Our last guest at the Blogger Book Fair is lovely Leslie of a room somewhere. Let's see what goodies she has to recommend:
Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery
I include this book because it is the book which was most formative for me as a reader. The Emily series and the characters within it, which I was introduced to as a girl of eleven, convinced me that books would be a major part of my life. Emily Starr is a captivating young girl whose life has taken tragic turns, but whose imagination and sense of humanity save her and teach her to find happiness in just about everything.
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
This book will immediately remind you of one of America's treasured novels, To Kill A Mockingbird. The narrator of this story, set in the 1960s midwest, is a boy named Rube. He and his irresistibly interesting little sister, Swede, travel with their single father on a journey to find their older brother, who has run from the law after a mystery-laden night back home. The characters in this story will have you swept up in no time.
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
I have read hundreds of books in my young(ish) life, and I have rarely become so engrossed in a character as I did in Inman, the wounded Confederate soldier in Cold Mountain. His humanity and compassion, yet rugged awareness of life and death form him into a man unlike many I've read about, and certainly unlike any I've ever encountered in real life. His impetuous, yet tender love for Ada keeps him going, despite life-threatening events, as he makes his way back to her and his treasured North Carolina homeland. Meanwhile, Ada grows from a spoiled girl to a deep, loving woman with the help of her incorrigible companion, Ruby Thuse. All of them are characters who will teach you something about love and life.
These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
Sarah Agnes Prine is perhaps my favorite woman in literature. She is based upon characters from a family's real memoir, and her life, set in Arizona in the 1800s is simultaneously unbelievably rugged and tenderly real and relatable. Her romantic relationship with Captain Jack Elliot is one of the best love stories you'll ever read, and Ms. Turner's ability to create Sarah through her words and thoughts is unforgettable. You will love Sarah. I missed her when the book was finished.
Thank you, Leslie for your wonderful recommendations. I know how you feel when you said you missed a character when you finished the book-aren't those just the best ones? When you have fallen so in love with a character and are so engrossed in the story, that when you finish you are not quite sure what to do next.
I hope you all have enjoyed this series, and have left with a few new books to add to your wish lists. But don't cry because it is over just yet-I will be back sometime this weekend with my list, and if anyone else would like to participate, just email me your picks and I will post them next week! I also have a special treat for you on Monday-a new "You Oughta Know" interview and giveaway-I know you are going to love it, so be sure to stop by. Until then, I hope you all have a great weekend!