Sometimes I don’t feel like writing a full review for whatever reason, either because life is busy and I don’t have time, or because a book didn’t stir me enough. Sometimes, it’s because a book was so good that I just don’t have anything to say beyond that I loved it! Frequently, I’m just wayyy behind on reviews and am trying to catch up. For whatever reason, these are books that only have a few paragraphs of thoughts from me.
Whittling down the pile of reviews!!!
Jessica’s First Prayer by Hesba Stretton – 3.5*
I’ve mentioned Lamplighter before – a small publishing company that reprints very old books with strong moral stories. This one is a very slim volume about a homeless girl and a church-going man who learns the value of living his faith in a real way. While a bit saccharine, there really is an excellent and thoughtful lesson here.
Golden Sovereign by Dorothy Lyons – 4*
Regular readers know that I have a life-long addiction to horse stories of all kinds. I’ve collected a few of Lyons’s books over the years, and sincerely wish that I could find more as I really like them, so if you have any sitting about your house that you want to unload, let me know. :-D Anyway, this one is apparently the third book in a series, but I didn’t have any trouble following along. Connie is finishing her high school career and looking to the future – college and starting her own stable raising palominos, with her beautiful young stallion, Golden Sovereign, as the foundation. Towards the beginning of the book, she also purchases a run-down mare at a horse sale, convinced that the mare’s lineage is better than her condition. There’s a bit of a mystery about the mare, and also about Sovereign’s behavior (although I’ve apparently read far too many horse books, as I immediately knew the source of Sovereign’s bad temper!), and a lot about training Sovereign and going around to horse shows. If you enjoy horse stories, you’ll probably like this one, as it’s a fairly classic formula. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Adventures of Sally by P.G. Wodehouse – 4*
The usual Wodehouse froth, although this one was a bit more of a romance than his stories normally are. Sally is quite likable, and the ups and downs of her life make for entertaining reading, with a bit dollop of Wodehouse humor.
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss – 4*
So I’m still really enjoying my life over on Litsy, and have recently joined a book club there called the #LMPBC – the Litsy Postal Mark-up Book Club. Four people join each group, and each person choose a book to read and make notations in, and then once a month you mail the book to the next person until you get your own book back, full of notations from the other three people in the group. Each group is a different theme/genre of book, and I joined the Classics and Romance groups. I’m really looking forward to reading the books coming my way! At any rate, Swiss Family Robinson was my choice for my Classic, and it was interesting to read it for the first time since my childhood. Overall, it was a fun and interesting read, but the family did have just an inordinately ridiculous amount of good luck, and even the synopsis on the back cover informed me that it would be impossible to find an island with all of the animals described in the story! In fairness, the book was written with education for young minds as the primary purpose, so if you think of it as an entertaining way to learn some lessons, it fits the bill.
The Prenup by Lauren Layne – 3.5*
This was my pick for #LMPBC’s Romance group. I’ve been meaning to read a Lauren Layne book forever, and this one employs my favorite trope – marriage of convenience. Overall, I really did enjoy this story BUT there is a second woman! That really brought down my enjoyment a great deal, because it was really hard to ship the main characters when the dude is also engaged to someone else. While they never physically cheat, there are a lot of feelings/scenarios that just shouldn’t have been happening when he was committed to someone else. I especially get annoyed when pseudo-cheating is justified with the whole “well the other woman sucks” concept – like, doesn’t matter if she sucks or not. He still made the commitment.
Still, it was also a funny and lighthearted read, so I definitely think I will be trying some more of Layne’s works in the future, and I’ll be interested to see if my fellow book club members are aggravated by the almost-cheating bits of the story like I was.