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Two in one: my reviews of Syd Blackwell’s Innside Stories and Keith van Sickle’s One Sip at a Time

May 23, 2018

Innside stories by Syd Blackwell


This is a very enjoyable collection of tales from the keeper of an inn in the Canadian Rockies. I liked the author’s relaxed, but highly professional approach to looking after his customers and there were some great stories here. I particularly liked the bear episodes and the array of characters that passed through the inn. I can well imagine that keeping a hostelry in such an environment invites a wide variety of very interesting people, so I was intrigued by the fact that the author allowed people to view the rooms first and pick the one that they wanted (where possible). It was clear that the rooms matched the personalities in many respects.

This book was very pleasant easy reading and it gave some great insights on both the hospitality industry and about life in the Canadian Rockies. I would have enjoyed staying at Wintergreen myself, I’m sure. Syd sounds like a very nice man!

The link to the book on Amazon is here


One Sip at a Time by Keith van Sickle



This is again a thoroughly enjoyable book of anecdotes and stories from the author and his wife’s early experiences of living part time in France. I particularly appreciated their efforts to learn the language and speak French with local people. For me, there are so many beautiful places in the world, but it’s the people who make the difference. Keith van Sickle and his wife, Valerie, made certain that the people made the difference for them and the book is peopled with lovely characters from the villages in which they made their home during their extended stays in France.

I really enjoyed the author’s sense of humour too and altogether, it was a charming and refreshing read. If you love France and the French people, One Sip at a Time is a collection of stories to warm you still further to this wonderful country.

The link to the book is here

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  1. Love your reviews, Val. You always hit the target.

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