The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright
I loved this book for two reasons. One, it appealed to the English teacher in me. The setting follow's Chaucer's Canterbury trail for goodness sake! Two, the main character is struggling with coming to terms with her view of her dead mother. Let's face it. What daughter among us has not struggled with her relationship with her mother, living or dead. Mom is a powerful force, one that can't be denied, one that reaches beyond the grave. This book explores this reality in a special way. The main character Che, has lost her mother to cancer and her fiance to another woman in one fell swoop. Reeling from these blows, Che impulsively decides to fulfill her mother's request to complete the pilgrimage to Canterbury where it is said miracles and healing happens to those who make the journey. Che, empties her mother's ashes into a zip lock bag, hops a flight to England, and joins a group of traveling pilgrims (Broads Abroad) and determines to make the pilgrimage with mom safely tucked in her backpack. True to Chaucer's "Prologue" to the Canterbury Tales, each of the pilgrims shares a story along the path to Canterbury. Chaucer lovers will recognize some of the characters, even though they are in modern garb.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
On to THE BAD. Only one of the books on my list this month really turned out to be one I couldn't wait to put down, The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay.
The House I Loved, by Tatiana de Rosnay
And finally, The Helpful. I read two non-fiction books this month that I found to be very useful, Voracious by Cara Nicoletti, and Dave Ramsey's latest book, The Total Money Makeover.
Voracious (A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books), by Cara Nicoletti
The Total Money Makeover (A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness), by Dave Ramsey
OKAY...I admit it...I am a terrible money manager...I have lots of evidence to prove it, too! However, I can accept advice, and Dave Ramsey has some great strategies to help the weak and disabled (that's me when it comes to money). His plan to acquire financial fitness is simple but not painless. He fully admits this and asks you to embrace the pain. No Pain. No Gain. His plan is based on a seven step plan that he has broken down into what he calls Baby Steps (What About Bob fame). It starts with Baby Step One: Save $1000 FAST (in what he calls an emergency fund). This he claims should be done in no more than a months time. YIKES!!! It ends with Step Seven: Create Wealth but I will be happy to end on Step Six: Pay Off Home Mortgage. Forget wealth....I'll be happy with debt free. I am going to give it my best shot. I'll keep you posted.