I’m really enthusiastically happy to be participating in the North and South Readalong in August. The readalong is hosted by Andi at Estella’s Revenge and Heather at Capricious Reader. I’ve never read North and South before, though I have seen the magnificent film adaptation so know the general storyline. The first 8 chapters are due on Monday and I’m surprised at how fast I’ve blown through them. I’m a slow-moving reader, in general, so I know a book is a knockout when I read it with ease. I’ll post my thoughts on this irrestible novel every week through August. Have you read North and South?
And also, I just have to say a word about Mary Stewart. I consider her the Empress of Romantic Suspense and would love more modern readers to discover her books. They are so stylish and utterly delectable! Her fiery plots and spicy heroines just light up my reading life. I so look forward to reading a few chapters of her every night before I get ready for bed, although her books are so suspenseful that I often read just a few more chapters than I should! Right now I am savoring Madam, Will You Talk? - it is amazing. These are smart books, too, friends. There are many historical and literary references and the writing is top-notch. If you are looking for a polished thriller to read poolside, on the beach or just at home sprawled on the sofa, Mary Stewart is the lady to try. Let’s get a Mary Stewart revival going!
You can read more about Ms. Stewart here.