I have the best college roommate in the whole wide world. Last week she sent me a box of loot– including four vintage Kathleen Gilles Seidel novels.
If you haven’t read Kathleen Gilles Seidel, they’re a little romance, a little women’s fiction, deeply moving, and always fascinating. My two favorites are Again, about a woman who writes a Regency-set soap opera (why don’t we have one of those in real life?) and Summer’s End, about an Olympic figure skater. One of the wonderful things about her novels is that one learns so much about the hero and heroine’s professions, whether it’s the ins and outs of producing a soap or the mechanics of dredging up a mid-nineteenth century steamboat from a former riverbed.
Which brings us to the one I read this week, Please Remember This, in which the hero is excavating a wrecked steamboat (incredibly fascinating) and the heroine opens a coffee shop in the small town she left as a baby.
These are the best of all possible comfort reads. At base, they’re all about the hero and heroine finding themselves and finding their place in the world– and who doesn’t resonate with that?
(Have you read Kathleen Gilles Seidel? And do you have a favorite?)
What have you been reading this week?