I have a new friend at work who loves to read as much as I do. Unlike me, she buys her books at a second-hand bookstore north of town. I wait until I have a nice coupon for Borders and get mine. I really ought to check out the store that she goes to because I prefer to own my books because I tend to read them over and over again.
Anyway, we have started loaning each other books. I'm not big on loaning things to people, but I know that she'll take care of my stuff and she knows that I'll do the same. So yeah... she loaned me a book last week and I just finished it.
The book is Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. I won't lie, the book started out kind of slow. So slow, in fact, that I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue reading. Two things kept me going. One, I have this need to finish books I've started. I feel incomplete if I only know part of the story. Two, I borrowed the book. I don't want to go back to the gal who loaned it to me and tell her she loaned me an awful book that I couldn't finish.
So the book is about two sisters living in Washington. They grew up on an apple orchard with their father and their Russian mother. All their lives, they can't understand why their mother doesn't love them, doesn't want anything to do with them. All they ever got were parts of these old fairy tales.
Upon their father's death, their mother tells them the rest of the fairy tale they heard growing up, only this time it was different. Through her story, the girls are able to better understand their mother and eventually come to love her.
Okay, that's as much as I'll tell you. I don't want to ruin it for you. That's like reading the last page before you read the first. Check it out for yourself if you're interested.
Check out the updated book list for this year. I have another book that I'm anxious to start, but my house is in disarray. Once I can see my coffee table, I'll start and let you know how it goes.
What have you read lately?