Book Review

March has not been as I planned.  I have had influenza then gastric flu for four weeks! Everything has been cancelled and today I am starting to feel “normal”.  It has left me feeling weak, vulnerable and old!! Lots of rebuilding physically and emotionally to do but Spring is blossoming so I have time.  Apologies to those bloggers who have submitted interesting posts that I intend to  comment on later.

One thing I have managed to do now I am recovering is read so I have decided to submit a book review that I think you might be interested in.  A friend recommended this book knowing I am not normally a fan of short stories.  Reader, I Married Him edited by Tracy Chevalier is a collection of twenty one stories by different writers, some I have read work by previously others unknown.  The writers took the final line of the famous book by Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre and their response to the novel is the impetus for their stories.  The result is a mix of different scenarios, countries and plots.  The short story format influences the context and action of each one.  The discipline required to present just enough information must be intense and the gaps imply must so much for the reader to consider and assume.  I have read Jane Eyre at various stages of my life from teenager through young woman and now an older woman but I am always surprised by the inner strength both Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte exhibit in their situations.  Life as a Victorian woman writer was difficult, she and her sisters first published under false male names, but through these women generations of writers and readers have triumphed.  Read this book and maybe it will inspire some you to new heights.  As always I will be interested in your comments.

During this month Peter, my husband, has been amazing despite having flu for a week and I am glad “Reader, I married him”!

I wish all of you a very Happy Easter, with chocolates treats if you want them!  Next month I hope to be back on top form.

Here is the link to the book:

10 responses to “Book Review

  1. I’m so sorry you’ve been under the weather (not that the weather has been anything to brag about…we have SNOW this morning!) But being that kind of sick for that long is disheartening, I know. As well, you feel awful. I’m glad you’re on the mend. And what a cool idea, this set of stories. I enjoy concepts like this. Off to check it out… Keep getting better, Jane!

    • Thank you Laurie and I hope the snow has settled down. I feel stronger every day and look forward to some warmer, dry weather. We have nothing like you guys but it is good when it melts away. I miss Spanish sunshine this winter. Enjoy the book. Have a good Easter weekend.

  2. Oh No, this is a long time to be sick. On the brighter side if you have to be sick what better time then dreary old winter. It’s been exceptionally cold here this year. I thought it was just me, that I’d gotten acclimatized to the warmer than usual, Arizona January but everyone is saying how cold it is.

    Glad you’re on the way back to good health now. I’ve taken to reading more of e-books. Still favor paperbacks so slowly switching over. Pros and cons for both versions. Thanks for the recommendation will check it out.

    • Thank you Lavada. I read a lot of e-books too but prefer paperbacks. Some books need to be flicked back to remind me of the threads at times. I like books with family trees and maps too. I think the book I talk about is one of to check back as it’s good to compare the different approaches and authors. I could do this on kindle I know but it is not as immediate I feel. Also I like sharing books. I hope you find a sheltered spot over the Easter weekend.

  3. So pleased that you’re on the mend, Janey. You’ve had a long hard slog to wellness, and I’ve got everything crossed for you that you’re on the home stretch. At least we’re sniffing spring and warmer weather. That will help.
    The book sounds interesting, and it’s always good to try something new. Keep warm and mollycoddle yourself!

    • Thank you lovely Trish. I love the idea of your new enterprise. Creative and spontaneous on your terms.. The photos show your thinking already and I look forward to seeing more. Have book ready for you when we meet. Happy Easter weekend to you, AJ and gorgeous Vivvy. x

  4. Hope you’re feeling better, Jane. There’s nothing worse than feeling bad. Hugs to you> The book sounds great. I’ll check it out. Jillian

    • Thank you Jillian I am really starting to feel “normal”. The book is certainly interesting and varied. I hope you enjoy coming Easter weekend.

  5. So sorry you have been poorly, Jane, but glad you are feeling better. Like your book review. It’s not the sort of book I would have picked up but will certainly check it out as sounds most interesting. Hope you both had a good Easter and that Peter is doing well too. 🙂

    • Thanks Kit. We are both doing ok now. I hope you might find the book interesting as not a format I usually go for, Made me think! Hope life good with you.

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