I totally get it. I have young kids too and it’s hard for me to find a lot of recreational reading time, but I have never considered myself a ‘light beach’ read type of gal, and I told her as much. I tend to like a complex plot, so I told her I was not sure the books I recommended would suit her desires. After I explained my love of meaty books, she told me to hit her with my list.I felt as if I needed to go home and really think this through, almost like I was bringing a friend over from the dark side of light fluff. After securing a night to think about it, I came up with my three favorite books this year―novels I think would bring anyone over to the light side of complex fiction reading. Pun intended!
And since I know a whole gaggle of girls who are about to get away from their kids for a long weekend at the beach with their best friends, this list is for them and whoever else might be looking for a story to so transport them that they never want the novel to end, even if it is already over a thousand pages!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – The writing in this book is like the most exquisitely made box of imported chocolates. The words melt in your mouth and leave a story you cannot quit eating at page by page. The love story will inspire you, break your heart, and then fill you with hope once more. The circus arrives unexpectedly and what transpires in the circus will defy your imagination with the lengths people will go to in order to see their ambitions come to fruition.
The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory – What could make for a better summer read than a duchess descended from a river goddess? The duchess Jaquetta has the gift of second sight and must be very careful when and if she uses it to weave through the tumultuous times she lives in at King Henry the VI’s court. Throw in a love that conquers all between the duchess and her first husband’s squire and you will find yourself alternately weeping for sorrow and joy.
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon – If you have followed Claire and Jamie’s story, I need say no more, but for those poor, unfortunate ones of you out there that have not yet jumped on this bandwagon, you are missing a rich historical read with colorful character, strong family ties, an exquisitely created romance, violent loss and gains, heart filling reunions and heart wrenching departures and in this particular novel you will find time travelers living in Colonial America with the knowledge of the war to come and a hard choice of what they should do with this knowledge.
So what is on your ‘must read’ summer list? Are you a light or heavy fiction reader?
Have a great day!Julie Johnstone, The Marchioness of Mayhem