A glorious summer read...
Oh, wow. When a summer read starts off with: "shoulders so broad…taut biceps...faded indigo t-shirt…tucked into close-fitting jeans…."
Well, what the heck. Just sit back and enjoy it. That's what a summer read is for -- to send your mind into another world and one populated by a character as appealing as Will Hastings, a seductive Englishman* with an alluring dark and mysterious past.
There is a horrific beginning to this story when a small-town art teacher, Ellie James, finds her sister and grandmother murdered. What follows is an interesting rush into danger that has lots of romance and some intriguing twists. I always love books set in England and that have a touch of history to them -- especially a little bit of royalty.
One might want to catch up on their Shakespeare and have a look at Richard III while one has a few sunny hours to spare. Have a look at this clip.
Here are a few quotes you might want to remember...
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York.
(Richard, Act 1 Scene 1)
A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
(Richard, Act 5 Scene 4)
It is so much fun to be able to tell someone a quote when you want to impress...
A special comment about this book: The language is R rated -- I am saying this because some of my listeners absolutely do not want to read books that contain words that they think are vulgar. I am of two minds -- sometimes it is appropriate, but really -- if not necessary -- I do think authors should leave it up to the reader to imagine the bad language a character might use. In this day and time one might consider that one's books are going to be on Audible -- and 1) I hate to see a narrator having to use such language and 2) it sounds so much worse when it is said aloud. So authors, please think about this. (It is like comedy, great comedians don't need to use dirty words -- Bob Hope and Seinfield did just fine without them.)
*On a person note, I have always been found of seductive Englishmen...oh, Darcy, Darcy.
ONE OF THE JOYS OF LIFE IS TO READ...