Here I am on a Wednesday, enjoying a lovely book on Sparky…but restless still. I have a list of books that are on their way from Amazon Vine, and I am impatient.
But meanwhile, this lovely book has captured my interest. Hidden, by Catherine McKenzie, is a book I’ve been awaiting for awhile. I pre-ordered it, and finally it arrived. Catherine McKenzie takes a story as old as the institution of marriage and makes it new. What is so novel about her book—what hooked me from the beginning—is that it’s told in the voices of all three main characters: Jeff Manning, who is killed in a car accident; his wife, Claire, who struggles to pick up the pieces after his death; and Tish Underhill, Jeff’s coworker and friend.
Later, I plan to check my mailbox, to see if any of my Vine books have arrived:
One Kick, by Chelsea Cain, is the first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set.
Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Now, twenty-one, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in a missing child case that will put her talents to the test.
And then there is Mercy Snow, by Tiffany Baker…a book I’ve been noticing all over the blogosphere.
In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake.
Another author I’ve been meaning to try…Patti Callahan Henry, has created a book that sounds as tantalizing as anything I’ve seen around. And Then I Found You is a story about tough choices, among other themes.
Kate Vaughan is no stranger to tough choices.
She’s made them before. Now it’s time to do it again.
Kate has a secret, something tucked away in her past. And she’s getting on with her life. Her business is thriving. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend whom she wants to love with all her heart. If Kate had ever made a list, Rowan would fill the imagined boxes of a perfect mate. But she wants more than the perfect on paper relationship; she wants a real and imperfect love. That’s why, when Kate discovers the small velvet box hidden in Rowan’s drawer, she panics.
It always happens this way. Just when Kate thinks she can love, just when she believes she can conquer the fear, she’s filled with dread. And she wants more than anything to make this feeling go away. But how?
When the mistakes have been made and the running is over, it’s time to face the truth. Kate knows this. She understands that a woman can never undo what can never be undone. Yet, for the first time in her life she also knows that she won’t fully love until she confronts those from her past. It’s time to act.
Can she do it? Can she travel to the place where it all began, to the one who shares her secret? Can the lost ever become found?
And Then I Found You gives new life to the phrase “inspired by a true story.” By travelling back to a painful time in her own family’s history, the author explores the limits of courage, and the price of a selfless act.
I have much to look forward to on the reading front. Am I procrastinating? A little bit…since now that I have brought out Interior Designs, I need to start seriously editing Defining Moments, so it, too, can come out.
What do you do when you are feeling restless? Besides thinking about upcoming reads, I also do blog changes. Notice anything different about this one?