Lara’s life is a bit of a mess, so attending a funeral with her family truly tests her endurance of their sarcasm and snubs. The guest of honor is Lara’s 105 year old great aunt Sadie, whom she’s never met. Before the funeral starts, much to her amazement, Lara sees Sadie as she was as a twenty three year old flapper. Sadie the ghost demands Lara to stop the funeral and help find her prized necklace, and chaos ensues. Sadie and Lara strike up an unlikely friendship, and they both learn much about the other in their quest to recover the necklace.
The cover shows both Sadie and Lara, and the twenties are a fun era to read about–Sadie’s stories about her life add a lot to the book, and the ending is bittersweet but satisfying.
Revisiting this book was a treat. It’s a fast, easy read–it’s definitely chick lit–a genre I don’t read much of, but it made me laugh out loud and cry–it’s fun and heartfelt. It deals with love, loss, family, and overcoming adversity.
I also reread the Grisha trilogy, by Leigh Bardugo, but for a different reason–I originally read them in ‘real time’, shortly after they were each published. I remember being frustrated with myself as I read the third book, because some of the details of the backstory were hazy.
Set in a fantasy world based on Russia, orphan Alina Starkov discovers she has a dormant power than could be vital to ending the war in her country. She is forced to leave behind her childhood friend, Mal, and is taken to the royal court to train and learn to control her power. She becomes a member of the Grisha, an elite group with magical powers, lead by the Darkling. It’s unclear who is on the side of good and evil.
Young Adult Fantasy is also not my usual genre of book, but I enjoyed these. There is the classic theme of good versus evil, but mercy also plays a big part in the story line. All three books are page turners (even the second, which often falls flat in trilogies). I noticed there’s also a prequel available for Kindle, as well as several companion folk tales, for Kindle or Audible, none of which I’ve read.
Here’s what I’ll be reading next:
I’m looking forward to all three, but I’m almost afraid to open The Lake House–Morton is one of my favorite authors, and I know once I start it, I’ll get sucked in and have to be reminded to complete daily life tasks, such as cleaning house, providing food for my children, and other responsibilities.
Let me know what you’re reading, I always welcome good book recommendations!