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Reading List: The Milliner's Secret: An epic and heart-wrenching love story set in wartime Paris

While browsing Amazon Unlimited, I came across The Milliner's Secret: An epic and heart-wrenching love story set in wartime Paris by Natalie Meg EvansI'm in love with it. I just finished it and I wish I had more to read. The book follows the story of Cora Masson as she builds a name for herself. She starts out as a factory worker but escapes to make her own way around the time of World War II. The war greatly affects the characters in the book and you get to see Cora as she tries to make a life for herself.

I loved seeing what happened with Cora and the other charaters. I might buy The Dress Thief: A gripping novel of fashion, secrets and intrigue in 1930's Paris, also by Natalie Meg Evans. Technically, The Milliner's Secret is a sequel to The Dress Thief, but it worked as a stand-alone book.

What books would you recommend?

Gift Ideas For Those Who Don't Want Much

Most of my favorite gift ideas involve something that won't be around forever. If you can eat it, then it's probably a great gift. I don't have a very large living space, so displaying gifts and knick-knacks around is hard for me. However, in my opinion, some of the best gifts don't need to be stored. 1. Food. I don't see how you could go wrong with food. There's chocolate, fruit, meals, etc. You could buy them coffee or dinner and spend time with them. You could give them their favorite chocolate. You could make them their favorite cake. There's lots of ways you could give food. Plus, who doesn't like eating?

Cooked Cookie Dough Bowls for ice cream

Chocolate Strawberries are a cool food gift too. I made a blog post about them here.

2. Stationery. I have a little problem with how much I like stationery.  I use it  a lot and always want more. But, unless you know the person, or can find something classic that most people would like, you might want to shy away from this so you don't give them something contrary to their tastes. However, when I'm using stationery, I try to use the cards that I think the recipient would most like, so having  a few different styles isn't a bad thing.

3. Books. I don't usually buy books for myself but I'm always looking for something to read. You don't want to buy them something they already own or have read, but if you can find something good that they don't have and you like, then getting a book can be great. You're getting a gift that someone else likes and you get to try it. Now, to be fair, books take up a bit of space. I don't have any room for them in my room, but e-books are great and I use my kindle for most reading.

4. Flowers. Most people don't buy flowers for themselves so receiving flowers from a friend can be pretty cool. They can sit on your table, nightstand, or counter top for you to look at. They're a very pretty gift and can be from a friend, or a significant other. I always love to receive flowers and I can always find room for them somewhere.

A large pink peony flower

Do you have any other gift ideas?