2 Books I read in September 2020

When I chose four library books I was looking for a mixture of light and more serious reading. The two books reviewed here are both fiction. The second one is a more serious book taking more time to be read.

Don't tell the Groom cover

Don’t tell the groom: Will Penny be able to keep her secret long enough to say I will? by Anna Bell

Don’t tell the groom was the book, about which I tweeted, ‘I accidentally read a book from cover to cover’. I had begun reading it in the car while I was waiting for hubby in the car park. I picked it up again after lunch and read to the end. Like It all began with a Tweet, which I reviewed earlier, this is a lighthearted amusing story with an underlying social problem as a key part of the story. In this case it is online gambling and the gambler’s web of deceit, which make the plot not just interesting but gripping right to the end. There are well-drawn characters and some puzzling things, which kept the pages turning as I wanted to discover the reasons behind them.

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

The Mermaid Chair cover

Having read and enjoyed other titles* by Sue Monk Kidd, I picked up The Mermaid Chair, a thought-provoking novel set in an imaginary location in South Carolina. The story explores issues of mental health, love, religion, superstition and life in close knit communities – family, an island, a monastery – using believable characters. The decisions faced by some of the characters make an interesting story with unexpected twists in the plot. As in all good novels the characters undergo a change in the course of the story.

An interview with the author and reading group questions were included in the paperback copy. I was interested to learn that Sue Monk Kidd attended Texas Christian University and is married to a theologian.

*Please click to read my review of The Invention of Wings. I also read Life of Bees before I began blogging about books.

An index of books I have reviewed may be found by clicking here (Authors A-M) and here (Authors N-Z).