Prose Bowl Top Bracket Winner Favorites, part 3

by Jackie


Today another one of our Prose Bowl bracket winners is sharing her reading suggestions. This time we hear from Charlotte:

“I’m probably the worst bibliophile in the world to ask for the year’s “best picks” because I can never remember a title after I’ve moved on to the next book! However, I just got back from a week-long cruise where I was able to enjoy six (count them, SIX!!!) books while enjoying sunshine, water, poolsides and sunsets. I can share these picks with you because they are still on my Kindle!

I started out on the plane reading John Grisham’s The Appeal.  There were big chunks of this book that seemed familiar, and I’m pretty sure I already read it a few years ago.  It’s a good David/Goliath story though about how big money can buy influence in our judicial system. 

I went on to read The Vacationers by Emma Straub. It is a story of how a family comes to terms with its own growing pains and relationships as they spend a vacation together. I don’t know that this was the most well-written prose in the world, but the imagery of the vacation in Greece worked well with my own vacation mentality.

Next, was a quick Sophie Kinsella novel—I’ve Got Your Number.  Her novels are like pure candy to me!  They are just fun!  Seriously, I read her books in an afternoon—and always with a smile!

Then I moved on to The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery, which was far more realistic.  I enjoyed the depth of the relationships of the three women who dominate this story. Each character is easily recognizable, yet not trite—this story developed in a captivating way.

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand was next on my list.  This was a pretty good story with some interesting characters in it.  It would definitely make a good summer beach-read (which, fortunately, was exactly what I was doing).

I started my final book on the plane ride home, and it turned out to be a real treasure!  The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman is based on the life of Rachel Pomie Petit Pizarro who was mother to Camille Pisarro, one of the fathers of French Impressionism.  I knew nothing of Rachel (or Camille, for that matter) before opening this book, but I learned so much about life on St. Thomas in the 19th century and the cultural development of the Creole French in that region.  Hoffman’s descriptions were vivid and captivating, and she was also able to make you know the characters intimately and be truly engaged in the story.  This book was a real treat to read as it was time to re-enter my real-life workaday world.”

What a great travel reading report. We’re glad that you enjoyed some great books along with the sun! Thanks Charlotte!



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