When you’re heading south for a week-long vacation or curling up this winter for a well-deserved break, check out these three delightful and heart-warming reads:
1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Dr. Don Tillman is a socially awkward and extremely earnest biology professor who’s on the hunt to find the perfect wife– genetically speaking. ‘The Wife Project’ is designed to weed out the unsuitable candidates who smoke, drink, or arrive late. Instead of finding the perfect woman, Don discovers Rosie, the tattooed bartender/genius who does all of those things and more.
Don is one of the most lovable literary bachelors I’ve ever come across, and Rosie will have you in stitches. This book had me laughing out loud, and reminded me of the bizarre things people (read: I) do on the hunt for “the one.”
2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
This was the first book I read by Rainbow Rowell, and though it isn’t her most famous, it really hit me in all the right places. Georgie McCool is a sit-com writer in Los Angeles and is about to have her big break. But things aren’t going so well at home. When a last-minute project comes up and Georgie stays in LA while Neal takes their kids to Nebraska for Christmas, Georgie worries that her marriage may be over. But one night, she calls Neal from an old landline in her mom’s home, and realizes that she’s talking to the Neal of 20 years ago. Can Georgie fix the situation with this tiny portal to the past? I laughed (and cried, really) in this sweet story about marriage, regrets, and how to start fresh.
3. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
I picked this book up because I heard it was a mystery involving journalism and jazz music, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. The Dollhouse follows Darby, who comes to NYC in the 1950’s to live in the Barbizon Hotel for Women and become a secretary. But soon she becomes swept up in an unlikely friendship with Esme, the fiery maid who introduces Darby to an exciting world of jazz nightclubs. As their friendship deepens, Darby discovers that Esme has a dangerous secret, and their relationship ends in disaster. Decades later, journalist Rose Lewin, who is living in the Barbizon, begins to look into some of the rumors she’s heard about Darby and Esme, and is surprised about what she discovers. This is a perfect “light thriller” (intriguing but not scary) for the beach.
Guest PTL blogger Jessie Hawkes is a freelance writer who loves ending her day with a mug of tea and a good book. She’s a recent Peterborough resident with roots in Maine and Utah, and professional writing experience in the travel and outdoor industries. Check out her blog The Desert Bookworm for more book recommendations, or follow her @wildwilkey.