I've done a lot of reading lately. While working in my studio during the week, I try to take a mid-afternoon break. If the weather permits, I walk down the street to the beach with a book. If it's rainy or oppressively hot out, I park myself on the chaise lounge under the ceiling fan in our porch and read for an hour.
These four books are the ones I've enjoyed the most this summer.
The Ballad of West Tenth Street by Marjorie Kernan
In a fine old brick townhouse on West Tenth Street in Manhattan, children Hamish and Deen manage to muddle along as best they can with a loving but distracted mother. Their whole world changes when the house next door gets a new owner, a mysterious Southerner who quickly endears himself to his new neighbors, taking them and their friends under his protective wing. In doing so, he transforms everything.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of Chinese widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.
Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin
A modern day tale of the Prince of Wales (Freddy) and his princess (Fredericka), a royal couple known for their generosity with the media. They are sent off on a quest in which they must conquer a foreign and barbarous land — America.
Shelter Me by Juliette Fay
After Janie LaMarche's husband, Robby, dies in an accident, the 38-year-old widow embarks on a year of transformations in this wise and inspirational debut. The concerns of single motherhood after sudden tragedy come vividly to life, and as Janie learns to appreciate everyday miracles, readers will be charmed.
I am in the middle of reading Shelter Me right now. So far, I love it and don't want it to end. Don't you hate it when you finish a book you really like? Me, too.
If you happen to give any of these books a try, let me know what you think. What have your favorite books been this summer?