I'm joining Steph and Jana today and sharing some books. First up is Weekend in Paris, by Robyn Sisman.
Molly Clearwater had always wanted to escape the confines of her small-town upbringing to make a splash as a career woman in London. But somehow, working as a low-level assistant for the boorish Malcolm Figg wasn't nearly as fulfilling as she had hoped-until Malcolm offered her a "perk"-a free weekend business trip to Paris. She's ecstatic until she discovers that Malcolm's idea of "business" isn't exactly the same as hers. Horrified, Molly storms out of the office. With nothing else to lose, she impulsively boards a train to Paris, intent on treating herself to a long weekend in the City of Light. Within moments of stepping onto the cobblestoned streets of Paris, Molly is swept up in an adventure that defies her imagination. From infiltrating a conference in a Cleopatra wig to sharing her deepest secret with a complete stranger, Molly's weekend away from her troubles turns into a dizzying voyage of passion and self-discovery, transforming her absolutely...
I judged it by its cover and picked up because it looked like it would be a cute, fun little read.
I hated it.
It was sleazy and predictable and I had to force myself to finish it, and I think I need to raise my standards a bit.
I also read Open House, by Elizabeth Berg.
Samantha's husband has left her, and after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany's, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her eleven-year-old son. Her eccentric mother tries to help by fixing her up with dates, but a more pressing problem is money. To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in boarders. The first is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed comfort; the second, a maladjusted student, is not quite so helpful. A new friend, King, an untraditional man, suggests that Samantha get out, get going, get work. But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness. In order to really see people, she has to look within her heart. And in order to know who she is, she has to remember--and reclaim--the person she used to be, long before she became someone else in an effort to save her marriage. Open House is a love story about what can blossom between a man and a woman, and within a woman herself.
I had my doubts throughout the first few chapters, but once I got into it a bit more, I really enjoyed it. I love Elizabeth Berg's writing style and descriptions, and the quirky characters were so endearing. I'd recommend this one.
I started Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert last week and I think I'm going to have to give up on it. I bought a few books at a yard sale down the shore this weekend, but I'm all ears for your suggestions!