Happy Friday, all! Here’s what I’ve been reading this week.
— Harriet Evans, Happily Ever After.
I’ve been reading Harriet Evans’s books since a friend gave me A Hopeless Romantic as a gift years ago. I think of her books as the next stage after chick lit: that frank, open tone, the addressing of day to day modern lives, but dealing with deeper emotions and larger issues than traditional chick lit. This one was the best of the lot so far, showing the full progression of the character’s growth from a naive just out of university girl to a grown up editor in her thirties, charting the various stages along the way.
— P.G. Wodehouse, Blandings Castle.
This was really two collections in one: a series of short stories centered around Lord Emsworth of Blandings Castle (think an older version of Turnip Fitzhugh, or a septagenarian Bertie Wooster), and then a bunch of short stories about Englishmen in Hollywood. The former batch, on Wodehouse’s usual turf of country house shenanigans, were sheer genius.
— Kristan Higgins, The Next Best Thing.
This is an old favorite re-read for me, contemporary romance set in a small town in Rhode Island.
— Teresa Grant, The Paris Affair (aka The Princess’s Secret).
One of the perks of being a writer is getting to read books before they come out. The Paris Affair is the follow up to Vienna Waltz and Imperial Scandal, the third Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch mystery set in the midst of the intrigue immediately following the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
What have you been reading?