FINDING IAN by Stella Cameron (c) 2001. I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this book but I did. This is the story of a world renowned family psychologist named Byron Frazer. Just the name “Byron” was enough to make me think “stuffy old fellow”, but I was wrong. 13 years earlier Byron’s wife died after childbirth of a brain aneurysm, and left him with a little infant to raise. Byron instead of being strong and stoic and doing the right thing, gives his son up for adoption. He just couldn’t handle it during his own personal meltdown. Now that his son ‘Matthew Frazer’ is almost 13 his adoptive parents have both died and Byron who has kept tabs on him all these years, wants to follow him to Cornwall England and make sure he’s okay. Once there he feels very paternal towards the grieving boy who has spent the last month living with his adoptive mother’s older sister Muriel. Bryon finds he has a lot in common with his son and wants to raise him, but this upset’s his adoptive mother’s family. Meanwhile Byron is falling in love with Muriel’s niece Jade. Will they live happily every after? I’m not saying.
SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT by Mary Alice Monroe, (c) can’t be found! No Copyright page! Do you believe that? It must have gotten ripped out!
This is a thoroughly delightful book to read. It has a little bit of Peter Pan magic throughout the whole story. Due to “Crazy Wendy” who thinks she’s the Wendy from the Peter Pan novels. There’s a real sense of magic in this book I didn’t think I would enjoy but I AM enjoying it. The story revolves around a formerly abused divorced mother of two 8 year old Maddie and 6 year old Tom, so their mother Faye O’Neil runs away to England with her children to keep her ex-husband from trying to steal her children again. He had earlier punched his own 6 year old son Tom in the face and he refuses to speak now! She had to do something to protect them all so she divorced him and moved to England. She had already landed an advertising job with her former employer. Wendy’s daughter is wanting to sell her home right out from under her mother Crazy Wendy who isn’t crazy at all. The 3 flat Victorian home was already occupied by a handsome American Physicist named Jack whom Faye is slowly falling in love with, and he with her. The third floor is occupied by Wendy who I won’t call crazy now. Here I am 2/3 the way through the book and I won’t give away anymore of the story.
NOTE: You know how I disapprove of giving away the ending don’t you? Just read this book! I enjoyed Mary Alice Monroe’s other book I read after all!
ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes, 2012. This is a VERY good book! I highly recommend it! I don’t usually relate to stories that take place in England, even though I have true upper-class English ancestors. Even though my English and French ancestors were wealthy or well off at least, that’s not my life situation and I don’t relate to high society folks anywhere. I’m just an unattractive, overweight, middle aged woman, who could use a great job to help pay the bills. I’m completely off track here.. sorry. I could use the word DIGRESS, but it’s waaay too pretentious a word! LOL Here’s my take on the story.
26 year old Louisa Clark lives an ordinary middle class life in a small England village. She helps support her family with her income from a waitress job at a local cafe. She has no aspirations to better herself. Her boyfriend Peter is a tri-athalete and a health nut, but not “Lou” she’d rather watch the “telly”.
Meanwhile the cafe closes and Louisa loses her job,and she’s just stared working for a handsome acerbic quadriplegic man. Since I worked as a Home Health Aide for several years I could relate to this situation. After telling the nasty man off, they seem to be getting along better. I don’t want to give away the whole story, as I prefer YOU to read it! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too!