I read a lot as a child, but the first ‘adult’ book I remember reading and loving was Jane Eyre. My mother gave me an old, battered copy and the moment I finished it I immediately read it again. Jane is such a brave heroine, and even now I find something new every time I pick up that book.
I read my way through the classics at school. I believe passionately that the books chosen for study shouldn’t put children off reading. I was lucky. There are books I studied that I regularly reread. One of those is Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd. I’ve always been drawn to strong heroines, and Bathsheba Everdene is one of my favourites. She isn’t always likeable, but she is always interesting. Strongly feminist, she isn’t looking for a man to fix her problems.
I discovered Daphne Du Maurier in my late teens and devoured all her books. My favourite is still Rebecca. Daphne Du Maurier was a great storyteller and this book has dark, sinister undertones and a sense of creeping menace and chill that makes you want to wrap up warm while you read it. Her characters are complex and layered and she is the master of page turning suspense. Whatever I read, I want it to be a page turner.
I love Jane Austen, not only for her wit and well-developed characters (particularly female characters), but also for her social observations and the way she explores so many themes. Pride and Prejudice is most people’s top choice (and who can resist the TV adaptation with Darcy emerging from the lake?) but mine is Persuasion. I wanted Anne Elliot as a friend.
My father loves Dickens and shared his love with me. He read Great Expectations aloud and the vivid image of Miss Haversham surrounded by cobwebs has stayed with me. Whenever I love a book, it’s often because of the characters and it’s impossible to forget characters who have names like Scrooge and Fagin. Dickens shone a light on Victorian life and social issues, but despite some dark themes his stories are full of hope.
Available July 10, 2018!
by Sarah Morgan
Released: July 10, 2018
Published by HQN
When three generations of women are brought together by crisis, they learn over the course of one hot summer the power of family to support, nourish and surprise
Lauren has the perfect life...if she ignores the fact it's a fragile house of cards, and that her daughter Mack has just had a teenage personality transplant.
Jenna is desperate to start a family with her husband, but it's... Just. Not. Happening. Her heart is breaking, but she's determined to keep her trademark smile on her face.
Nancy knows she hasn't been the best mother, but how can she ever tell Lauren and Jenna the reason why?
Then life changes in an instant, and Lauren, Mack, Jenna and Nancy are thrown together for a summer on Martha's Vineyard. Somehow, these very different women must relearn how to be a family. And while unraveling their secrets might be their biggest challege, the rewards could be infinite...
Heartwarming and fresh, Sarah Morgan's brilliant new novel is a witty and deeply uplifting look at the power of a family of women.
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