Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Facing the Light

I purchased this book some time ago. Any book with a picture of an English country house on the cover, a mention of Binchy and Pilcher on the back, and a description of an extended family gathering, well, I just cannot resist. It sat in the big stack of books to be read until one day I read this review and thought to myself, 'well that sounds like something I would enjoy'. I proceeded to see if the book was available on one of my swapping sites when I suddenly realized I might have this book upstairs. Lo and behold.

This is just the sort of comfort read I've come to love. A family comes together at Willow Court, the home of matriarch Leonora, to celebrate her 75th birthday. There are mysteries and revelations, an eccentric artist, an elderly nanny who remembers just enough, and a touch of romance. All come together to bring this novel to life and to its satisfying conclusion. A good read, indeed.

Over the weekend I purchased this.

It was really about time I was reading this alongside the biography which details the writing and production of each book. I rarely pay full price for a book such as this but it had to be done. The loveliest part of this purchase is sharing it with my daughter. She was a bit confused as to why I was making this purchase for myself.

I have also started The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. My bookclub will be discussing this in July. I hope that I find as much pleasure in it as I did the first time I read it a few years ago.


Carrie K said...

I finally read The Blind Assassin a few months ago for my book club and I really enjoyed it.

That Beatrix Potter bio looks interesting! It always takes me a little time to sink into their lives.

Iliana said...

Well now I'm intrigued... I know I've seen Geras' novels before but haven't picked one up. Sounds like a good summer read. Now guess who's going over to the swapping sites to see if she can find one :)

Tara said...

Carrie, I'm glad you liked The Blind Assassin. I've thought it was just brilliantly crafted. The Potter bio is interesting. I'm enjoying taking it slowly, as there is so much information.

Bookgirl, I think this book is a good summer beach-type read. Good luck on the swap sites!