Wednesday, April 19, 2017
April's Who Are You (Who, who? Who, who?)
Between all the comments and emails I received when I did this in March, I thought I'd see how "Who Are You?" would work as a monthly feature. After all, I did come away with some books to add to my wish list and to-be-read shelves. But remember-- this only works if you participate, either by leaving a comment here or sending me an email at kittlingbooks(at)gmail(dot)com. Several of the folks who email me have troubles leaving comments on my blog, so I do it for them. It does look as though I'm talking to myself, so be forewarned!
Okay, now let's take a look at where I find myself this month....
The way the question is worded, I think I'm supposed to be talking about the last book that I finished reading, but since I wouldn't want to be the main character in the last three books I've read, I'm going to talk about the book I'm currently reading: Dorothy Eden's An Important Family. I loved reading her tales of romantic suspense when I was a teenager, and I've recently become reacquainted with her through Kindle deals at Amazon. This is another novel of hers that I have not read, and since Dorothy Eden lived in New Zealand (where the book is set) until she was forty-two, I have high hopes for the setting.
It's 1862. I'm Kate O'Connor, a young Irishwoman whose fiance has been killed, and I want a brand-new start in life. That's why I've come to the grand London townhouse of Sir John Devenish. In no time at all, I've been hired as companion to his wife and daughter as Sir John uproots his family to move to New Zealand. The Maori Wars are over, and the land is ripe for settlers wanting to make their fortunes.
The three-month-long voyage is difficult-- mostly due to Lady Devenish and her daughter Celina. They're two rich, titled women who've never had to do a thing in their lives, but I knew what I was getting into when I signed up for this job. Something is going on with Celina, though. Why do I have to keep giving her sedatives, and why must she be watched 24/7? Although I seldom have time to talk with him, there's a young captain on board who served in India. I really like his intelligence and honesty even though Sir John doesn't. I've also made friends with an older spinster lady, Miss Pugh. I hope I'll be able to see her after we've landed and started building our new lives.
I'm just to the part where the ship has arrived at its final destination, and I'm really looking forward to continuing the story on dry land. It's an interesting experience for the adult me to read books written by one of my favorite authors when I was a teenager. I'm not re-reading; however, merely choosing books she wrote after I stopped reading her the first time. I've had bad luck re-reading books, so I tend to avoid it whenever possible.
Now it's your turn! Who are YOU? Please don't forget to tell us the book title and author's name in case we want to add your book to our wish lists and to-be-read shelves!