I missed the ends of May and June for my reading write-ups, so I’m posting them all right here, in one long round-up:
Romance novel, enjoyable, but not terribly memorable.
I love Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, and this is a good one. I listened to it on audiobook.
Amusing and cute Evanovich romance.
This is a great new world, new storyline, new characters– good fantasy fiction to enjoy, and definitely recommended.
Kind of a sociological study of the development of the knitting craze.
Good contemporary romance with a hip-hop/music star scene.
Told in letters, this is an unusual Austen novel in that the title character is kind of, well, a bitch.
Some angels are mighty and powerful. And some are, well…. “special.” This was a really cute novel, especially when paired with other heartwarming stories, like Fido.
Shearer is the voice of several characters on The Simpsons, so when listening to the audiobook, I kept expecting Principal Skinner to make an appearance. But this novel is a cute story about Indian gaming, casino mobsters, and fake tribes.
A romance novel taking place at a gardening store. It kind of weirded me out that, in this novel, the protagonist loses her husband in September of 2001, to a commuter plane crash. One assumes the crash happened between the 1st and 10th of the month, since no planes flew after the 11th for at least 2 weeks, and you simply would not have someone on a commuter flight without a lot of anxiety about it. I’ve encountered this before, where the author placed the novel somewhere just before or after the “fateful day” and makes no reference to the World Trade towers, Pentagon, etc. I know in a romance novel, you don’t want to give a story too much serious weight, but if that’s the case, it’s pretty simple: don’t set the plane crash in September of 2001. Put it in May. Or Fall of 2002. or Fall of 2000. It’s not like the year is important to the rest of the story. By placing the story at the same time as this big horrible event and not addressing it– it just seems wrong.
The rest of the story is a fine romance novel with an old Southern twist.