Hello. My names is Sandra and I’m a reader.
A voracious reader. It’s as if my eyesight won’t last long and I have to cram in as many words and as much beauty as possible before the roll is called up yonder. Like C. S. Lewis once said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
My hero! There have been words, just as true, spoken but these resonate within me; they chime delicately as if struck with a tuning fork.
Sometimes, just sometimes, I read a book that gently elevates me beyond the daily grind, transports me to another time and place and let’s me revel in the well written word. Naturally, C. S. Lewis does that. So does Frances Mayes, although I always feel a bit of ennui when reading her books. She writes beautifully, tenderly, extremely rich books but she’s not a Christian Believer and the sense of loss, of expectation not realized, of hopes not dared, of always wondering “why is all this not enough” are subtle, but there, in the background, faintly tainting what are otherwise, sublime pieces of work. I hate we’re not going to share Heaven.
Yes, there are other such authors, perhaps too numerous to mention but the latest is Melanie M. Jeschke. She wrote INKLINGS, a fine and enjoyable read. It’s listed as a Romance novel and, generally, I tend to stay away from romance novels. They tend to be a bit sticky sweet for me and I’m one of those women who would rather see love in action as opposed to hear about it. After all, talk is cheap.
Inklings is a bit sticky sweet but…but…it takes place in Oxford and there are tidbits of C. S. Lewis, Tolkien and the Inklings woven amongst the primary love story. American girl goes to Oxford and is woed by two very different men…and so forth. It’s a good read, I enjoyed it but think dire romantics, love struck young women and those for whom life has not yet reared it’s ugly head and struck will, especially, enjoy this book.
Intentions is her latest in The Oxford Chronicles.
Giveaway: If you’d like an opportunity to win Inklings, shipping included, please leave me a comment.
P. S. duh. A little more information should be forthcoming, doncha tink? Today is Thursday so I’ll take comments until Monday morning at 9 a.m. I’ll contact you sometime Monday evening so make sure you leave your e-mail or blog information.
Blessings ~ great authors ~ giveaways ~ C. S. Lewis ~ Frances Mayes ~ Melanie M. Jeschke ~ books ~ good reads ~