A Mountain of Meringues...

A Mountain of Meringues...

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A nice tribute Bron. I sometimes saw him in the street as he lived in Remuera near a friend.

barbara — Sunday 20th January 2008 3:31 pm

See (or rather hear)


for more on Sir Ed. A great man.

Bronwyn — Sunday 20th January 2008 3:39 pm

What a wonderful tribute. I love your mountain. Thanks for the recipe.
I had the privilege of meeting Sir Edmund Hillary twice, once in Colorado and once in Namche in the Everest region where I used to lead treks to the base camp. He dedicated his life to helping the Sherpas who were such a critical part of his first ascent. Beyond the Summit is the first work to dramatize their lives in fiction. Hillary's work in the area is mentioned frequently as well as his climbing partner, Tenzing Norgay.
Details of Sherpa culture and religion are interwoven in a tale of romance and high adventure. The story has something for everyone: a love affair between an American journalist and Sherpa guide, conflict between generations as the modern world challenges centuries of tradition, an expedition from the porter’s point of view.

Below are selections from reviews. To read the complete ones and excerpts go to www.beyondthesummit-novel.com

Beyond the Summit, is the rare gem that shows us the triumphs and challenges of a major climb from the porter’s point of view. The love of two people from diverse cultures is the fiery centerpiece of a novel that leads its readers through harshly beautiful and highly dangerous territory to the roof of the world. Malcolm Campbell, book reviewer

Conflict and dialog keep this gripping story of destiny, romance and adventure moving from the first page to the last paragraph. LeBlanc has a genius for bonding her readers and her characters. I found I was empathizing in turn with each character as they faced their own personal crisis or trauma.
Richard Blake for Readers Views.

A gripping, gut-twisting expedition through the eyes of a porter reveals the heart and soul of Sherpas living in the shadows of Everest. EverestNews.com

A hard-hitting blend of adventure and romance which deserves a spot in any serious fiction collection. Midwest Book Review

LeBlanc is equally adept at describing complex, elusive emotions and the beautiful, terrifying aspect of the Himalayan Mountains. Boulder Daily Camera

LeBlanc’s vivid description of the Himalayas and the climbing culture makes this a powerful read. Rocky Mt News Pick of the Week

A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there. USABookNews.com

This is the book to read before you embark on your pilgrimage to Nepal. The author knows and loves the people and the country, and makes you feel the cold thin air, the hard rocks of the mountains, the tough life of the Sherpa guides, and you learn to love them too. This is a higly literate, but also very readable book. Highly recommended.”
– John (college professor)

Memorable characters and harrowing encounters with the mountains keep the action moving with a vibrant balance of vivid description and dialogue. Literary Cafe Host, Healdsburg, CA

This superbly-crafted novel will land you in a world of unimaginable beauty, adventure, and romance. The love story will keep you awake at night with its vibrant tension and deep rich longing. Wick Downing, author of nine novels

Such vividly depicted images of the Everest region and the Sherpa people are the perfect scenario for the romance and adventure feats narrated. It’s a page-turner, so engrossing you end up wanting to visit Nepal! Not just novel, but perfect for those seeking to get acquainted with the culture of this country.
By Claudia Fournier (América, Bs. As., Argentina)

Available through Barnes and Noble, Borders, amazon.com, Chesslerbooks.com, and the web site

Linda LeBlanc — Monday 21st January 2008 5:21 am

Bron this is a lovely tribute to much more than just a mountain climber.
Probably the spirit in him that took him to the top of the world is the same spirit of his respect for humanity and the Sherpa people.
The meringues are gorgeous! and so light we can eat all 32!!

MyKitchenInHalfCups — Monday 21st January 2008 5:36 am

I echo the others' sentiments. Lovely and fitting tribute to such a great man.


jasmine — Monday 21st January 2008 1:07 pm

lovely meringues, bron!! yes, we were all mourning for the hero. may he rest in peace. hugs.

arfi — Monday 21st January 2008 2:13 pm

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. May he rest in peace and his spirit soar higher than the mountains he loved. I will join you in climbing your particularly yummy everest!! I wont need a sherpa guide to help me work my way to the top either :) Thank you for a great post highlighting the life of a true humanitarian & great philanthropist. The world could do with many more Sir Eds!! My prayers are with you all today (there) but is still yesterday here :) as he is laid to rest.

Colleen in Cape Town — Tuesday 22nd January 2008 9:40 am

A moving and beautiful tribute, Bron.

Cynthia — Tuesday 22nd January 2008 11:57 am

Judging by the size of that summit, I could scale that all by myself...

Nigel — Tuesday 22nd January 2008 7:10 pm

Well Done Bron!

Paul — Tuesday 22nd January 2008 9:04 pm

A fitting tribute to a wonderful man!

Cakelaw — Wednesday 23rd January 2008 12:18 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words everyone.
"Sir Ed" was indeed a great and wonderful man, it was a very moving service to watch yesterday. He will not be forgotten!
Thanks again

bron — Wednesday 23rd January 2008 3:59 pm

I can't imagine that Hillary wouldn't have loved this dessert! What a wonderful way to celebrate his life and accomplishments.

Lydia — Thursday 24th January 2008 5:19 pm

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