What with the food coma factor, I’m having a hard time remembering what I read yesterday, much less earlier in the week, but here’s an attempted recreation….
— Lori Wilde, The First Love Cookie Club
I was given this at RWA this summer, but it was July and this book looked decidedly Christmassy, so I saved it– and I’m so glad I did. There are swirling snowflakes, Christmas cookies, second chances and an adorable small child in want of a mother. There may have been some tearing up on the train as I was reading this.
— Liz Young, Fair Game.
In the States, this is called A Promising Man (and About Time, Too), but I cling stubbornly to the copy I picked up the winter I was living in England.
(Side note: when British books are republished in the US, why do they give them such awful titles? Like changing Wendy Holden’s Pastures Nouveaux— yay, Milton reference!– to Farm Fatale. And then there’s the movie The Honest Courtesan, which became Dangerous Beauty. Same great movie, not great title. I disapprove. I also digress.)
Young does a brilliant job juggling side plots for her side characters, which are as much a part of the story as the main romance. In other words, she recreates a convincing sense of life in all its fullness, in a wonderfully exuberant way. In both the wider cast of characters and the tone, there’s a lot in common with Kristan Higgins’ books.
— Jill Shalvis, Simply Irresistible
This is also part of the RWA haul from this summer, saved for a more seasonable time of year. I’m just starting it now, so I’ll let you know how it goes.
What have you been reading?