Well, y’all… it’s the un-official start of summer. Memorial Day has come and gone, and we can all take a collective deep breath, and let the slower days of summer wash over us.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sure glad the pace slows a little bit for just a few months. I’ve got some friends to catch up on, some places I wanna go, and some books to read!
First on my list for this summer reading was a book by a great Southern author, Michael Lee West. I was privileged to be given a copy of her newest book out, Gone With a Handsomer Man.
And let me tell you, I was delighted. I tore through it in only two days. Full of Southern charm, a great story, and a host of likeable and interesting characters — Gone with a Handsomer Man was just the perfect start for my summer reading list.
The story follows Tenny as she comes home early from her cake decorating class and unexpectedly catches her fiance playing a little badminton with a couple of, shall we say, less-than-completely dressed girls.
When said fiance turns up dead a few days later, who do you think the prime suspect is? Yes, that’s right… the scorned woman. But, around that same time, Teeny runs into her former boyfriend, who just happens to be a lawyer willing to take on her case and her crazies in the meantime.
I’d be a really bad book critic, because I more often like books than not. Mostly, I just love to read about anything, but if I’m not liking it by fifty or so pages in, I just don’t finish it. There are too many good books out there. So, there’s my little secret. But if I do have to give my honest opinion — the good with the bad, my only complaint here is there’s just a little bit of language in here that I know any Southern lady knows better than to use. Momma taught us better.
But now that’s just a side note. Let your little eyes ignore those things momma told us not to say, and enjoy this Southern story. Like a girlier, sexier John Grisham novel, Gone with a Handsomer Man is the perfect way to kick of your summer reading list. Pack a beach bag, throw in any of Michael Lee West’s novels, and kick back for some pure reading enjoyment.
Then come on back tomorrow. Not only can we heartily recommend her writing, Ms. West was kind enough to take some time out of her busy writing schedule to do a little question and answer time with us here at Sweet Iced Tea. Then, we’ll be sharing recipes, and other reads from this Southern author!
It’s Michael Lee West week here at Sweet Iced Tea! What are some of your planned or favorite summer reads?