Since it's Friday and I've been diligently reading this week I have 2 books to talk about for Book Club Friday.
I just finished (Wednesday morning) the book I last wrote about (yes, I know, I got a little slow there) which was Compact with the Devil.
It had come highly recommended by several other bloggin' book lovers and I have to say I wasn't sure it was going to be my cup of tea - but I did really enjoy it. It wasn't a 'can't put down' for me but it was cute, a fun break from murder mysteries I've been obsessed with lately and I'm glad I read it. I'm not sure I'll rush out and buy more by the same author but it was a fun 'summer chic lit read' for me.
After finishing that I moved quickly on to read A Young Wife at the recommendation of my coworker, Madison. She finished it quickly and it was 2ish weeks left before it had to be given back to the library so she tossed it my way.
When fifteen-year-old Minke van Aisma travels to Amsterdam to care for the dying wife of an older, wealthy man named Sander DeVries, she has no idea what awaits her. Within hours of his wife’s death, Sander proposes marriage, and within days the couple sets sail for the burgeoning oil fields of Argentina.
But the future that seemed so bright takes a dark turn the morning their son, Zef, is kidnapped. Dire circumstances dictate that Sander immigrate to New York at once, leaving Minke little choice but to wait for their new baby’s arrival, follow Sander to America, and abandon her firstborn.
What follows is a triumphant turn-of-the-century saga of love, betrayal, and redemption that takes readers from the opulent life in Amsterdam during the 1900s to rough life on the Argentine coast to the impoverished life of a recent immigrant in New York.
An indelible portrait of one woman’s struggle to steer her own fate, A Young Wife is a powerful journey that will stay with readers long past the final page.
I'm not too far along in the book so far but it's easy reading, and it's keeping my attention. I'm curious to see how the story develops (the proposal just happened where I'm at). The adventures havent' totally begun yet (I'm 50 pages in) but I think I'll have this one done by the end of the weekend.