OPHELIA’S MUSE BY by Rita Cameron, (c)2015. Lizzie Siddal is a beautiful young woman with pale skin and a head of red/gold hair. She is a woman of good breeding having a family that has fallen on hard times and needs her job as a millinery seamstress to help support the family. One evening an artist named Daniel Raphael Rossetti rescues her from the arms of a lecherous drunk, but she runs off into the night without them exchanging words, although he never forgot her striking beauty. Later his classmate at the local college artist friend discovers Lizzy working in the millinery his mother goes to and he asks permission to use her as an artist’s model. Soon she is a model for the members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a society of painters who choose to paint their own way, not as the old masters did in their art school. Then she begins an affair with Rossetti whom she marries and later ends up betrayed, ill and addicted to drugs. I’m on page 37 and the book is still holding my interest. Coincidentally my husband and I are both artists, he n oil paints and me with watercolors, pen and ink.
THIS IS HOW I’D LOVE YOU by Hazel Woods, (c) 2014. Hazel Woods lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children, so I am not surprised some of the story takes place there. I plan on reading more of Hazel’s work, if she has any in the future. This is the story of star crossed lovers… Or so it looks right up to the end, but will they smarten up and become one family? I highly recommend this book about an ambulance driver in WWI and the daughter of his pen pal chess player whom he loves but hasn’t met. I found the tragic story just enchanting! (Okay that is a real flowery word coming from my mind.. sorry!)
MIDWIFE a novel by Gay Courter, (cr 1982), a nationwide bestseller. This is a very old paperback from 1982! It’s 31 years old, a year older than my daughter! This story is about Hannah Blau a midwife who fought religious prejudice to gain medical training in Moscow’s legendary Imperial College. Later she immigrates to New York where male doctors were very hostile towards her. Well I love a good story where the woman triumphs over adversity.
I’m reading this book in my bedroom before falling asleep and I’m reading WINDLESS SUMMER at the kitchen table. In the past I often could be found reading two books at the same time. One was usually a novel for enjoyment and the other a self help book for life improvement. Right now it’s two novels.
NOTE: This book has tiny type! UGH! I’ll be a while reading it, but it’s interesting at least, I tend to read about Jewish people… holocaust stories etc. I may have been Jewish in a past life! Seriously! This is s GOOD book, but it’s bogged down with to many details, I guess that’s why the type is so tin
y to make it fit in the pages! UGH!
NOTE: I’m really enjoying this book, once I got past the tiny type.. so YES I do recommend it… Was it ever a series on TV?
CIRCLE OF GOLD a novel by Karen Harper. This novel begins in the year 1823, it’s about a woman name Rebecca Blake. The blurb on the inside cover calls it a ‘saga’. It sure sounds like it to me! She starts out in a log cabin in the hills of Kentucky and along the way she lives in jolly old England for a while before returning to Kentucky.