Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.
Without further ado, here’s the installment for July 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):
Despite being published in 1996 and winning a RITA in 1997, I just got around to reading Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath. It knocked the wind right out of me. A hero labelled a coward for refusing to fight is the target of retribution by the heroine, who lost a beloved husband and three brothers in the Civil War. Setting her plan in motion means spending time with the hero, and eventually she realizes how wrong she and the rest of the town are about him. Turns out they might not know much of anything about true bravery and courage. It has since been reissued digitally and I cannot stress enough how amazing this story is. A true classic not just for historical westerns fans, but all romance aficionados.
This month I am feeling the love for quirky characters. From the description One Plus One by JoJo Moyes didn’t appear to be sad so I made the plunge —and I loved it. Unique characters- from the admirable, but not perfect heroine to the quirky kids to the flawed hero. Then there is the appealing romance. This was my introduction to her works, and after reading this one, I bought another one. Then the middle of the month I discovered A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Talk about a curmudgeon—Think Swedish Ebenezer Scrooge! But his inflexible, and stern demeanor hides a man of principles and integrity. I have to tell a somewhat funny story about the book. I bought the audio version and was listening to it at the dentist office. It was during a pause in procedure that I reached a very poignant scene. Tears just seeped out of my eyes, and rolled down my face. My dentist was flummox because he wasn’t doing anything. I had to explain that I was crying because of the audio book. Funny, Poignant, story about how a man’s life changes once a rambunctious family moves in next door. There is a bit of a love story with flashbacks, but it is not a romance. But it is a wonderful story of interpersonal relationships.