Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
— Susanna Kearsley, The Firebird.
I’ve been a fan of Susanna Kearsley ever since I stumbled upon Season of Storms in a B&N in Boston back in 2001. For those of you who follow Kearsley, The Firebird manages to link two of her previous books: my all time favorite, The Shadowy Horses, and the more recent time slip novel, The Winter Sea. The book goes back and forth between a current day art historian with a curious talent for divining the past of the objects she holds and the history of the object she’s tracing, which takes the reader back to eighteenth century Scotland, Belgium, and St. Petersburg.
— Wendy Webb, The Fate of Mercy Alban.
After reading The Firebird, I went into a bit of a book slump. Huge thanks to everyone on Facebook who took the time to share suggestions with me! One of the titles that popped up was The Fate of Mercy Alban, a modern gothic ghost story set in a vast old mansion in Minnesota. I love old house books, especially old house books replete with family secrets and a whiff of the supernatural….
— Susan Elizabeth Phillips, This Heart of Mine.
I was tempted to go on a Gothic binge after The Fate of Mercy Alban, but something about the summery weather inspired me to re-read This Heart of Mine, a contemporary romance novel set largely during a summer at an old campground in Michigan, complete with lake, gazebo, and a bed and breakfast that needs some managing. SEP has a talent for creating settings that you want to move into, and the campground in this book is no exception.
What have you been reading this week?