I’m back from my unplanned absence from the blogging world. Life threw us a few curveballs earlier this month, and then the kids had lots of stuff going on. God bless all you extrovert moms out there. I love your outgoing personalities, enthusiasm, and energy. But at one point, this introvert simply needed a break from it all. Since I can’t simply crawl into bed and not come out of the bedroom for a few days, I took comfort in books. Where else? Today’s recommended reading is brought to you by some of the authors I turn to when I want to gently float, rather than be swept away.
Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from Your Lover
The thing I like about Moyes is that she consistently writes believable characters and interesting stories. I can buy into the situations without having to stretch my imagination. The characters are smart, even if they don’t always make smart choices. The stories make me think and feel. Her books always hit the spot, and this one is no exception. I especially liked the story that’s set in the 1960s.
Marisa de los Santos, Love Walked In
Here’s another heroine who is easy to relate to. She’s down to earth, with a good head and a good heart. It’s also a book about friendship, and it makes you feel warm and sometimes fuzzy on the inside. It gets bonus points for taking place in Philadelphia and mentioning the movie “The Sure Thing.” I can’t tell you how often my girlfriend and I watched this movie growing up.
Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen
Josey Cirrini’s life gets thrown off balance when one day she suddenly finds a woman living in her closet. But the odd encounter leads to some positive changes in Josey’s life. It’s another book where friendship takes the front seat, and even with a little added magic, it all makes perfect sense. I like this one even better than Allen’s Garden Spells.
Tell me, dear readers, what book or author do you turn to when you are looking for a comfort read?