I’ve been continuing the old favorites kick this week, rediscovering more books on the back of the shelves:
— Barbara Michaels, Shattered Silk.
Okay, I’ll admit it. At one point, this was one of my less-favored Barbara Michaels novels. I adored the previous book in the trilogy, Ammie, Come Home, which has an excellent ghost story (who doesn’t love possession by restless Revolutionary War era spirits?) and a thoroughly sympathetic hero and heroine. Shattered Silk, on the other hand, was about human rather than paranormal threats. And the heroine, with the arrogance of eighteen, struck me as a complete doormat. Since then, the book has grown on me by leaps and bounds. The very lack of ghosts I found so distressing back then is rather appealing now. Human beings make much more interesting malefactors.
— M.M. Kaye, Shadow of the Moon.
Switching gears a bit…. After reading Zemindar last week, how could I not go on to Shadow of the Moon? My soon-to-be-husband took one look at the spine of my 80’s copy and said, “You’ve read that a few times, haven’t you?” Er, only fifteen or sixteen. It was my introduction to M.M. Kaye, to her wonderfully complex heroes and heroines, to colonial India and the Mutiny of 1857. It was and is a beautifully written and entirely compelling novel.
At some point, I’m going to have to stop with the re-reads and pick up something new! What have you been reading?