Playing catch up again on book reviews! I really liked all 3 of these books so check them out and let me know what you think! I’m going to be a couple books short of my goal of 50 for the year, which is a little disappointing since there’s literally been no social life for 9+ months, but that it completely my own fault. I’m bad a turning on the tv instead of reading. But maybe that can be a goal for 2021 since we’re not out of the pandemic woods yet. And my goal is to finish one more before the end of the week!
The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey is probably up there as one of my favorite books ever. Selina Lennox is a young adult looking to find her own way in a post-WWII life where she is expected to marry a respectable (and rich) man and become a house wife. She resists this at first, even becoming involved with a poor artist, but tragic events lead her to give up and give in to her mother’s wishes. We learn about her life, though, through her daughter’s eyes as she stays with Selina’s parents while her parents are away. Selina gives her a treasure hunt to find various things in the house and on the grounds, all the while telling her daughter about her life. It is beautifully written and, although predictable at times, definitely makes you want to keep reading.
Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan is a follow up to his Crazy Rich Asians series (which I loved). There are some mentions of characters from the original series but for the most part it’s completely new. Lucie meets George at a lavish wedding on the isle of Capri and the two resist their feelings for each other until they can’t stand it and end up in a precarious situation. Years later, their paths cross again, only this time Lucie is engaged and they have trouble dealing with the rush of memories from the long-ago idyllic week in Capri. It’s definitely a book for pure entertainment, no thinking or
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn was another quick and pure entertainment read set in New York City. Meg runs a hand-lettering business and is working to really get off the ground with a new business opportunity when a ghost from the past comes back to haunt her. Unfortunately for her, this ghost is an attractive former client who she decides to take a chance on getting to know better. There are some twists and turns, as well as some steamy scenes (in case that makes you uncomfortable, you’ve been warned).