Thursday, February 26, 2009


One of the things I love about reading is getting lost in a good book. I love how you can lose all sense of time passing. Just this morning I was reading and I looked up and I was amazed at how little time had actually passed but so much had happened in the book. It was something. Reading has come easily to me as long as I can remember and I have always loved how a book can take you out of time and place. That's why working in a place filled with books is book a joy and a constant source of irritation- SO many books, so little time. Ahhh, for days off and retirement time. My TBR (to be read) list will be delightful.

Monday, February 16, 2009

A Jewel of a Book

I finally got to read my copy of Beverly Jenkin's book "Jewel". It is a romance set in the 1800's in western Michigan. It's not only a romance, but a history lesson too. I don't want to make it sound boring because it is anything but. Beverly has a unique way to tell you what happened and make it interesting too. OK- Maybe interesting isn't the right word either. How about pulse racing, fan-yourself-oh-my, *blush*blush*, whooo interesting. Beverly sneaks in that history between scenes of steamy romance. Gotta love it.

"Jewel" is the story of Eli Grayson and Jewel Crowley. They were always friends but grew apart as life took them in different directions. Now Eli needs a wife for a night and asks Jewel to masquerade as her and what a world of trouble it brings for both of them- or does it?

I've had the pleasure of meeting Beverly Jenkins and she is an amazing woman. Very dynamic and funny, a pleasure to converse with. Her books span the categories of historical romance, contemporary romantic suspense, young adult novels, and now contemporary romance. I just read she has a new book out "Bring on the Blessings" and it sounds like another well written book. A new direction for Beverly too, as it is described by Marcia Abramson of the Detroit Free Press, as a contemporary novel. Not to say that she won't sneak in a little historic information or romance into it either- I can hardly wait to read it.
You should too.