We’re over half-way through October, and I’m just now getting around to my September books post. This is partly due to me feeling like I’m just not remembering one of the books I read and partly due to me forgetting to post about it. So anyway, here are the books I could remember reading in September.
1. Sparkles by Louise Bagshawe.
This was a book that was given to me by a cousin, and I grabbed it on the way to work one day to read during naptime. At first, I just couldn’t get into it. First of all, it had glitter on the cover and was called “Sparkles.” I was embarrassed to be seen with it, as silly as that sounds. Then there was the fact that many of the characters are spoiled, bratty Frenchmen, obnoxious, self-serving Americans, and timid British people. Of course, the Brits come out strong, smart, generous, and rich in the end. I say “of course” because the author is British.
But after a few chapters, I began to enjoy it. The story was much better than the cover implied. There was murder, mystery, deception, loss, gain, and trials that were overcome. It was fun to read. They only named it “Sparkles” because the main characters are all involved in the jewelry business. I wish they had thought that through a little more.
2., 3., and 4. Annie’s People Trilogy by Beverly Lewis.
The author of these books grew up in Lancaster Country, PA, which is about as Amish as it gets. Her mother had been raised Amish, but Beverly Lewis was not. A Christian author with a great deal of insight into the strictest order of Amish life, these books show the struggles of the young Amish with conforming to the rules set by the Brethren who lead their order.
I knew just some of the basic information about the Amish before reading these books-no electricity, buggies and horses instead of cars, dresses and caps for the women, beards on the men, etc. Not much. While I won’t take a work of fiction as the final authority on Amish life, I found the author’s background lent some major credibility to the story. I was fascinated by what they believe in reference to the Bible and even more fascinated by what they don’t believe. Thank the Lord that I wasn’t born Amish; I would have been horrible at sticking to their rules.
What books did y’all read last month?