I skipped the monthly book roundup in January; I was a mite busy and didn’t have much time to read. Well, same goes for February. This month I bring you a whopping three titles. Let’s get started, shall we?
First up we have The Tea Planter’s Daughter by Janet MacLeod Trotter. The beautiful cover done got me. That’s the only thing that got me, unfortunately.
Girl and sister live in India. Father plants tea. Father is no good at growing tea. Father dies, girls go back to England and live with terrible relatives. Girl meets guy she met in India again (of course) and we all know how the story ends.
Everyone loves this book but me. It was just…no. And anytime a character meets someone literally like three times and cannot stand them for two of those times but still falls OMG IN LUV 4EVER, well, it makes me want to heave.
Good lord that’s a huge picture, but anyway. Next up we have Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl.
I should just stick to memoirs, I tend to like them much better. Ruth Reichl is a chef and food writer, and used to be the editor-in-chief at Gourmet magazine. In this book she tells stories about her life up to the point she became a food writer, and each story ends with a recipe.
When I say this woman had led an interesting life…I mean it. From her manic depressive mother sending her away to a Canadian boarding school to living in a commune, this woman has led one heck of a life. This book ended up being a page-turner, not only because Reichl is such a good writer, but also because I couldn’t help but wonder where in the world she would end up next.
And finally, we have A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. I cannot talk about this book without a slight preface. I love Deanna Raybourn. She is my spirit guide and I absolutely, 110% loved her Lady Julia Grey series.
But I didn’t love this book. This books follows Veronica Speedwell, Victorian smart lady, as she narrowly avoids being abducted. The man who helps save her, a baron, puts her in the protection of a taxidermist named Stoker. Before the baron can explain anything, he is murdered. Veronica and Stoker end up on the run, trying to figure out what the heck is going on.
And…I didn’t love it. My main issue is that Veronica annoyed the crap out of me. She’s a know-it-all, and not in a fun, entertaining sort of way. And Stoker is just sort of…there. I don’t know. It just didn’t work for me.
But, as usual, everyone else loves it. So by all means, ignore me.
And those were February’s books. Go forth and read.