First up, Happy New Year. Thank you to all of you who sent me a picture over the last few weeks of the book you are reading into the New Year. It is, as I have said many times, a big harry deal to me. So thank you for following me down the rabbit hole.
Below, you will see the pics of the books sent in. In the mix, you will find Authors Brian Freeman, Kaira Rouda, Randy Susan Meyers and Nadia Hashimi with their first books. LOVE THAT. There are also friends and book acquaintances, leaders in the book industry, champions of the written word… you get the drift.
I chose The Summerhouse by Jude Deveroux as my First Book of 2020 because this book has wonderful memories for me and has a storyline that left me thinking about it for weeks… well years really, afterward.
Summerhouse is about three girls who meet back in their school days, Leslie, Madison, and Ellie. They become friends over the fact that they share the same birthday. Well, life happens and they all go their separate ways and onward with their lives.
Then, as they are about to turn forty, they all have different things going on in their lives that are not as they had hoped. They decide to meet up at a Summerhouse in Maine and connect over a weekend of catching up. The girls all spend the first evening opening up about what is going on in their lives and they talk long into the night. In the morning, they decide to go out shopping for gifts for one another and go into town and split up with plans to meet up later. When they do meet up, they all find out that somewhere along their shopping time, they all received a little card inviting them to Madam Zoya’s. Thinking it would be a hoot, they decide to do it. Once they arrive, they are offered a chance to go back in time to a time when they made a choice that really set their future path and have an opportunity to make a different decision… thinking why not… its all just smoke and mirrors, they all decide to do it.
The result is a book that still holds a coveted spot on my bookshelves. It is still a book I hand out to friends and is considered a “book rescue” meaning if I see a used copy somewhere I have to purchase it so someone else can take this magical journey.
I have been reflecting a lot lately. Perhaps that why I chose this book for now. I know the great discussion my book club had around it when we read it in 2003. I know it will hold a different message for me now.
Happy reading all. May 2020 lead you to books that you too will hold as treasures long after you have read them.