This was written as a guest post for The Book Corner.
Unlike last time, this year I actually got some reading done on holiday. It was so worth paying the extra money for a hotel with a creche. They also had a great playground for Toddler to run around in and get nicely tired out. My Kindle didn’t even wilt in the heat. So, I managed to attack my rather mixed TBR list. Shame I didn’t have it with me when I got locked in the toilet.
The obvious first choice for your summer holiday is a Christmas book. Specifically, Christmas at the Beach Café by Lucy Diamond. I confess I was reading it as research for a Christmas story of my own and chose it because the reviews said it really captured the Christmas spirit. And it did, even in Mallorca in July, although I suspect I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I’d read the novel that came before it. I think I’ll read it again in December.
Then I went for something different: Georgiana Darcy’s Diary by Anna Elliott. This is a sequel, of a sort, to Pride & Prejudice, but focusing on the minor characters of Georgiana Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam and Anne de Bourgh. I’d term it a coming of age story, because it’s really about Georgiana and Anne exercising their “girl power” and going after what they want. I really enjoyed it, plus it was free on Amazon. I think it’s permafree, actually, so I’d recommend getting that one.
I moved from that to Soliciting from Home: 1970s memories of an English country lawyer by Melanie Russell (told you my TBR was varied!). I’ve got quite into memoirs in recent years – mainly those by nurses and midwives. (NB if you haven’t read Call the Midwife and the follow-ups by Jennifer Worth – do. They go way beyond the TV show.) This one will appeal to you if you like a cozy mystery or tales of working motherhood. It started a little slow and I felt the author included a bit more legal detail than was really needed (it made sense to me because I used to work as a legal secretary, but I suspect it wouldn’t to most people), but the stories made it worth reading none the less.
The final book I’ll mention is Pink Wellies and Flat Caps by Lynda Renham. I first noticed her name in the “also-boughts” on my author page and I downloaded her free book Confessions of a Chocoholic, which was very funny. Pink Wellies was very enjoyable too. My only criticism is that it got a bit too serious towards the end and there wasn’t enough story after that to fully restore the light-hearted tone. I’ll try another of her books and see if that’s the case in all of them.
So, no additions to my all-time favourites list, but some very enjoyable stories. And who knows what the rest of the summer will bring?