Since I tend to read several books at the same time, I often notice connections between my reads. It can be little things (the same words or phrases (often unfamiliar to me), similarities in themes, or the same settings, etc.), but because of the oddity of them, they stand out.
My latest reads are no exception. I finished reading two novels this week. The first was Sandra Dallas's The Persian Pickle Club; the second was Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards. The two novels were dissimilar except in one way. In the former novel, the main character's name was Queenie Bean. Not exactly a common name, but perhaps it was during the 1930s, which is the setting for the novel about the strength of friendships within a quilting group. The latter novel, which has a contemporary setting, had a restaurant named Queenie Pie Cafe', which was a reference to a jazz song. What a connection to have the name Queenie show up in both!
For those keeping up with novel trends, Edwards's romance had a character, Winslow, with the requisite green eyes. Further, there was also at least one reference to hair tucking except that Skye actually refrained from tucking Henry's hair back behind his ear (although she wanted to). Although I didn't note the messy ponytail syndrome in this one (it may have been there and I missed it), there was at least one mention of the main character putting her hair into a messy bun. Will this be a new trend? A messy bun instead of a ponytail, or is it just a variation on an old theme?
By the way, a Persian pickle is another name for the fabric referred to as paisley--just an FYI.
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