It’s Monday! What Are you reading is a fun weekly meme hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. It’s a great way to catch up on everyone’s reading week, see what’s coming up for them and add some wonderful new books to your TBR pile!
Last week I kept my reading goals low. Thanksgiving and Black Friday kept this Electronics Department Manager really busy so I knew attempting to fit in one too many books would be a disaster. I committed to reading Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick, a non-fiction account of the Pilgrims, the first Thanksgiving, and what happened to them when they got greedy for more and more land from the indians.
This week I’m going to try for two books. Hey! It’s still the busy season! The first book I’m going to start is Christmas Wedding by James Patterson. This is our book club read for December and it finally came in at the library for me. Knowing the waiting list is still long for this one I’m going to get right on it and get it back for the next patron on the list.
The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill’s wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby’s four children have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven’t celebrated Christmas together since their father’s death, but when Gaby announces that she’s getting married—and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day—she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays.
But the wedding isn’t Gaby’s only surprise—she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever. With deeply affecting characters and the emotional twists of a James Patterson thriller, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh look at family and the magic of the season.
After that I’m going to read The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
So that’s what my week looks like. How about yours?