Skip to main content

Sunday Salon

It's Sunday again! As usual, I've done a lot of reading this week. I finally finished Devil's Brood, and really loved it! After finishing such a weighty book, I decided to go for something light, so I picked up The King and Mrs. Simpson, which only took me an afternoon to finish. I was expecting it to be a completely different book, so I was a little disappointed.

Right now I'm reading two books (watch me multitask). It's Nine Coaches Waiting, by Mary Stewart. The book was originally published in 1958, and it's a classic of romance suspense, derived straight from Jane Eyre and Rebecca. In it, a young woman named Linda Martin goes to be the governess of the young Cout of Valmy, Phillippe. Attempted murder, romance, and suspense are all part of the receipe of this sort-of-trashy novel. I still have about fifty pages left to read, so I'll post a review when I'm done.

The other book I'm reading is an ARC of Those Who Dream By Day, by Linda Cargill. It's suspenseful historical fiction set around the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, and the Arab Revolt thereafter. I'm not very far in, but I'm not enamored so far. Some of the prose is cringe-worthy.
I've also been following the Read-a-Thon; my Google Reader has positively exploded over the past day! I didn't participate, because endurance reading isn't something I'm very good at, but I was reading other people as they progressed through the challenge. Congratulations to everyone who made it!


Shoshana said…
I just started on Sunday Salon. It's fun. I hope you can visit me.

My Sunday Salon
Sandra said…
I've just started at Sunday Salon and I'm enjoying reading the entries. Interesting books, all those you mentioned are new to me.
Anonymous said…
Is that the Mary Stewart who write the series of books about Merlin? If so, I must look it out. She was a good writer.
Anonymous said…
I stayed home all day burying my nose in the Guernsey Society book.

Jane Eyre is one of the books that have gathered dust. I'll get to that soon I hope.
Anna Claire said…
I'd love to know how you liked Nine Coaches Waiting. I got about 20 pages in and was bored. Then received some interesting ARCs and returned it to the library to be read another time. If you say it's good, I'll give it another shot!

Popular posts from this blog

Review: Forever Amber, by Kathleen Winsor

Forever Amber takes place in the 1660s, immediately follwing Charles II's ("the Merry Monarch") return of the Stuarts to the English throne. The book features Amber St. Claire, a young woman who starts out as a sixteen-year-old country girl, naieve to the workings of the world. She immediately meets Bruce Carlton, a dashing young Cavalier, with whom she has a passionate love affair in choppy intervals throughout the book. They have two children together, but Bruce won't marry her for the reason he tells his friend Lord Almsbury: that Amber just isn't the kind of woman one marries.

Upon following Bruce to London, he goes to Virginia, leaving her to fend for herself. What follows is a series of affairs and four marriages, with Bruce coming back from America now and then. Amber's marriages are imprudent: her first husband is a gambler, her second is an old dotard, her third locks her up in the house for days and won't let her out; and the last is a fop who a…

Review: This Rough Magic, by Mary Stewart

Pages: 254Original date of publication: 1964My edition: 1964 (William Morrow)Why I decided to read: it was 90 degrees outside at the time and I decided it was time to read another book by a favorite authorHow I acquired my copy: from Susanna Kearsley, December 2009Sometimes, whether or not I decide to read a book depends on the weather. Mary Stewart’s books are best read on either very hot or very cold days; and since it was 90 degrees out one weekend a couple of weeks ago, I decided that this one would be perfect. And it was.This Rough Magic takes its title from The Tempest, a play from which this novel takes off. Lucy Waring is a struggling actress who comes to visit her sister on Corfu. One of her neighbors is a renowned actor who’s taken a bit of a sabbatical and his son, a musician with whom Lucy comes to blows at first. This Rough Magic is vintage Mary Stewart, with a murder or two, a mystery, romance, suspense, and lots of magic thrown in. Lucy is your typical Mary Stewart hero…

Review: Joy in the Morning, by Betty Smith

Pages: 294
Original date of publication: 1963
My edition: 2010 (Harper Perennial)
Why I decided to read:
How I acquired my copy: Barnes and Noble, Phoenix, January 2011

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my all-time favorite books and I’ve read it, oh, half a dozen times, so I was interested to see how Joy in the Morning would compare.

Set in the late 1920s, Joy in the Morning begins when Annie, aged 18, comes to a small Midwestern college town where her fiancĂ©e, Carl, is in law school. The novel opens with their marriage in the county courthouse, and follows the couple through their first year or so of marriage. It’s a struggle, because Carl and Annie are basically children themselves, for all the ways in which Carl tries to appear more adult-like.

Annie is endearing; she’s ignorant but a voracious reader, reading everything from Babbitt to War and Peace. Betty Smith’s novels are pretty autobiographical; Joy in the Morning is (unofficially) a kind of sequel to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn—cert…