Friday, January 8, 2010
Leverson vs Whipple
This was me this afternoon. Try as I might, I just could not get into Love's Shadow by Ada Leverson. Yes, the delicious pink cover looked stunning on my bedside table but past that...nothing. For two days I've struggled and today, in horror, I realized that I was only on page 19. This was supposed to be a read-along with Kristina, I've already sent her an email with the disappointing news that, as they say on Dragon's Den...'I'm out!' (with an apology of course). This is surely a case of right book, wrong mood. On a bright note though, Kristina really enjoyed Dorothy Whipple's, High Wages. Which, as luck would have it, was sitting on my bookcase. What a contrast! In no time at all I was at the end of chapter three with a vivid picture in my mind as to the characters, the shop's interior and the starkness of Jane's bedroom. This story is fitting the bill perfectly and has me thoroughly engaged. It simply wouldn't do to begin a new year reading something less than the perfect book...and Dorothy Whipple has certainly offered that.