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January was warmer than normal but also much grayer. I love the sunshine even if it is very cold. And the daylight is sticking around longer as I am not walking home in darkness most days. So while spring isn’t here by any stretch of the imagination, the seasons continue to flow, as does life.
Reading can be a way to escape from the cold, the dark, the stress and worry of life. Here are some lovely escape novels. Elin Hilderbrand has gone back to previous characters and settings and written Endless Summer, nine new stories from beloved books.
Fredrik Backman has now written three stories about the residents of the close-knit, resilient community first introduced in Beartown, followed by Us Against You and now The Winners. While change is inevitable, sometimes it seems impossible to move on. Backman asks us to consider what it means to win, to lose and to forgive.
If you want to read a delightful, light romance in February then try The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas finds Rosie staying in her friends apartment after the ceiling of her apartment literally crumbles on her. She didn’t know Lina’s cousin Lucas is also staying at the apartment. Lucas seems intent on rescuing her like a Spanish knight, when he finds out she is struggling with writer’s block. He proposes taking her on experimental dates to jump start her romantic inspiration, little knowing that Rosie has always had a crush on him.
A Restless Truth by Freya Marske is full of magic, murder and shipboard romance. Maud has always wanted adventure and thinks she’ll find it as a old lady’s companion on a ocean liner helping her brother unravel a conspiracy that began generations ago. How does she proceed when the lady she is with turns up dead on the first day of the cruise?
On a similar note (at least in terms of light-hearted mysteries) try the Shady Hollow mysteries by Juneau Black. Shady Hollow is a village where woodland creatures live together in harmony until a toad turns up dead and he is reported to be a curmudgeon who got is just due. The second and third books in the series are Cold Clay and Mirror Lake.
Escape into the far future with To Each This World by Julie E. Czerneda. A trio of humans are on a desperate mission to reconnect with long lost sleeper ships that were sent centuries earlier from earth to settle distant worlds. Now, something is out there and it is up to them to rescue any descendants they can find.
Take time each day to relax, reflect and slow down. We only have one life to live and it is the journey of that life that matters. Grab a book and read aloud with someone you love. We have several couples in the community that I know read together. Discover books you’d both like or take turns sharing your favorite books with one another.