For plane trips I always try to find a book that is sure to get me hooked and engrossed, a "guilty pleasure"-type novel. Don't get me wrong here; when I say that, I don't mean racy or R-rated or anything. I just mean a novel that I can read with absolutely no plan to rate or review it afterward. I've been doing a lot of Amazon and Goodreads reviews lately, which I really like to do, to help my fellow Christian/Catholic authors promote their works; but when I read a book knowing that I'm going to review it, I probably don't enjoy the process of reading it as much as I should because I almost feel like I've got a big homework assignment due at the end. (Maybe someday I'll get better at writing reviews and the task won't seem as daunting; but I'm still a greenhorn.)
Anyway, the novel I chose for my most recent flights (out to CO with my husband, to babysit for our twin granddaughters for five days so that their parents--and baby sister--could take a trip to the Midwest to go house-hunting) is The American Heiress. Here's the endorsement blurb on the cover that convinced me I'd found the perfect book to use as a security blanket on this latest airplane trip: "Anyone suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms (who isn't?) will find an instant tonic in Daisy Goodwin’s The American Heiress." Bingo! Any book that promised to resonate with a Downton Abbey fanatic sounded like just the ticket for me. Set in the late 1800's, Daisy Goodwin's debut novel tells the story of a beautiful young girl named Cora (what a coincidence!), an uber-wealthy debutante from Newport whose social climbing mother wants her to go to England and marry someone with a title. Ooh, just what the doctor ordered to offset my chronic fear of flying! I thought I could get a good start on the book on the plane rides, and then after we tucked the twins into bed each night this week, I could read relax on the couch with a nighttime cup of coffee and read a couple of chapters before turning in myself. Yes, this delicious, best-selling period novel is what I was going to be reading this Wednesday, folks.
Before I move on, doesn't the picture on the cover of this book I'm not reading Wednesday remind you of that artsy photo I took of my newest daughter-in-law, Braveheart, as she was getting ready on her wedding day last month? I posted it before, but here it is again.
Anyway--if I'm not reading The American Heiress, as planned, then what am I reading, you ask?
Well, I'm reading what these two pint-sized duck feeders want me to read to them, that's what!
I especially like the one about the Browne twins' first birthday, because it ends by saying that the best present of all is the news that the their mommy and daddy are expecting a new baby. That would make the Browne family very similar in makeup to our son's family, as his twins are 21 months older than their little sister. I love it that the Brownes are open to accepting the gift of new life, in spite of how busy they are as parents to 1-year-old twins. That's a mindset our modern world could use a little more of.
Housewifespice for giving my novel Finding Grace a nice shout-out on her WWRW post today. You might want to head on over there to see what she--and other book-loving bloggers--are reading today.
(And just a little reminder about the giveaway here at String of Pearls: leave me a comment on any post from now until March 24, and you could win one of 7 signed copies of Finding Grace.)