I am so impressed with the dedication and tenacity with which Megan has pursued her goal of becoming a published author. I'm sure most of us say we'd like to write a book, but she has been tirelessly working towards this goal for years. I read an early draft of this book during my maternity leave with Swede in 2013, and I'm super excited to read the final version coming out on October 23rd. All you NetGalley folks should check it out now!
OK, Moving on... Here's what I read in September:
1) The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. 3/5 stars. At age 65, with only the clothes on his back and "yachting shoes" on his feet, Harold Fry spontaneously embarks on a walk across England south to north to see a former colleague and friend who is dying of cancer. The book is the story of his journey as he meets many different people and reflects at length on the regrets of his past. Let's just say that I hope I have more fond memories at age 65 than Harold does.
2) The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown. 3/5 stars. This book goes back and forth between Madeleine in the present day (actually 1999 which I keep having to remind myself is almost 20 years ago!) and the journal that her grandmother Margie wrote during a summer in Paris in the 1920s. Both women are struggling with the lives they feel trapped into by the expectations of family and society. I enjoyed the chapters set in Paris, but I found it a little unrealistic that in this day and age you wouldn't realize there was another option than being a decorative society wife. Madeleine is so shocked to find out that there are people, living right in her town, with jobs! Imagine that.
3) A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock. 4/5 stars. This book has a similar theme. It's set at Vassar College in 1913 and in New York City in 1923. The main character, Vera Bellington, has the "perfect" life. She is the quintessential decorative society wife, living in an ivory tower apartment with her distant husband, going through the motions but feeling empty and unfulfilled. Enter a handsome and mysterious French artist who arrives to paint a mural in the elite apartment building's subterranean pool. I liked the characters more in this one than in The Light of Paris, and the conflict seemed more believable.
4) Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. 4/5 stars. This is the coming-of-age story of thirteen-year-old Frank Drum during the summer of 1961, when death in many forms haunts the small Minnesota town where Frank lives with "his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his years kid brother." I really enjoyed this one. It's a little slow-paced but in a good way, and reminded me a little bit of one of my all-time favorite books, Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger. [Which, by the way, is where Swede's nickname came from!]
That's all! Im linking up as usual with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books. What was the best book you read this month?