My husband talks about a game that some of his church youth groups played. It was called Erk...zoom! Quick description of the game was that all sat in a circle going around and when someone said Erk...zoom the flow reversed causing chaos and havoc. That's how I felt about the last three reads. The genres were so different that I felt dizzy from the abrupt changes. Not that I minded, but it was a little dizzying.
Starting with Brenda Youngerman's sequel, Public Lies: it is a mainstream novel about a woman trying to make a new life after leaving an abusive man. Her children want to know their father again, and when she resurfaces, a custody battles ensues. His lies about the realities of their life together and her presumed guilt at leaving makes for a cautionary tale about some of the inequities seen in the decisions of family court. Reading first Private Scars and then Public Lies is recommended to get the full story of Nancy and Vincent Cooper.
Switching gears (or erk..zoom!), I went on to read Sy Montgomery's story of The Good, Good Pig. It is the tale of Christopher Hogwood, the pet of Sy and her husband Howard. Interspersing her story of the life with a pig with wanderlust with her own travels around the world to research her books, Sy describes the life of the runt piglet that grows up (topping out at 750 pounds) and becomes famous in his own right. I have to say I learned more about pigs than I previously knew, but I guess I am not quite as enamoured with pigs as the author.
Once again, the big reverse...I wanted to read something light and fluffy, and my choice of The Ex-debutante by Linda Francis Lee, fit the bill. Cushing Wainwright returns to her roots in Texas to help her oft-divorced mother deal with another divorce. Cushing, now living in Boston, is a lawyer who specializes in family law. Also while home, she gets involved in the debutante ball that supports the local symphony. Juggling her mother's issues, the teens' issues, and her own (her childhood boyfriend and her fiance) makes for a lighthearted read.
My head still spinning, I am going back to reading the second book in the Tres Navarre series, The Widower's Two-Step.
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