A few weeks ago, I was looking for a book to take with me to Amsterdam. I always have a book with me. I feel naked without one. Well, the day before I went to Amsterdam I realized I’d read every book I had at home. I didn’t have enough time to browse for books beforehand so I figured I’d wait until I arrived at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm and pick up a book or two at Pocket Shop in Terminal 5. I wasn’t disappointed.
As soon as I walked into the shop, the sales assistant asked me if I needed any help. I told her my dilemma of needing a book and what I usually liked to read. She nodded enthusiastically and then said, “You should read Lucy Dillon!” I don’t think I’d ever heard of Lucy Dillon before she mentioned her.
I asked that silly question that everyone asks when someone recommends an author: “Is she any good?”
My helpful sales assistant assured me that, yes, Lucy Dillon was good and she was certain I would fall in love with her books. “If you like dogs,” she said, “then you’ll love Lost Dogs & Lonely Hearts.”
I like dogs, I thought. In fact, I adore dogs (but not shih tzus or neurotic chihuahuas or those weird hairless dogs that look more like shaved rats than dogs) so I decided to take her advice and pick up a copy. Then I saw Walking Back to Happiness and decided I may as well read that one too. So I left the bookstore with three books (two by Lucy Dillon and one by Lindsey Kelk–I Heart Vegas) and was very happy as I wandered over to the gate for my flight.
Was the sales assistant correct in her assessment of me being a Lucy Dillon book lover? Indeed, she was. Though I have to say that I think I enjoyed Walking Back to Happiness a tad bit more than Lost Dogs & Lonely Hearts. Why? Well, I think it was more focussed. There were so many characters to keep track of in Lost Dogs… that I sometimes got a bit confused. But I am one of those people who likes it when books have a limited cast of characters. Too many names to keep track of and my brain revolts (unless, of course, I am reading Dr. Zhivago and then my brain just goes crazy for all the Russian names and dreaming of David Lean’s cinematic version (the best one, in my opinion) of Dr. Zhivago.
Sorry, Keira Knightley, but you are not Lara for me…that will always be Julie Christie.
But I digress.
In between all this reading I have to finish revising my own novel–the one I wrote for Nanowrimo which is still called Snowbound and which I’ve decided to publish as an ebook. I will let you know when it’s going to be available. Hopefully, I should have everything ready by mid-March.
Anyway, my ratings for this week? For Walking Back to Happiness, I give it a solid 4.5 out of 5. For Lost Dogs & Lonely Hearts, I say a 4 out of 5. And now I want to adopt a dog. If I keep bothering Tord enough, he will give in and realize that our lives would complete with a cute little border terrier whom we could name Angus. 🙂