I don’t know what part of the country you are in, but I am in the part that told me to get 15 cases of wine to prepare for quite the blizzard this weekend! We are due to get around 30″ of snow according to my most trusted source for Maryland weather, Justin Berk. Check out the map below… I live in the bullseye!
So yes, we have stocked up on wine, propane for our grill, batteries, flashlights, candles, matches, firewood, food and more. I have a feeling we are going to lose power, so we need to be ready to hunker down and stay warm. I am also stocked up with books, thanks to Jennifer McMahon’s literary agent! You may remember my first “book report” a couple of weeks ago when I raved about her novel, The Winter People. Well I was delighted to receive an email from her agent asking if I’d like a copy of her latest book, The Night Sister. Of course I said yes! And you can imagine my delight when I received a package with the following…
He was kind enough to send my 5 books total, including The Night Sister! I will read and review the others as much as possible as well, but he included In Falling Snow, The Bells, Rush Oh, and Malice of Fortune.
At the time I received his email, I was partway into Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne. The story in this novel sounded so intriguing…
In present day Margaret Holloway is involved in a terrible pile-up in the snow and cannot get out of her car. A mysterious disfigured man rescues her moments before her vehicle goes up in flames, and then he disappears. That moment triggers something in Margaret, but she isn’t quite sure what… suddenly glimpses of her childhood memories start sneaking back to her. Ballantyne also takes us back to the early 80’s when Margaret was a child, then called “Moll,” and weaves the mystery of her past and we learn just who the disfigured savior is. It sounds interesting, right? Well, it was interesting enough for me to keep reading, but I have to admit the only reason that I pushed through was that I knew The Night Sister would soon be landing in my mailbox and I wanted to be able to start it as soon as it arrived! I feel terrible saying that, but I just couldn’t get into Everything She Forgot… the story itself felt very predictable (at least I pretty much had it figure out just a chapter or two in), and the writing wasn’t spectacular. There have been cases of poor writing paired with an awesome story where I continue to devour a book just to see what happens, but unfortunately for me, this book didn’t have either an amazing story line or seductive writing. Was it terrible? No- it truly was decent. But it’s not a book I would highly recommend.
And now onto The Night Sister! It arrived a couple of days ago and I am already more than half way through…. when I take a book with me on the treadmill, you know it’s good! And this one accompanied me yesterday morning as I walked! 🙂 I will be sure to share my thoughts on that one here as well… I am sure to finish it this weekend as I lay by the fire under piles of blankets and our house lays under piles of snow.
Cheers to the weekend! Stay safe and warm!