This was a book suggested to me by my mom. It’s not often she suggests books for me to read so I went and found it on Amazon (it’s free!).
As she warned me, this is an old fashioned romance ebook, but it’s still very sweet. It involves arranged marriages, the library (!), and, of course, a rose garden. It is very much rated PG13, because it does involve adult kind of things, like death, injury, and some wedding night expectations, but nothing racey, bloody, or violent. It’s also fairly short. I recommend it to everyone interested at all, and since it’s free on Amazon there’s no reason not to.
It has been awhile since I even touched a romance novel, but I couldn’t resist. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss quickly became one of my favorite romance authors years ago when I was in my romance phase. I’m still drawn to her books and after reading this one have considered going back and rereading some others.
Woodiwiss redefined the historical romance genre, and every single book of hers I’ve read has become and instant favorite. This one is no different, and I ate it up very quickly. It’s hard to put down any of her books. I will say that for awhile I thought a couple details were glossed over or forgotten but the author picked them back up later, to which I was relieved. I hate when details are mentioned and then never referred to again.
In the end, the guys get the girls, some of them are pregnant, and everybody lives happily ever after. Such is the bumpy road of romance novels.
I’ve been to the library again. I broke out of my mold and picked up three books (which I shouldn’t have done because I was late returning them!). I picked up the next James Patterson book in the series I’m reading. I picked up a book from my favorite romance author, and a classic book I’ve never read.
The 3rd Degree by James Patterson
The Women’s Murder Club returns in a shockingly suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies…and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner’s office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying, he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one will it be?
Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
The reigning queen of historical romance, Kathleen offers her loyal audience an engrossing, medieval love story that is sure to delight them. Abrielle, a stunningly beautiful young lady dreads the marriage her stepfather has arranged. Desmond is an oafish, grotesque, yet wealthy squire and her greedy stepfather can’t see past his wealth. Luckily, a mysterious and handsome Scotsman, Raven, arrives. Abrielle and Raven sense an instant connection. Her beauty and intelligence and his dashing good looks and gentle demeanor complement each other. In an attempt to save the women he loves, Raven approaches Abrielle’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. He is rejected. Will their love prevail?
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.
Have you been to your local library lately? What are you currently reading?
Originally I picked up this ebook thinking it was the one that Disney’s Bambi was based on. It’s not.
What it is though is a fun read for someone like me. Bambi, Bambina, Francesca, Miss Mite, whatever you’d like to call her, marries Jarvis on a whim, because he needs taking care of and that what Bambi’s done all her life for her mathematician father.
Jarvis is a playwright who’s never sold a play, and Bambi is seeking a career for herself to take care of her charges. What ensues is a wonderful tale of making your dreams come true and finding love in old New York.