A Pink Promise – A Simple Joy

January – 2011 – My new year last year started off with a flight to New England to see my grandbaby, Mackenzie, who had only been home from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the hospital for barely a month!  Still an infant, I was looking forward to holding her – a simple joy welcoming this sweet new life. 

I would need reading material for the plane ride – yet another simple joy I have precious little time TO enjoy.

Being buried in plenty of reading material pertaining to my work, I knew I did NOT want to take any work with me.   My book collections overflowed with pleasure reading just my speed – cozy mysteries and 19th century novels – and I had my pick of them.

So, the last thing I did before running out the door to the airport was to grab a copy of one of the Cottage Tales by Susan Wittig Albert – a cozy mysteries series about the life of Beatrix Potter when she bought her beloved Hill Top Farm in 1906.

I had been collecting them for a while as a sort of “get-to-one-of-these-days” things.  The series would consist of eight books – loosely based on historical fact – following Beatrix through many fictionalized adventures in the English countryside leading up to her joyful marriage to Will Heelis in 1913.   I posted a little about this last March – my fourth post – read In the Garden with Beatrix Potter.  For more on Ms. Albert and her works – and her marvel of a farm life in the Texas Hill Country – visit her at her blog Lifescapes, where you’ll find links to all her writing sites!

Oh, the joy of a satisfying and simple little story about beautiful places and noble individuals!  As to The Tale of Holly How – the second of the series, but first of it that I read – I finished the book by the time I returned home later that week and couldn’t wait to read the rest of them!  But, that was a tall order for a busy life like mine.  Could I really afford the leisure reading time with so much on my plate?

YES!  Oh, yes!  I MUST!  Really – don’t we all need to make time for pleasure reading?  Just a little escape?

So, I made myself a promise – not necessarily a resolution – a promise.

I promised myself  to read the entire Cottage Tales Series in one year!  That’s eight books to read for no other purpose but to simply enjoy them! 

To that end, it gives me great pleasure to report that – remaining committed to this promise – I made excellent progress.  In fact, my husband bought me the final book of the series – The Tale of Castle Cottage, released in time for my birthday in September.  Being the fellow who unpacks the boxes and sets the displays at a local Barnes & Noble store – he brought home the first one out of the box – hot off the press!

Gad!  The simple joy of holding a brand new book that you love in your hands!  It makes me feel PINK all over!

So, here it is, January – 2012 – one year later.  I am happy to report that I am now well into the final eighth book, The Tale of Castle Cottage, and, even better – the cover is PINK!!!!

Happy Pink Saturday – and many happily ever afters this year to you in all your pleasure reading!!!

Sharing this Pink Promise and Simple Joy with:

Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Trish’s Simply Sweet at Lily-Rose Cottage

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. I’ve not heard of this series before, but I will be on the look out for a copy to start reading. I love all of Jane Austen’s works, and last year I read all of Jan Karon’s book about Mitford. This one looks like a fresh start for a New Year 🙂

    Jocelyn @

  2. What a wonderful thing to keep your promise. I often think I should do more and read less, but since that probably won’t happen, it’s so nice to hear of a new series of books in which to immerse myself. Thanks for that!
    Happy Pink Saturday,

  3. I love English mysteries and see many on your bookshelves that I love including all the Robin Paige series which are such fun and well researched. I have missed this series…I tried one of her other books and didn’t get past the first chapter…didn’t like it…so will look for ones in this series.

    Hpw precious to hold your new grandbaby. What a blessing!

  4. I am making myself a promise (I love that) to read more for pure pleasure in this year. I tend to read for information more than pleasure these days. I think I’m going to copy some inspiration from your book shelves, including your feature book.

    Happy Pink Saturday, Miss Kathy!

  5. Great post!
    Happy pink saturday!!

  6. What a beautiful baby and what joy I know you must feel. I too was blessed with a grand baby for Christmas. Congratulations on this wonderful occasion.

  7. Happy Pink Saturday and New Year. Congrats on the newborn of last year and sure hope she’s well into her first year of life being well.
    It was your pile of pink books that got me to stop here before I break for lunch. Enjoyed my visit and will have to check into these books you’ve listed about which you have spoken. (I’m watching my composition after having visited Connie of Living Beautifully (Link #1). 🙂 Enjoyed my visit and continued thoughts of words and composition, and, reading. 🙂 Congratulations on having read and met you goal! Way to go! Jenn

  8. I have not read any of these but love the Beatrice Potter movies. This pink book just looks so yummy!!!! Have fun with the 8th and final.

  9. I didn’t know about that book series about Beatrix Potter!

    That little baby is so precious!

  10. Kathryn, I love this blog! My love for books has dwindled over the years, well not my love by the time to sit and read. You have brought back that love for me and I thank you. We all need to read more.
    I am giving you and this wonderful blog the Liebster Blog Award! Please stop by Hibiscus House and pick it up..Thanks, Dolly


  11. Sounds like your 2012 is getting off to a great start! Thank you for inspiring me to read more.

    Also, I read your Constellation Academy blog (thanks for visiting my blog and pointing me there.) What a wonderful endeavor!!!

    I long for 2012 to be a year of fruitfulness for me and I sense you are living this right now. Keep up the good work and God bless you!

  12. Reading, i just done make enough time for it.
    Keep sending us your reviews!

  13. Oh the joy of visiting blogs on weekend, everything you see is gorgeous and sweet. I love it!

    Come see my PINK, when you get a chance. Have a great weekend!

  14. Just in time for winter. I get obsessed with reading during this time of year. Seems like you like to curl up and hibernate too. Oh! Wish I could hug that wee one! (and the baby too! haha!)

  15. I must see if I can get those,looks like an excellent read. xx jeanetteann

  16. thanks for sharing about this series. I’m always interested in series and on the lookout for something like this. Blessings to you and yours in the year ahead.

  17. What great titles you have shared Kathryn! Thank you so much for stopping by the cottage and staying a bit 🙂

    Yes, I would really enjoy visiting your homeschooling sight. We need to encourage each other dear friends in all of our endeavors!



  18. Hi Kathy. I did know Robin Paige was SWA because of the book cover. It was a plain mystery, don’t remember what, that I didn’t finish. I really enjoy the Paige series…haven’t read the Lizard, but have all the rest. As a Brit w/ a penchant for history and a victoriana buff, I found that they were really accurate. That was so refreshing! Quite fun! Fun how they weave in various historical figures like Royce, TE Lawrence, Winston Churchill, Marconi etc. Great series! I’ll be looking for the other series you mentioned!

    GOD is so good even when we have a weak moment and fear he has deserted us.
    It is so funny…JOY is my goal this year…I will live it and hope to bring it to all I meet, see, and blog with. I have for 4 months been signing my art work JOYFULLY, Simply Debbie
    Precious Mackenzie is a MIRACLE.
    You have inspired me to read the Beatrix Potter books…I have the children books and some adorable bunny planters but did not know about these books…thank you…you are such a gift from God and a sweet, sweet spirit

  20. Lovely post. I am forever grateful for books. I adore reading – always have. And I agree with you – we need to take time out for ourselves and escape into those pages once in a while. These *Cottage* books look delightful!

    Reading is such a wonderful pastime. I’m a big fiction fan – I just love painting pictures in my mind.

    Enjoy your time, Kathy – (and aren’t you thankful for glasses so these *slightly older* eyes can see?!)


  21. Happy Pink Saturday, Kathy.

    You have me intrigued. I promise to check in to this series.

  22. You must be “tickled pink”, having such a sweet little girl baby to love. I’m glad you told us about this delightful series! I always liked Beatrix Potter too! I always read her stories to my grandkids, and once got a movie out of the Vineland library about her life.
    I wish you much joy and happiness in the New Year, and hope your new adventure with the schooling is going well!

  23. You always photograph so well dear Miss Kathy, but this one is really a charmer! How very sweet and precious.
    Thanks for the info on the Beatrix Potter series. How delightful.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Lady Linda

  24. Kathy your grand-daughter is so gorgeous!
    I love her name 🙂
    Your books sound wonderful – it must’ve been so interesting to read about Beatrix Potter.
    I’m glad you have all those beautiful ‘cottage’ books to enjoy throughout the year.
    Thanks for linking up, my friend.
    love and hugs… Trish

  25. Hello Kathy,
    I like the books you have shown us today.
    I’m a reader from way,way back.My father used to say if I didn’t have something to read, I’d read brown paper.
    I like to collect books…it’s always nice to know there is a lovely book sitting on the shelf waiting to be read.
    It’s a good feeling to get to the last book in a series..and, sometimes it’s a little sad too. Congrats on achieving the goal you promised yourself.
    Prayers for your home schooling project.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  26. Anonymous says:

    I have this series on my book list to read this year!

  27. I’m back. I didn’t realize I wasn’t following. Am now. And, I noticed that Pink Link #90(from this past Saturday) had a doll w/a hat which reminded me of you and your hat in your header photo. See ya next time. Jenn

  28. Happy Pink Saturday!

    Congrats on your grand baby!! Our third was born Dec. 27, so I think our little ones are very close in age!! 🙂

    I have not heard of that series of books…but I will look for them at our Barnes and Noble! How great that your hubby works there and gets first pick!!!

    Have a great week!


  29. I enjoy mysteries–I think I may just have to start that series! How delightful to visit a new grandchild!! I hope she is doing well.


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