My last two books took place in the north. Mayflower obviously took place in Plymouth, and is a non-fiction account of the Pilgrims and their struggles. I loved the first half or so, but then it bogged down to the point I couldn’t finish it. I mean, I know how the story ends, and frankly, I got tired of the same power-hungry men making the same mistakes over and over, generation after generation!
On Father’s Day, the Knight’s aunt had us go through a box of books she was giving away. I picked up a couple, and the first I read was Fall on Your Knees. It takes place in Nova Scotia, on Cape Breton Island. I know so little about that part of the world that I didn’t know it was coal country, as is the southwestern part of my own state. It’s not an easy book to read, but the characters are so well crafted that I just had to see it through to the end. Some of you know I struggle with anything other than a happy ending, and while there were precious few happy sentences in this book, the ending was satisfying. If you don’t mind a dark look at human nature, you might find this a compelling read.
I’ve already started another book, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, which also happens to take place in New England, in Wapole New Hampshire. It’s just what I wanted to read next; something simple and almost silly. While I’m enjoying it, I’m rather sure Ms. Alcott has turned over in her grave. The characters are rather simplistic and, well… silly. They’re all young adults, but I’ve read plenty of books about characters of all sorts of ages that didn’t feel so … much like a young adult novel. I’m only a third or so into it, so we’ll see how I like it at the end.
What are you reading?