Saturday, October 9, 2010

Catching Up

So I haven't posted a book club update since June, I've been lazy, so a quick catch up of what's been happening.

We read the second book in the Weston Series by Sara Lindsey "Tempting the Marquess".  This book is about Olivia the sister to the heroine in Promise Me Tonight.  She travels with her aunt to visit her aunt's step son Jason Traherne, Marquess of Sheldon.

I liked this book because it had a certain gothic feel to it, kind of like Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. Olivia goes into this trip with the same ideas that Catherine has only to discover her imagination is much too active for her own good.

The meeting was not really a meeting but an author event.  We got to meet Sara Lindsey and talk to her about her books, her writing and romance novels and writers.  It was a good time.

We read Fly Away Home by  Jennifer Weiner.  This book didn't really fit into the theme of our book club but we really didn't have a choice and had to read it anyway.  This book is about a politician's wife and her daughters as they struggle through the announcement that he's had an affair and they all take a step back from their lives to better learn who they truly are.

I ended up really liking this book even though I had started to read it with the idea that I probably wasn't going to enjoy reading it. Sylvie and her two daughters Diana, and Lizzie are no where near perfect.  They all have flaws and struggle with issues in trying to find happiness.  I liked Diana the least.  Lizzie was my second favorite character.  Sylvie could have been taken out of the book completely and have it just been about her two daughters and I don't think it would have changed how I liked the story.

My favorite character was Diana's son.  He was like the perfect child character.  He wasn't forced into scenes because the Diana had a son and you have to include him somehow, when he was in a scene he fit in smoothly and didn't dominate unless he had too. He wasn't annoyingly smart or something but cutely quirky.

I missed this months meeting but Shelly said everyone seemed to enjoy the book.

 This month's book was The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt book two in her Princes Trilogy.  This book is about Lady Georgina Maitland and her land steward Harry Pye.

I ended up reading all three books in the series and really enjoyed them all.  The men are never perfect, in this case Harry is a land steward and he's missing a finger.  But he is the perfect man for Lady Georgina. There is a sometimes annoyingly stupid story of posinoning sheep and Harry to blame but otherwise I enjoyed the story.  

We had two new people at book club and they were a bit shocked when reading this book and the sex scenes and I will admit Elizabeth Hoyt does near the line of too steamy, but I've read enough romance that I can overlook it and keep the story in mind.  Otherwise I think we all enjoyed the story and a few people were interested in reading the other books in the series.  The series connection, by the way, is that the three men are all friends and members of an agrarian society.