It’s a short list for me this week (I’ve been busy wrestling with Miss Gwen, who isn’t going gently into her book). Here’s what I’ve been reading:
— Gay Daly, Pre-Raphaelites in Love.
This began as research, but turned into reading as pleasure. (Right now, the plan is for the next non-Pink book to take place in the early days of the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, in the spring and summer of 1849.) It’s definitely worth reading just for fun. Daly explores the private lives of the major PreRaphaelite painters, reconstructing their domestic affairs through their letters and journals. I was particularly tickled to learn that the novelist Wilkie Collins had thrown John Everett Millais’s stag party. Victorian London could be a very small place!
— Kristan Higgins, Somebody To Love.
I’d intended to save this to bribe myself with– but, really, how long can one hold out against a Kristan Higgins novel? This is a sequel to The Next Best Thing, set in the same small town as Catch of the Day, and involves one of my favorite plot tropes: the down-on-her-luck heroine who inherits an old house.
(Confession: last July, when I was between books, I began writing my own contemporary romance– about a down-on-her-luck heroine who inherits an old house. About a hundred pages in, deadlines for other books started to loom and I had to put it aside. But I might post the first couple of chapters on the website for you all this summer, just for fun.)
What have you been reading?