Wild Orchids and Folly Beach : Great Hammock Reads

Like most avid readers, I always have a book or three nearby. There is at least one  or three books–or my handy dandy Sony eReader–within reach of my fingertips at any given time. Lately I’ve run across quite a few good books in a row and keep reminding myself to jot a note here about them–have I mentioned how reminding myself usually gets me nowhere? *nods*

Summertime this year finds me spending lots of time in my hammock, soaking up the fresh WARM air and sunshine. W-i-n-t-e-r-‘s sting is still far too fresh for me!  While the books mentioned here today aren’t everything I’ve read lately by far, they are the ones I’ve remembered the most for one reason or another: (added note: only two mentioned here today since I got a bit wordy…more to come!)

*Wild Orchids by Jude Devereaux  (I have this niggling feeling I’ve mentioned this book before but cannot find any posts to that effect ~shrug~)

This book found its way into my library bookstack recently, I sorta felt like I’ve read it but yet it was so good that I’m sure I couldn’t have forgotten it…I DID turn 40 this year…have two teen hooligans…so yeah, who knows?!? I enjoyed it, at any rate.

The story of a writer gone hermit after the loss of his beloved wife and a young researcher who takes over his world, becoming the ultimate assistant. The unlikely pair join up in the search for truth regarding a town’s carefully hidden story–both past and present–including the old account of a young woman’s storied friendship with the devil.
I truly enjoyed the characters in this book–from writer Ford Newcombe and his fiesty assistant Jackie to the wide variety of townspeople they meet and friends they bond with while seeking the truth of the town’s not-so-long-ago history.
This novel is far from a romance novel yet the relationships are rich and rewarding–don’t dismay, some romance does find it’s way in!
A great quote from this book:

“Someone once told me that if a person was a really good storyteller he could tell the story in one word and that word would be the title of the book. Exorcist is an example. Says it all.”

*Just released recently was Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank. I have enjoyed all of Ms. Frank’s previous novels, her LowCountry tales are always rich and inviting, page turners every one. I put this one on my eReader the moment I found it was released. I was not disappointed, as you’ll see– read on!
The flashing back and forth from the modern story unfolding to the play in times past kept things interesting. I typically do not like that type of thing yet in this story, it made it possible to tell two stories at the same time…both gaining and keeping me turning pages.
This book goes down as one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read for several reasons–one being Ms. Frank’s story telling ability…I just love it. Another reason being that I so enjoy books that give me a great story while at the same time piquing my interest about real events that have happened.
This book has left me with a list of notes I want to follow up on and learn about, other things to read and a curiosity about the Charleston Renaissance. Now THAT is a good read, one that is a great story I enjoy and provides me with more beyond those pages at the same time.
****Happy Summertime!!****

What’s On Your Nightstand: June edition

Always books, books and more books abounding in this house.  Lately I’ve read quite a wide variety–some from ideas gathered whilst surfing online, some from magazine suggestions or articles I enjoyed and pursued the authors further and  yet others stumbled upon in browsing amid the library shelves.

Without further ado…a listing of some recent reads:

*Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas–loved this one, posted about it here.

*Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real by Neta Jackson–a good enough read.

*Days of Gold by Jude Deveraux–don’t think I’ve ever read one by this lady that wasn’t good. This particular story takes a character from Lavender Morning and goes back to her youth.  (no need to read in order)

*Storm Prey by John Sandford–a Lucas Davenport novel. While I’ve been away from the mystery/suspense/horror/crime genre for the most part for quite some time, I could not turn down a new Davenport installment–I like him and the characters that flank him. Sandford delivers as always–although I must admit that in every novel of his I have read, the crescendo moment seems to be delayed…you’re reading along, almost there and bam–another  few chapters stalls it out. Must work for him, though, cause I’m still reading!

*Cather’s Kitchens by Roger L. and Linda K. Welsch–a non-fiction look at the kitchens and food that impacted author Willa Cather’s life. I stumbled across this one when skimming an article about the author–books and food, right up my alley! This is one I’ve browsed more than I’ve settled in to read–and that actually fits it well, I think.

*Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford–this one I resisted…I’m not sure why. Maybe because every.single.book.blogger. has read it–which is in itself a lame excuse, why else to we blog about books if not to share and garner ideas?!? *rolling eyes at myself* My library book club chose this one for June’s read, so coupling that with seeing it acclaimed all around, I am happy to say I did not let such lame-ity(heh) get in the way of a good story–I read it and I really enjoyed it tremendously. Click the title or here for my full review.

*The Mist by Carla Neggers–a short n sweet post about this one is  here.

Click on over to 5 Minutes For Books where the “What’s On Your Nightstand” carnival is going on–you’re guaranteed to find lots of book ideas!