I’ve been busy reading and not blogging during October. 🙂 It all started when I got Sarah M. Eden’s newest book in the mail…..
Of course, I loved it. (why would I not?) I love the Jonquil brothers and couldn’t wait to hear more about Marjie and Stanley. I love the character development that Eden has in her books, and loved watching the brothers interact and become real people together in this book. This book really had some tougher parts too – PTSD, depression, war injuries, Sorrel’s health. It wasn’t just brushed aside either, I felt it was really well done. I am really helping that the last Jonquil brother gets his book soon too and we can read more!
Just as I finished this book and I went to put it away on my bookcase and saw all her other books looking at me….
and before I knew it, I was swept in. Binge-reading the entire Jonquil brothers series – and why stop there, the Lancaster series too.
Nine books total.
I promise I did pay attention to my children and family and during the past few weeks. But it’s been fun to read these books back to back and really see how Eden has connected the stories and characters. She is a genius! Seriously, reading them back to back like this made me notice certain scenes that are in each book – just written from different view points. I loved this!
Picking a favorite between the two series would be a tough choice….I love the Jonquil brothers, but Adam makes me laugh out loud. I love his character. I had just read Romancing Daphne earlier this summer, but re-read it too after the other Lancaster books. I usually can’t re-read a book so close together, but this time I really loved seeing the characters again, and I hope she continues the Lancaster stories too.
Before I got started on my Sarah M. Eden binge, I also read Searching for Irene, which was a new author and new book for me. I’ll be honest, I was really drawn to this book because of the cover. Doesn’t it just look like a great book? I liked the idea and story line, but it seemed a little jumpy to me. I love the time and setting – 1920’s in a Gothic castle. And I thought reading murder mystery in October would be a good idea, but I had such a hard time getting into the story and feeling it. I wanted more and was left feeling like it was rushed. Searching for Irene was okay for me – maybe a 4 star book. Marlene Bateman is a new author to me, so I would like to try a few more of her books before really giving a final judgement. I think there is big potential, just this book fell a little short.
I can’t wait to see how the month ends, I’ve got a few other books on my TBR pile that I can’t wait to get too, and hopefully post about. October, November, December are always busy months for us (who aren’t they busy for?) but I get some of my best reading done during these months. I LOVE getting up early and reading in the winter.
What have you been reading in October? Leave me a comment and let me know.