Here it is, the end of another month and time for us to blog (both you, my readers, and I) about our favorite books.
As usual, I can’t narrow my selection down to just a single title so I’ll give you two, one old and one new.
In the category of women’s fiction, I highly recommend Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers. I realize this book has been out for some time. Both friends and writing teachers have recommended it. This book broke my heart. I used to be a crier, but I’ve noticed over the last ten years or so that I don’t cry as much over books as I used to. This book, however, made up for the decade. It’s set in Gold Rush California and plays off the Old Testament Book of Hosea. The things that happen in the protagonist’s life before she even reaches the age of ten were almost unbearable to read. However, the novel is worth weeping your way through. Remember the title. When you feel like your heart is going to break if you read one more word, it will encourage you to read on.
In the category of young adult fiction, I finally read Megan Whalen Turner’s A Conspiracy of Kings. I have been dying to get my hands on this book ever since I learned it was coming out and I guarantee you, I was not disappointed. It is the fourth book in a series that began with the Newbery Honor book The Thief. I stayed up way too late every night I was reading this book and finished it way too soon, but I could not leave it alone. The narrative is fascinating and presents mysteries within mysteries in a world that echoes with similarities to the western and eastern civilizations of our past. I highly recommend this book. However, if you have not read the preceding books, read them first. The string of four reveals a fabulous unfolding of story. You don’t want to miss a moment of it.