One of the perks of conferences is the goody bag of books (and the long plane rides on which to read said books). I use these as opportunities for discovering authors I might not otherwise have tried. Here’s this week’s haul:
— Liza Palmer, More Like Her.
Sarah MacLean told me I had to read this, so since Sarah said…. I was very glad I’d listened. I’d call this the big sister of chick lit, more serious, but with that intimate, first person voice, as our narrator tries to make sense of a shocking tragedy at the school where she’s employed as a speech therapist. I stayed up way too late reading this one, despite early morning breakfast plans.
— Robin Carr, Sunrise Point .
This book kept me company on the way home from Anaheim. I’d meant to work on Purple Plumeria, but read straight through this instead. If you like small town novels, Americana, and tales of struggle rewarded, go for it. I’d never read any of the Virgin River books before, but that didn’t get in the way of enjoying the story and rooting for a heroine who had a great deal to overcome, a single mother with two young children determined to work as hard as it took to keep them fed and sheltered. It was truly heartwarming.
— Alma Katsu, The Taker.
Alma did an amazing job moderating the panel I was on at Cerritos Public Library. I’m not sure how to describe her book, since it reminded me of many things– Julia Spencer-Fleming, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, J.R. Ward, Kostova’s The Historian— without really being like any of them. It’s the dark and compelling story of a girl from a small Maine village in the early 19th century whose obsessive love drives her into the hands of a pack of dangerous immortals.
— Georgette Heyer, Sprig Muslin.
This is an old favorite, not part of the conference haul. All I can say is, no one writes it like Georgette Heyer. Only Heyer could manage a romance where the hero and heroine are separated for the larger part of the novel. And the mob scene at the end is one of my all time favorite fictional moments– sheer comic genius!
What have you been reading?