Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Three fascinating stories

A friend of mine subscribes to the Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, and a few years ago she loaned me one in particular because there was a certain story she thought I would enjoy. And enjoy it I did. But I also read the other stories in that volume, and one in particular struck me -- Barbara Delinsky’s THE SUMMER I DARED. I was so taken with that plot that I went and bought the book.

Our Mobile Home Park clubhouse has a collection of books donated by the residents. I frequently avail myself of this library, and a few weeks ago picked up another of the Reader’s Digest Condensed Books. This one also contained a most unusual story by Will North, entitled THE LONG WALK HOME. I want to read that one in its entirety.

Then today I read yet another gripping Reader’s Digest Condensed Books story entitled THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE by Kristin Hannah. Found that one at a good price at Amazon, so I will be reading that story in its entirety.

The story lines of these three books are not at all similar; yet each resonated with me. They are all fiction, but the characters in all these stories feel like real people. And while the stories are all different, they each have a thread that, to me, links them together. That link is love, expressed in different ways in each of the stories, but somehow the same.

If any of you have read any of these authors, I’d be interested in your comments.

This video is funny: