This is a meme hosted by Midnightbookgirl.com found here. I hope this is running this week, I just have gotten used to looking forward to doing it.
Feeling very decadent this morning as I actually did not get up and go run or the gym as scheduled, this compounded by the bad diet choices yesterday is not a good thing:( But I did get much reading done 🙂
Yesterday I read two amazing thrillers by S.J. Bolton see posts here and here, that led me to change up the pace this morning by reading the very lovely Katie Fforde’s very lovely book Paradise Fields.
I have read several of Katie Fforde’s books and have enjoyed them all. This one was no exception, the main character Nel is a widow kept busy by the needs of 3 children, 2 in university and one about to go and her dogs and her “good works” on behalf of a children’s hospice and organizing a farmer’s market, all in addition to keeping up with a nice group of friends and a rather unexciting boyfriend. When the hospice’s future becomes uncertain, Nel rises to the challenge.
I love how the author draws her characters, they are so real, so ordinary, you can picture sitting at the kitchen table with them and having a chat. Nel isn’t perfect, she doesn’t leave the house perfectly turned out to run errands, she doesn’t keep her pets off the furniture, she doesn’t turn out a 3 course meal for 10 and then immediately hop up and do all the dishes by hand, in short she lives an “every woman” life. As a reader, I felt immersed in Nel’s life and her concerns.
Very good romance with enough tension about how things will turn out to keep me turning the pages. I highly recommend this book to romance readers.