Happy Friday! I’ve been squinting my way through some terrible handwriting from one of the members of the Smith College Relief Unit (I suppose writing on a transatlantic liner while worrying about torpedoes is some excuse for sloppy penmanship?), but when I can sneak away from the sources for my next book, I’ve been resting my eyes with a couple of new– and very different– books.
First up was Angie Kim’s Miracle Creek, in which layer upon layer of secrets seep out during a murder trial after the explosion of a therapeutic oxygen tank. Was it premeditated murder? Who really lit that cigarette under the oxygen tank? And is anyone really innocent in this? It reminded me a little of Katie Moretti’s The Blackbird Season and a little of Jean Kwok’s Chasing Sylvie Lee.
After that, I needed something a little lighter, so I moved on to Lilly Bartlett’s The Happy Home for Ladies, in which the cook for a retirement home for ladies is in the midst of dealing with the death of her mother and her own romantic confusion when everyone’s life at the all-women retirement home is turned upside down by the owner insisting on admitting men. It’s very much Trisha Ashley crossed with The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living.
What have you been reading this week?