Well, that is book number 12 completed for this year! Quite a feat for me I have to say. I am really enjoying reading more. I feel as though I am getting back into my reading groove, all very satisfying I have to say.
I am ready to start my next book, but I have already taken the next six down from the shelf in preparation of things to come. I have decided to simply start at the top of the shelf and work my way across the first row of books as they come. That might mean a bit of repetition in terms of authors, or not reading any of the authors I have most of in some of the selections, but it will mean that I will keep going and will be able to easily see what I have achieved in terms of getting the shelves emptied. I mean that in a good way, I am excited to be reading more!
The latest book that I finished was A Good Woman, another of the large number of gifted Danielle Steel books that I have. I see from casting my eye across the shelves that I have many more and many Agatha Christie books too, neither are necessarily my first choice of read, but I am enjoying them and free books are free books after all aren't they.
A Good Woman centres around the life of Annabelle Worthington, Annabelle would have been born in the late 1800's. The story starts on the day of the sinking of the Titanic in which the Worthington family suffer tragic losses.
As Annabelle goes through her year of mourning she meets a man. You can guess the rest. However, things don't exactly go to plan. When her life falls apart Annabelle travels to war torn France to work as a nurse and goes on to train further in the medical profession.
There are further ups and downs - of course! - and as you near the end of the book there seems to be a final happy ending in sight. There is a little twist in the tale though and the difficulties of the past come once more to the fore.
All in a typical sort of story by this author, but a good one, well told nonetheless. I do prefer the more historical books by this author, I find them to have much better stories and this one fit that bill well for me. Some of the themes are a lot more contemporary than you might imagine them to be, although told in a way of the times in which the book was set. In a way I believed it all. While I do not doubt that the things described actually did happen in the early 1900's, I am not totally convinced that they would have happened in quite the way they do in this book.
Would I recommend it? Yes, if you come across it, but I am not sure that I would say that it is worth seeking out specially.
Overall a good result for my read my books project with another book read. You can read my other reviews by clicking on the pictures in the sidebar.
My next book? Well, it is my end of a clump of books treat. Another Persephone Book. The Home Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. So far, it is great fun and is in a similar vein to The Diary of Provincial Lady in that it seems to be written in the same period, and I see many other similarities from reading the notes. I will let you know all when I write my review post!
Actually, it has just occurred to me, for the last two clumps of books I have bought - at the start of reading them - a Persephone to look forward to at the end of my other selection, so I should choose another so that I have that to look forward to shouldn't I! Any recommendations?
I hope that you are enjoying whatever you are reading right now!