Well, actually, I’ve already begun. I started a couple of days after Christmas with The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday by Alexander McCall Smith. It was a pleasant read, suitably light for a post-holiday recovery day. This is the fifth book in the series whose main character is philosopher Isabel Dalhousie. As usual, Isabel encounters several dilemmas where she can put to good use her philosophical expertise, often to the chagrin of family and friends. In some circles, she might be called nosy, rather than helpful! The ending is delightfully vague, so as to leave room for more installments (and that’s a good thing!).
On a more intense note, The Rope Walk by Carrie Brown, captured my attention for a couple of days. The story begins with the main character, Alice, celebrating her tenth birthday and progresses through a series of events that affect Alice most profoundly. It’s a story of dawning self-realization and growing up. It’s a wonderfully captivating and satisfying narrative, I would say my favorite from this author.
And last, but by no means least, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. In fact, I liked this one the best out of the three books, if only because of the intriguing title! This is a novel, but written in the form of letters from and to the main character, Juliet. It is set in England, very shortly after World War II. Juliet is a writer and journalist, searching for a new project to undertake. Serendipitiously, she receives a letter from a complete stranger, which ultimately leads to her new project. The story is by turns, laugh-out-loud and heartbreakingly sad ( sort of like real life!). The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that I shall be on the look-out for more of this author’s work.