October 2020–Part One

Thank you for joining me here!   (Reminder: the page numbers I list here reflect the number of Kindle pages, not paper pages.)  I hope you enjoy this series and I’d love to hear from you about what you are reading these days.

Book #1:    

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center (Length: 358 pages).   This was my second Katherine Center novel, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. This is an easy, light-hearted, quick read. A romance with a bit more substance, and it focuses on a female firefighter who is a total badass (one-armed pull-ups?!). The central romance is cute, but the dark backstory of the protagonist is a bit too drawn-out. I found this to be a very interesting and enlightening take on sexism in the firefighting world. I would absolutely recommend, perhaps even for a book club that is looking for a romance novel.

Book #2:

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon (Length: 736 pages!).  I LOVED this book! I’ve owned this first novel in a series (of 14) for ages, but hadn’t been drawn to pick it up until now. This is a charming novel about small town life in the (fictional) town of Mitford, North Carolina. The protagonist is Father Timothy, the 60 year-old rector of the Episcopalian Church, with a fantastically different dog named Barnabas. This is very witty, extremely well-written, uplifting and has lots of depth. There are a lot of Biblical quotes throughout, but I found this novel to be more spiritual rather than religious, and they actually add to the plot. There are several different plot lines that run through the novel, with each chapter building upon the next, yet each chapter seems to have its own mini-plot. This is a fantastic beach or travel read given it’s length (twice as long as my average Kindle read). I found I was always thinking about it even when I wasn’t reading it, which is high praise, indeed.


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