Friday, January 2, 2015

Remarks on Recent Reads: The New Year's Edition

Happy New Year! Before too much more time gets away, I wanted to tell you about some of the books I've been reading lately. Apart from Deborah Crombie's book, Water Like A Stone, my choices have been on the lighter side.

Water Like A Stone by Deborah Crombie (2007). This mystery is set over Christmas with a complex plot involving three murders that seem random. What I loved about this book, though, was another multi-layered plot involving family. Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid have come with their children to the home of Duncan's parents in the idyllic Cheshire countryside. Gemma's never spent time with Duncan parents, and Duncan has some work to do on his relationship with Kit, his son. It all makes for great reading.

Watermelon by Marian Keyes. This is the first in Keyes' series about the Walsh sisters, but as I've mentioned before, I haven't been reading the books in order. This is a book I'd recommend and a great introduction to the quirky Walsh family. Claire has just had a baby girl, and on the same day, her husband leaves her. She and the baby go home to Dublin to stay with her family for awhile. Watermelon is funny and poignant and hard to put down. I love Keyes' characters and her distinctive writing style. 

Christmas Pudding by Deborah Mitford (1932). Paul Fotheringay has written a bestseller which was supposed to be a serious book but has been hailed as the comedy of the season. He ends up spending his Christmas holiday in the Cotswolds at Compton Bobbin, posing as a tutor for Lady Bobbin's hapless son, Bobby. Paul has taken part in this scheme in order to conduct covert research for his second book about a relative of Lady Bobbin's. Lady Bobbin, quite imposing and obsessed with horses and hunting, has invited a collection of characters for the holiday. Christmas Pudding was such a fun read and the characters and the situations they get themselves into had me laughing out loud. 

Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham (2006). I've read several Sophie Kinsella books, but this is the first book I've read that she's written as Madeleine Wickham. Maggie, Roxanne, and Candace are three close friends in London who work at the The Londoner, a famous magazine. They meet frequently for drinks and gossip. Each of the three has her own challenges, and each has a secret. At times, the story made reminded me a bit of Sex and the City. It was a quick read.

What were your favorite reads over the holidays?

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