There is nothing better than cuddling up on a cold winter day with a good book. Of course here in Alabama we vacillate between 20 degrees and 70 degrees but it doesn’t change the fact that I love to read. I have a few books on my nightstand that I’ve either finished, started or waiting to start.
Last weekend when I was lying in bed recovering from a fall on the ice (20 degree weather) I just wanted something easy to ready. John Grisham delivered. As a litigator, I’m in front of judges every day and expect that I will be given the courtesy of the court listening to my arguments based on the law. But what happens if that judge doesn’t listen to those arguments but listens based on the amount of money it could bring you. The Whistler brings us that story. Literally one you can finish in a weekend.
What secret can the perfect couple be hiding. He is the successful attorney and she throws the perfect dinner parties. In addition Grace takes care of her disabled sister, but why doesn’t she answer the phone or meet for coffee. What is happening behind these closed doors. I admit this was on the table of new releases and I was hooked. A couple of chapters and you will be too.
Talk about a book that will keep you up at night especially if you have a daughter that will be heading to college soon. (Yeesh). Jenny is sexually attacked at a party and then is given a controversial drug by her psychiatrist that erases the memory of the assault. But Jenny still struggles with the emotional aspect of the assault and her parents struggle with finding revenge of the assailant.
Talk about a page turner.
I’ve just started this book. It is one of those books that takes you from the past to the present through different characters in different eras. In 1935 six year old Emily disappears from the summer lake house and the family is never the same. Fast forward to the present, and Justine, the grand niece inherits the house and all the ghosts with it. She brings her own ghosts with her. In an effort to start a new she must solve the mystery of her grand aunt Emily but hope that it doesn’t destroy her own family along the way.
With stories that move back and forth it does take a lot of concentration but I also find that the character development makes it worth it.
I have a few friends that if they suggest a book then I’m heading to Amazon to go buy it without even knowing what the book is about. This is one of those suggestions. We all have had an “Ove”, in our lives, the cranky old man who you think that nothing can make him happy and his only goal is to make your life as miserable as possible. Meet Ove and while it may seem like a cliche, Backman does a great job of making Ove seem new.
A definite feel good when the weather is dark and cold.
PSA. My friend and I took our daughters to see Hidden Figures this weekend. Put this movie on your must see list. I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by strong women I’ve never felt like there wasn’t something that I couldn’t do. (Thanks Mom and Dad) While watching this movie I thought about their parents because these women had a drive that only could be inspired by their family. Then go dream for our next generation because Wow the things our daughters and granddaughters (and sons and grandsons) are going to accomplish is just mind blowing.