Just as I was in a reading slump, my friend Vicki came to my rescue with a bag full of books. I’ve just started reading my way through them, beginning with the romances:
— Jo Goodman, Let Me Be The One.
Jo Goodman writes thoughtful, interesting historical romances with well-rounded characters and Let Me Be The One is no exception. It’s the first of a quartet, featuring four best friends who have formed a “Compass Club” (each is nicknamed after a point of the compass). I’d expected to be turned off by the club concept, but the intricacies of the story more than made up for the naming system.
— Eve Silver, Dark Desires.
Rather that prostitute herself, a down on her luck Victorian woman becomes an anatomist’s assistant. But is he acquiring his corpses in less than savory ways? A foggy London gothic romance novel of the “is he good? is he evil? is he Jack the Ripper?” variety.
— Carla Kelly, Marrying The Captain.
I’m making up for years of not having read Carla Kelly. Marrying The Captain features another pair of incredibly sensible, likable people: in this case, a viscount’s illegitimate daughter and a naval captain. You can imagine them getting on well with Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth.
I’ll be getting to the historical fiction and mystery novels in the care package next week….
What have you been reading this week?
Side note: If you’ve read The Ashford Affair, and have thoughts to share, I would be very grateful if you would consider posting a review. (One of the metrics by which authors are judged these days is by number of reviews, particularly Amazon reviews. It’s silly, but there it is.) And now back to our regularly scheduled reading round-up….