What's up? The summer is speeding past, but I'm trying to slow down and act like it's summer. We went hiking on Sunday at a national park, and we've gone to the pool several times in the past couple of weeks. We are going to college orientations, signing up for classes, getting paperwork finished, etc. We're waiting expectantly for our first grandchild. What are you doing?
Also, last week we watched the BBC mini-series of Middlemarch. I couldn't resist after reading the book. I will say that this is not nearly as good a production as North and South--but then who can beat Richard Armitage? However, this is a solid production and very true to the book. So, I would recommend it.
I finished reading The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate for my book club. This is not my normal fare in books, but I do like to read a few Christian fiction books each year.
The story is about Jenn, an editor in a NYC Publishing House. Mysteriously, a partial, old manuscript appears on her desk one morning. She reads it and is captivated by the story; however, there is no name or return address on the manuscript from the 1990's. As she searches out the history of the manuscript, she returns to her home town and the drama she left behind. Jenn has to deal with family drama while she is trying to find out the author and background of the manuscript.
In the process of the story we also get into a history of some of the Appalachian people and the Melungeon. This was an interesting cultural element to the book.
Apparently Jenn escaped from a cult-like church from the mountains. I wish the author had used the word cult when dealing with this brutal church (they practiced caning) to distinguish it from the average church. In my mind, she didn't do enough to distance it from other churches. Using the term "Brethren" in the title of the church did more to confuse because of the other denominations with that name.
The story was interesting and fast-paced, especially the parts with Appalachian history. I read it in one day!
This is over 400 pages so I'm counting it for The Big Book Summer Challenge!
What are you reading?