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What I’m Reading Now

July 6, 2010

Hi all!

Summer is in full swing, and I’m working hard as a head camp counselor at Camp Riverbend in Warren, NJ.  All three of my children also attend, and my husband is in charge of their day travel group.  The whole family leaves early each morning on our two yellow buses that we drive and park in our driveway.  Yes, you read that correctly:  TWO yellow buses!  🙂

I’m hard at work on “The Art of Love” and enjoying the journey, but am also taking time to make the occasional cake and even read a book or two (or ten, if I have my way).  I wanted to share my latest reads by two of my favorite authors.

“Twenties Girl” by Sophie Kinsella (New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Shopaholic) is the quintessential beach read.  It was funny, heart-warming, and a quick read, despite its girth (448 pages).  I loved that characters, laughed out loud, and even found myself getting teary at the end.  I promise, if you like Sophie Kinsella, that you will love this book!  Buy it here on Amazon.com.

Here’s the synopsis from Random House:

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“Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie–a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance–mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions. Her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, her start-up company is floundering, and she’s just been dumped by the “perfect” man.

Sadie, however, could care less.

Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from each other along the way. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family.” (RandomHouse.com)

My other most recent read was “Dune Road” by Jane Green (New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House).  It wasn’t as good as “Twenties Girl” or even Ms. Green’s best work, but it was still enjoyable.  What I love the most about Jane Green’s books are that her characters are flawed yet lovable, and she writes about real relationships in a real world.  You feel the pain that Kit, the main character had undergone, in choosing to divorce her husband, and her fear and excitement as she sets out in her new life.  Even though it isn’t her best book (try Jemima J or Book Ends for a better sampling of Jane Green’s work), I still recommend it for a nice, quick beach read.  Buy it here on Amazon.com.

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Synopisis of “Dune Road”:

“Kit Hargrove is trying to reinvent herself. Following her divorce, she is shedding the skin of her former life as the wife of a Wall Street high-roller and embracing both a new home and a new job as assistant to world famous novelist Robert McClore, all the while remaining close to her children and friends in the affluent Connecticut town of Highfield. Her transition seems to be going well until a series of events dramatically reminds her that nothing is ever quite as it seems.

Kit’s friend Charlie and her husband lose everything as they become victims of the recession, the ambitious entrepreneur Tracy conceals the rekindling of her relationship with an abusive ex-lover who has eyes on Robert McClore’s wealth, and Kit’s life is turned up upside down when a long-lost sister she didn’t know she had has an affair with her ex-husband. Secrets and lies force this once tight group of friends to question not only who they can believe, but who they can trust.

Dune Road is an exploration into the facades we all build around us, the extreme measures to which we go in order to maintain them, and the importance of having those we love and respect support us when it all comes toppling down.”  (Us.PenguinGroup.com)

Finally, if you like Sophie Kinsella and/or Jane Green, I strongly suggest these authors as well:

Happy reading!

Christina

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