This month, I tried something new and different – for me. I read books with real paper pages! During my spring break last month I straightened out some bookshelves and realized I had several gems written by people in my local writing groups. I decided to start reading them, and I’m so glad I did! Besides being wonderful stories, reading a regular book is easier on my eyes than reading from a screen – and I’ve been doing way too much of that in my effort to complete my current project. So here’s what I’ve read since the last free week:
Chance’s Return by Lucy Naylor Kubash. Lucy is a fellow member of my local RWA chapter. She was a guest here at 4F1H last November with The Christmas Wish, her anthology of holiday stories. I purchased this copy of Lucy’s first novel, a western, soon after it was released and I’m so glad I finally sat down to read it. This is a story about a cowboy who leaves the family ranch because he was wronged, but then returns because he has nowhere else to go. The theme of the story is healing and trust. Casey, a widow with a young son, is working in the ranch kitchen for the summer. She’s a strong heroine—my favorite kind.
All That Matters by Loralee Lillibridge. Loralee was my guest here two years ago with her cozy mystery, Bringing in the Thieves. Last month I read her book Cowboys, Castles, and Cradles, and this month I got around to reading another of her westerns. All That Matters is the story of two people from opposite sides of the tracks. As Loralee states, “Buddy Lee Walker is Boyd Walker’s son and mad as hell about it.” He’s worked hard to convince people he’s nothing like his no-good father. Faith Morgan is the daughter of the town banker. But despite their differences, they’ve had a close connection for years. So when Faith comes to Buddy for help, he can’t help but give it, no matter the cost to him—or his heart. Loved this book!
Bring Me Back by Karen Booth. This is the only ebook I read this month, and it’s not by an author from my neck of the woods. Karen is a founding member of the Seasoned Romance Facebook group, highlighting mature characters. After reading several so-called seasoned romances with 30-something characters, I was happy to read a real seasoned romance! Chris is an aging rock star. Claire is a writer, and her current assignment is to write an article about Chris for Rolling Stone magazine. But she ends up getting so much more than material for her article! I’ll let Karen tell us more about the book when she’s my guest at the end of the month. I see that there’s a sequel to this book, so I’m hoping to read that, too.
Now that the semester at the university is almost done, I’m hoping to find more time to read. Goodreads tells me that I’m four books behind, so I’m either going to have to read for longer periods of time, or find shorter books to read!
What have you read lately?