What happens the day after the wedding? Aidan Donnelley Rowley tries to answer that question in her debut novel,Life After Yes. While everything around...moreWhat happens the day after the wedding? Aidan Donnelley Rowley tries to answer that question in her debut novel,Life After Yes. While everything around Quinn seems to be perfect, inside she is still struggling with the recent death of her father on September 11, 2001. As a New Yorker, she has been touched both as a daughter and an individual, and the impact of those events have left her questioning every decision she's ever made. Quinn's an associate in a great law firm, starting to realize that this may not be the career for her. If this choice wasn't right, who's to say that her choice of dress, wedding menu, or even husband will be right? Throughout Quinn's story, the idea of prudence, the name given to her by her parents, follows Quinn in every decision she makes.With an atypical ending in which Quinn begins to realize that some endings blur into beginnings, readers are left to wonder exactly where Quinn will end up in both her career and personal life, but we know she learned to use prudence in her decision-making.(less)
Students of English literature learn of poet Rupert Brooke through his famous works The Old Vicarage, Grantchester (1912) and The Soldier (1914), writ...moreStudents of English literature learn of poet Rupert Brooke through his famous works The Old Vicarage, Grantchester (1912) and The Soldier (1914), written on his way to war. Brooke never made it to the battlefield, dying of sepsis from a mosquito bite, on a French hospital ship in the Aegean Sea in 1915, yet he is considered the first of the famous WWI poets. Dying at the age of 27, Brooke led an adventurous life from the South Seas to North America, leaving trails of heartbroken women, and some say men, in his wake. Jill Dawson's The Great Lover covers a period of about five years in Brooke's life, beginning in 1909 when he rents rooms in the Orchard, a popular tea house that takes in boarders, mostly students from nearby Cambridge University.
The story opens in 1982 when elderly Nell Golightly receives a letter from a stranger in Tahiti. The letter has been addressed to anyone living who might know of events at the Orchard when Rupert Brooke was a resident, and has been passed on to Nell because she was a young housemaid there at the time. The author of the letter claims to possibly be the natural daughter of Rupert Brooke, conceived during his visit there in 1914. Because her mother did not know Brooke for long, she did not have many stories to tell her daughter, and all she wants now is to get to know him through others before she dies.
Thus begin Nell's stories of her memories of Brooke, sharing her feelings as a girl from the mind of a woman who has experienced the world. A sensible seventeen year-old, she has taken the job of housemaid at the Orchard to bring in money for her five younger siblings now that both of their parents are gone. The world of philosophizing university students waxing poetical over their ale and lounging about for hours is totally foreign to Nell, and she begins to fall under the spell of the dashingly romantic Mr. Brooke. The Great Lover is known for his publicized romance with the actress Catherine Nesbitt, and engagement to Noel Olivier, but could this man of the world have loved a housemaid, and was he even capable of love at all?(less)
The wildly successful Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham brought the 21st century to the epistolary novel, being written entirely in emails. The follow-up...moreThe wildly successful Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham brought the 21st century to the epistolary novel, being written entirely in emails. The follow-up novel Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City brings back Holly and her friends Jason, Aisha, and Trisha in all their gossipy, in-joke glory. Although I did not read the first Holly's Inbox, I immediately felt that I knew the distinct personalities of Holly and her pals, living the fun, young London life. Holly and Trish work in Reception at a major bank, which I never realized was more than just answering phones and greeting people. They organize refreshments, book meeting rooms, and arrange for the comforts of visiting executives. Holly's life is going great with a promotion and a new boyfriend, but we all know the power of the internet and when some emails become public a big scandal threatens to bring Holly's world down. When Scandal in the City appeared in my mailbox, I was a little intimidated by it's 544 pages, but soon got over my trepidations as I zipped through the breezy, funny messages flying between Holly and her friends. The emails are nicely written without a lot of the internet shortcuts used in texting or instant messaging, so people who are not up on that lingo will not have any trouble following the dilemmas of Holly and the gang in the worlds of career, love, and friendship, or sends herself little "reminder" emails. These reminder emails are great because they show Holly's inner thoughts and concerns, not just those she expresses to people in her emails. Fans can keep up with Holly's shenanigans at Holly's Inbox.com, where there are always fresh message awaiting our voyeuristic urges.(less)