Last week at my crochet club meeting, it was observed that I have been working on the same piece for two, maybe three, years. I reminded the girls that I don't go to club to do needlework, even though my intention when I started several years ago was to learn how to crochet.
I go because I enjoy being with the group. I only work on the afghan or whatever it is when I'm there as it didn't take me long to realize that crocheting is not my thing. Otherwise it sits in a drawer because I would rather be reading.
That's something I'm good at! Lately I've been into lighter books so here are a few suggestions for those who like an easy read.
After the Rain is the newest title from Karen White who is one of my favorite authors. This one takes place in a small Georgia town where a young woman has chosen to hide out for a little while. Her attempts to stay anonymous are not as successful as she would like and she faces a tough decision when it is time to run again.
Margaret from Maine is by another author who is becoming a favorite. Joseph Monninger's latest is the story of a young wife and mother whose husband has been lying in a coma for seven years due to a combat injury. Meeting the soldier assigned to accompany her to Washington DC becomes bittersweet as she finds herself wishing for things that just can't be.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson is not a new book but it is delightful. It's the gentle tale of a retired English military man whose staid lifestyle is being tested by his attraction to the Pakistani widow who runs the local store. Filled with glimpses of English village life, it is humorous and thoughtful.
The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel (not to be confused with Kristin Hannah) takes place in the current day with flash backs to WWII as a woman sinking deeper into dementia confuses her family by mentioning names and places they have never heard before. The resulting trip to Paris by her granddaughter brings new family history to light.
How Lucky You Are by Kristyn Lewis is the story of three friends whose lives are unraveling.
One is losing her business and doubting her longtime relationship. One is married to a politician and hating the charade her marriage has become. The third is hiding a terrible secret about her husband. As pressure builds all of them must come to terms with what they want out of life.
All of these are available at the Cherokee Public Library so call at 225-3498 if any are of interest. The library is open Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday & Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.