So, umm, a little late today (Jan 2) since I just had a marathon coffee date (that turned into a Denny's date) with a friend I don't get to see nearly enough, since she's in Austin, TX these days. But isn't it nice when you do get to reconnect with friends like those? Such a gift.
We started the conversation in Barnes & Noble, and I saw a book there that I truly loved and thought would make a great post here on Read ~ Write ~ Love. Many of you have already read it, but if you haven't, I urge you to run, don't walk to your favorite bookstore and pick it up.
There is so much to love about this book. A pinch of history, a current of romance, a flourish of panache, a measure of character, and a ton of heart. Every detail is delightful and the overall story has such texture and depth, I couldn't put it down. And when I finished it, I had that bittersweet swirl of emotion you feel when you've come to the end of a very good book.
Particularly intriguing since the whole thing is written through letters! The novel is set soon after the close of WWII, and writer Juliet Ashton is drawn into the lives of an interesting and eclectic group of characters who lived through the Nazi Occupation of Guernsey Island, off the Channel Coast of Britain, when she's doing research for an article.
As I said, many of you will have read it, but I am ready for a second helping. Really good books are always worth another peek, or at least a skim. Anyone care to join me?
It's kind of like reconnecting with special friends.