Weekend Reading Round-Up
Since I completely forgot to do a Weekly Reading Round-Up this past Friday… I’m turning it on its head and doing a Weekend Reading Round-Up instead!
Also because Sharlene surprised me with this adorable card:
I finally yielded to pressure and picked up some of the Helen MacInnes novels my college roommate has been sending me. Isn’t it amazing how the right books have a way of coming along at just the right time? These 1940s and 50s spy thrillers were just what I needed right now. The writing is clear and crisp and lovely.
So far, I’ve read Assignment in Brittany and I’m midway through Decision at Delphi, which reminds me forcibly of some of my favorite Mary Stewart novels (My Brother Michael, I’m looking at you!). If there are any MacInnes fans out there, which should I read next?
What were you reading over the long weekend?
THE OTHER DAUGHTER Audio
It’s pretty amazing to be on a list with Harper Lee.
If you’d like to listen to an excerpt from the audio book, here is a snippet, courtesy of the wonderful folks at Macmillan Audio. The reader is the talented Nicola Barber, who also narrated The Ashford Affair and That Summer.
In between reading more than I ever expected to know about World War I in Picardy, I’ve been typing up tomorrow’s Teaser Tuesday post about the hero of The Other Daughter, Simon Montfort.
But then I hit a snag.
Simon Montfort was– shall we say?– visually inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch. I don’t usually base characters’ appearance on actors, but there it is. The moment Simon stepped onto the page, there was no mistaking the resemblance.
I wanted a visual for the post. But there are many, many pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch in the world. And I would never go back to reading about 1914 Picardy if I tried to go through them all.
Which is where you come in.
Do you have a favorite Cumberbatch picture? Or one that you think looks particularly appropriate for a 1927 hero?
Post the link in the Comments section below! I’ll choose the best ones to use in my post tomorrow– and one winner will be chosen at random to receive an Other Daughter mug!
ASHFORD AFFAIR en poche!
What do you think of the new paperback cover?
There’s something rather nicely summery about it, isn’t there?
Here it is next to the French hardcover:
TINY LITTLE THING Winner
Monday Give Away: TINY LITTLE THING
My friend Beatriz Williams’s new book, Tiny Little Thing, comes out tomorrow! And it’s wonderful.
Since it would be selfish of me not to share the joy, one person who comments on this post today will receive an ARC of Tiny Little Thing.
Here’s the official blurb:
In the summer of 1966, Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November.
But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life: her volatile sister Pepper, an envelope containing incriminating photograph, and the intimidating figure of Frank’s cousin Vietnam-war hero Caspian, who knows more about Tiny’s rich inner life than anyone else. As she struggles to maintain the glossy façade on which the Hardcastle family’s ambitions are built, Tiny begins to suspect that Frank is hiding a reckless entanglement of his own…one that may unravel both her own ordered life and her husband’s promising career.
One of the joys of the book is watching the interaction between Tiny, the well-behaved sister, and Pepper, the wild child, as they learn to understand each other better. So, for a copy of Tiny Little Thing, here’s your question:
— Are you more Tiny or Pepper?
If you’d like your copy signed, you can find me and Beatriz in Colorado Springs this Friday at the Briargate B&N and on Saturday in Denver at the Historical Novel Society Book Fair.