So Many Books So Little Time

We’re blogging this month about the books we like to read or have read. More than anything else, I love a book I can laugh and cry with. Over the years my tastes have changed from straight romances to Women’s Fiction or Mainstream novels. Of course it helps if they contain a romance too, but I gravitate more to the complex relationships between women. I love my husband and sons, but we all know that the mothers, daughters, sisters and our girl friends are the glue that holds their families together.

I recently finished, and loved, Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer. Loved it so much I ordered another one of hers. The core of the story revolves around two sisters who struggle to survive in a small Texas town where their trampy mother was murdered for sleeping with her best friend’s husband. It has a romantic subplot, but the sisters’ battle to overcome the prejudices and forge out their own lives in this judgmental town are the crux of the story. The heart-wrenching decision the main character has to make at the ending will stay with you for a long, long time.

Roxann recently recommended The Ladies Room by Carolyn Brown. It’s more romance than female relationship story, but the main character has issues with her female family members. The hero is one of the nicest men you’ll ever read about. It was also filled with humor and touching moments and I loved it cover to cover.

As for a favorite author, it would have to be LaVyrle Spencer. She’s retired now but I still re-read some of her books. She had a lyrical way with words and plot lines that were simple but so complex you couldn’t help but fall in love with her characters. Two that I would recommend are Morning Glory and Then Came Heaven.  I've read each of these at least three times.

Who is your go-to author and why do you like him/her?




Rox Delaney said...

Glad you liked The Ladies Room, Reese! I'll give Nowhere But Home a try. :)

Reese Mobley said...

It's a great book! I really think you'll enjoy it.

Penny Rader said...

I just love it when a book makes me laugh out loud. It's rarer for a book to make me cry. I'll cry at movies and during commercials, but for some reason I don't often cry while reading. Most recently, that happened when I read Kristin Hannah's Firefly Lane. Oh. Em. Gee. The end of that story had me crying so hard I had to keep putting the book down and go into the bathroom and cry so my family would't wonder what the heck was wrong with me. Such a great story. I want to read it again but I don't remember who I loaned it to. :(