I have been reading Dorothy Garlock’s books for years. Her latest are usually set in the 30’s or 40’s, which is my favorite time to read about. “The Nearness of You” will be published in July, 2017. This novel is set in 1937 in Hooper’s Crossing, Hew York during their famous Harvest Festival. Lily Denton is the overprotective mayor’s daughter and she really wants to get away from this little town. She plans on running away with her friend, Jane, but at the last minute gets cold feet and backs out. In the meantime, two small-time crooks are planning to rob the town bank after all the money from the festival ends up there. Life magazine is sending a team of writer and photographer to do a spread on small town festivals. Boone Tatum is a well-traveled photographer who is not happy at being saddled with this hick assignment. As always, in Ms. Garlock’s stories, there is a hint of romance (maybe more than a hint) and a hint of mayhem involving the characters. This book did not fail to provide the story I was expecting. A light novel, but with characteristic twists and turns. Check out her other books too. You will be glad you did.
I began reading “Home for Christmas” by Lily Everett and thought to myself, “Now, where have I heard this story before? Then it came to me! The book is loosely based on a 1945 film, “Christmas in Connecticut” starring Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan. In that movie Ms. Stanwyck is a homemaking article writer who is coerced into hosting Christmas for a soldier injured in WW II in her Sanctuary Island home town. The trouble is, she can’t cook and she is definitely NOT a homemaker. That’s when the fun begins. In this literary remake of the film, magazine columnist Libby Leeds is forced by her editor to host a returning wounded war hero for a “family” Christmas dinner. Owen, the hero, is meeting his young daughter for the first time and wants her to enjoy a magical Christmas. The characters in this book provide a convoluted, but humorous story line. Just as I enjoyed the movie, I also enjoyed reading this book. I highly recommend it for a Christmas feel-good read.
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