Since I’m immersed in dread revisions, the horrible, scary bit where you’ve torn apart the book but haven’t put it back together yet (and are beginning to wonder whether the original version was really that bad or if maybe you should be giving it all up and trying sheep-farming), it was time for some serious comfort reading from the back of the Old Books I Haven’t Read In A While section of the bookshelf. Which produced:
— Dorothy Cannell’s Down the Garden Path, a madcap mystery in which a young woman goes in undercover in a stately home to discover the truth of her origins (hmm, not like that has anything in common with my manuscript). I found this back in the Middle School Book Fair when I was a tween and I have such warm, fuzzy memories of the joy of discovering Dorothy Cannell’s prose.
— Joan Wolf’s Royal Bride, in which our Regency heroine, the younger sister, marries the ruler of a small European principality when her sister, the intended bride, elopes with the Prince’s cousin day’s before the wedding. Political intrigue in a made-up European sovereign principality? Yes, please!
— Carla Kelly, The Wedding Journey, in which a shy physician in Spain during the Peninsular Wars marries the daughter of a scapegrace officer in order to save her from being prostituted to pay her father’s debts. Cut off from the rest of the regiment by the spite of the would-be despoiler, they then have to make their way back through Spain and Portugal to the British lines. As always, Carla Kelly tells a compelling story. (Confession: this wasn’t one of the Old Book Brigade. This was part of a recent care package from my wonderful college roommate. But it has that comfort read feel.)
And I think that’s about it for me…. What have you been reading this week?