It’s been British Chick Lit fest for me this week! It all started with:
— Trisha Ashley, Twelve Days of Christmas.
You know my weakness for house inheritance books, right? This one isn’t an inheritance– the heroine is hired to house-sit for the Christmas holidays– but it’s still the fun of the heroine exploring a draughty old manor house and becoming part of the dotty local community. I really enjoyed it.
— Kate Saunders, The Marrying Game.
Once the British chick lit bug bit me…. The Marrying Game begins and ends on Christmas, so it seemed like the right follow-up to Twelve Days of Christmas. It is a beautifully written book that wears its erudition lightly and it has one of my absolute favorite characters: Berry, who’s sort of a cross between Turnip and Miles.
— Kate Saunders, Bachelor Boys.
You can see how one thing leads to another. I adore Kate Saunders’s writing style, so once I’d started, it made sense to go on and re-read her Bachelor Boys, another novel of matches, mis-matches, dealing with loss, and learning about love.
Next up? Probably Elizabeth Young’s Fair Game, which is an annual re-read for me, taking place, as it does, over the Christmas holidays. The US edition has the appalling title A Promising Man (and About Time, Too), but I’ve clung to my beloved old UK edition.
This orgy of British chick lit does have another purpose. The modern segment of the book I’m currently working on (the second non-Pink book) is set in a suburb of London, and I find it helps to immerse myself in contemporary British fiction and television to get the idioms and rhythm of speech right.
What have you been reading?