Here’s what I read the last three months:
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
This is the first Kate Morton book I’ve read, and it was her debut novel. The main story is set in England between the wars, but the story is told in flashbacks by a woman who witnessed the action and kept a secret all her life. I enjoyed this story immensely and will read more of Kate Morton’s books. If you are intrigued by this era, are a fan of Downton Abbey or enjoy the upstairs/downstairs way of life, you would most likely enjoy this book. I know I did.
Tinkers by Paul Harding
Tinkers won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2010. It’s a short book at 191 pages, and if you liked the books you read in English Literature classes, you will probably enjoy it. George Washington Crosby is dying. As he drifts in and out of consciousness, his memories intertwine with those of his father and his mother. The language is beautiful and often poetic as it explores the themes of life and death and what lies in between. This is not an easy read. It has a disjointed quality as it follows George’s dreams and hallucinations, but the images and ideas are vivid and thought-provoking. I imagine this is a book that is even better with every reading. I enjoyed it very much.
A Fine Place for Death by Ann Granger
I listened to this book on audio. When two young girls are brutally slain in the English market town of Bamford, one the heiress to one of Bamford’s oldest aristocratic families, Inspector Alan Markby and his pal Meredith Mitchel search for the murderer. A Fine Place for Death is the sixth book in the Markby & Mitchell Village Whodunit Series. I loved the characters and the setting, but the “mystery” was not satisfying. Perhaps if I started with the first book and read through to this one, I would have enjoyed it more.
I haven’t read many pet books. I have mixed emotions about them. On the one hand, I enjoy reading about another person’s special relationship with their pets, something I can relate to since I have pets I love dearly. On the other hand, I always feel slightly uneasy because just like with kids, pet parents have strong opinions about the way they raise and care for their pets. If you completely align with a particular author, I imagine you feel great about the book. If you hold different opinions, you feel a bit uncomfortable.
That being said, I enjoyed reading Conversations with Woo. Meg speaks openly and honestly about her life and the part pets have played in it. Her relationship with her pups, particularly Woo, chronicles a beautiful love story and she shares many of the life lessons they taught her. I read this book very quickly, which is a testament to the author’s writing and not to my reading speed. If you like to read pet books, this is a wonderful pick.