Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
— Elsie Lee, Prior Betrothal.
In the past, I’ve tended to avoid Elsie Lee’s historicals, sticking with her 1960s romantic suspense (with the notable exception of Silence Is Golden, a Victorian-set, classic Gothic, annual re-read for me). But there was an Elsie Lee Regency in the care package my wonderful friend Vicki sent me, so I decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did. It had all the sprightliness of the modern Elsie Lee with a Heyer-esque capacity for the ridiculous. In fact, it reminded me very much of Heyer’s Grand Sophy in places. There was a Pollyanna-esque sweetness about the way the heroine set about improving everyone else’s lives. I now have to go find my other old Elsie Lee Regencies that have been sitting around unread….
— LaVyrle Spencer, Small Town Girl.
This was less of a win for me, although I can’t quite put my finger on why. This was a contemporary (written in the early 90s) set in small town Missouri. Despite my quibbles, there was a lot I liked about it: the big star having to readjust to life in her old hometown, watching her spar with her sisters, getting an inside peek at the country music business. I’ve been told that the one I really have to read is Morning Glory, set in World War II Georgia.
— Barbara Michaels, House of Many Shadows.
I know, I know, I go back to my old Barbara Michaels collection like a homing pigeon. But who doesn’t love stories involving big old houses, clearing out attics, and historical mysteries? (In fact, I’m writing one of those myself right now….)
— Barbara Michaels, Be Buried in the Rain.
Once the Barbara Michaels bug bites…. This is another old favorite, a contemporary heroine who gets stuck going back to the decaying family mansion to nurse her despised grandmother. But what evil lurks on the grounds of Maidenwood?
What have you been reading this week?