Thursday, January 12, 2012

Book Love

In the middle of, The House at Riverton.  I'm liking it very very much.  I love the way Kate Morton writes.  My favorite is still The Distant Hours, but this one is quite good as well.

Finished this one right before Christmas.  I have had it on my TBR list for a very long time and my sister took note and loaned me her copy.  Loved it.  Made me wish I could speak to my mother and tell her how sorry I was if I ever treated her as if she didn't know what she was doing when, in fact, she probably knew perfectly well what she was doing, only young people don't understand that.

Want to read this one.  Here's a blurb:
Writing under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, Ruth Rendell departs from her famous detective team of Wexford and Burden to tell a gripping tale of family madness. Vera Hillyard is a domineering and possessive woman who strives for obsessive control over a malicious older son, a youngest son who is--or isn't--illegitimate, and her younger sister, Eden, who secretly seeks to escape Vera's grasp and instead provokes a murder. This winner of the 1986 Edgar Award for best mystery novel belongs to the genre of old murders reconsidered and the question of who did what to whom and why is teasingly left unresolved.

And I have this one in my stack

Here's the blurb:
Spanning three generations and half the world, Wildflower Hill is a sweeping, romantic and compelling story of two women who share a legacy of secrets, heartbreak, courage and love.
Emma, a prima ballerina in London, is at a crossroads after an injured knee ruins her career. Forced to rest and take stock of her life, she finds that she’s mistaken fame and achievement for love and fulfillment. Returning home to Australia, she learns of her grandmother Beattie’s death and a strange inheritance: a sheep station in isolated rural Australia. Certain she has been saddled with an irritating burden, Emma prepares to leave for Wildflower Hill to sell the estate.
Beattie also found herself at a crossroads as a young woman, but she was pregnant and unwed. She eventually found success—but only after following an unconventional path that was often dangerous and heartbreaking. Beattie knew the lessons she learned in life would be important to Emma one day, and she wanted to make sure Emma’s heart remained open to love, no matter what life brought. She knew the magic of the Australian wilderness would show Emma the way.
Wildflower Hill is a compelling, atmospheric, and romantic novel about taking risks, starting again, and believing in yourself. It’s about finding out what you really want and discovering that the answer might be not at all what you’d expect.

However, before I can sink into another book, I have lots of other stuff waiting on me.  Perhaps if I print out the book covers and hang them on my wall, they'd give me the motivation to get through everything???


Margaret said...

Love Ruth Rendell aka Barbara Vine--but some of her books are too psychological for me. However, she is an excellent writer!

Bel said...

Seeing the book covers all the time would just make me sit down and start reading....

Arlene said...

Margaret, I've never read Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine but have wanted to for some time. Hope this one isn't too freaky for me!

Isabel! You cannot sit down and read every time you see a book cover. I know I know. We would like to. But the world says we must do other things first-:).