Summer Reading List

As a part of her blog tour, Sarah Cunningham, author of Picking Dandelions, asked bloggers to list some of their favorite summer reading books.  Three books Immediately came to mind.

Anne of Green Gables This is an oldie, but a goodie!  It was the adventures of this feisty red-head that first inspired me to become a writer.  The book was over 70 years when I first read it in the mid-eighties.  Still I could easily relate to Anne Shirley.  My dream then was—and still is today—to create just one character who lives and breathes and endures, one who is as real to my readers as L.M. Montgomery’s Anne is to me.

Before the Season Ends This is the first in a series of three books by Linore Rose Burkard, set in Regency England.  Think Jane Austen, with a Christian message.  The author’s detailed descriptions of homes, transportation, clothing, and mannerisms of the period transport the reader back in time.  The romance between Miss Ariana Forsythe and Mr. Phillip Mornay will leave you breathless.

The third book on my list is Waiting for Daybreak, by Kathryn Cushman.  Any of Cushman’s books could be on this list.  I’ve enjoyed all of them.  But I think Waiting for Daybreak is my favorite.  It’s the story of two strong women who are sort of floundering in life.  Perhaps I like it so much because it is the only one of her three books that doesn’t deal with a mother grieving the death of her child!  Whatever the reason, this book is definitely on my “Must Read” list.

Leaving Yesterday, by Kathryn Cushman

Leaving Yesterday

Alisa Stewart is living every mother’s worst nightmare.  Her oldest son, Nick, is dead.  Her middle child, Kurt, has become addicted to drugs.  Her husband has moved out of the family home.  She is now left alone to raise her youngest child, a pre-teen girls who doesn’t quite understand what is happening in her life.  When Kurt enters rehab, Alisa is sure God has answered her prayers and is bringing healing into the family.  Only a detective has started poking around, asking questions about a man in Kurt’s past.  He is soon showing up in unexpected places, always asking questions Alisa doesn’t want to answer.  She is determined to believe the best about her child.  When something incriminating is found in Kurt’s belongings, Alisa takes matters into her own hands.  But has her desperate act helped her son, or made things worse for him?

I her book Leaving Yesterday, Kathryn Cushman paints a beautiful picture of a mother’s inner struggle between the truth and protecting her young.  I was moved by Alisa situation, admiring her dedication and loathing her methods all at the same time.  There is a right way and a wrong way to handle every situation in life.  As a Christian, Alisa knew in her heart the right thing to do.  In her head, she was not convinced.  I love the way her struggles seem so real and the way that nothing is glossed over.

Cushman’s story made me consider my own life, my own children.  Would I risk everything for them—even if they did not deserve my sacrifice?  I don’t know.  But any book that makes the reader think is worth a second look.  And this one definitely gave me a lot to think about.