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.