Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Summer Reading: Promises to Keep and The Summer Kitchen

Over the summer, especially during Road Trip 2010, I read a few great books. Actually, I read six books. Only a few were really great, though.

I had been sent some great books to review, and I had bought a few on my own. The books that were sent to me? Good. The books I bought? Terrible.

Hmmm. Maybe that's telling me something.

The first book I read was "Promises to Keep", by Jane Green. A unique feature of this book is that it incorporates recipes between the chapters.

The story is of Callie, who seems to have the perfect life, but cancer rears it's ugly head and the family is forced to pull together. I hate to give too much of the story away because it is a good one. This book is nice, light kind of reading which was perfect for my summer vacation, although at times I needed a box of tissues! I really enjoyed this book.

I admit that at times the cancer stuff hit a bit too close to home and I had to put the book down, only to pick it up again later when I felt that I had steeled myself enough to continue.
Read a synopsis of the book here.


Next on the list was the Summer Kitchen, by Karen Weinreb. This book was about a rich woman whose life falls apart when her husband is arrested, and how she finds herself by opening her own business called, of course, "The Summer Kitchen". Another light read, this one was great for a vacation while we drove through South Dakota.

I can't say that the writing was particularly strong; in some places it seemed to drag, and I did begin to skim a bit. But the story itself was good and I enjoyed the characters, as well as reading how she overcame adversity and all the snooty rich women. There is a sex scene that seems so completely out of place that I was left a little confused why it was even there, and ended up just skipping over it.

Overall, it was a good story and I enjoyed it.

What did you read this summer?

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