I had an entirely different Recommendsday book planned, but for some reason I’m feeling a bit terrified about the world today, so I thought some of you might appreciate some comfort reading suggestions. I’m talking books with resolutions, preferably happy endings that don’t deal with nightmarish dystopian futures or imminent doom. I wonder why that’s off my menu at the moment…
Firstly, you might want to consider revisiting an old favourite. Something that you can enjoy all over again and that can conjure memories of when you read it the first time. The best example of that for me is Regency Buck which is one of my favourite Georgette Heyers, brilliantly romantic (another smart woman this time reforming a rake) and which I finished reading on the bus after my last A Level exam. Or just a book that you’ve read over and over -my top rereads are A Winter’s Tale by Trisha Ashley, the much mentioned Gone with the Windsors or any of the four Peter Wimsey books which feature Harriet Vane.
But if you don’t have an old favourite to hand, I’ve dipped into my reading archive to find three more books where it all turns out right in the end:
Miss Buncle’s Book: Miss Buncle is an impoverished spinster to decides that the best way to earn some more money to improve her situation is to write a book. Her loyal maid thinks she’s mad – but it works. The book that Miss Buncle writes is published under a pseudonym and is a roaring success. The only trouble is that the book is based on the people in her village – and they recognise themselves. I nearly cried laughing reading this and then lent it to everyone I could think of. Perfect for my current mood.
The Reluctant Landlady: When struggling actress Evie inherits a house from a family friend, it seems like a dream and she and her best friend Bing move in. But the house is comes with a motley crew of tennants who she’s not allowed to evict and soon Evie is trying to sort their lives out for them, whether they want her to or not. This was the first Bernadette Strachan book that I read and I think it’s still my favourite. Evie is fabulous and Bing is just one of the best and funniest sidekick characters I’ve come across in this sort of book. Strachan now writes as Juliet Ashton and Claire Sandy – her A Very Big House in the Country would make a good choice at the moment too.
Welcome to the Real World: Fern is having a good week: she’s landed a job as PA to a world famous singer and she’s got a chance to try and realise her own singing dream with a slot on the newest TV talent show. But when it turns out her new boss, Evan, is also going to be a judge on the talent show, things start to get complicated, because Fern really wants to keep her singing under wraps from him. I see from Goodreads that reviews on this are somewhat… divided, but this is my favourite Carole Matthews book. It focuses mostly on Fern and what is going on in her life, but I liked that – and there’s plenty of drama as well.
I hope one of these tickles your fancy and improves your mood. I’m off to re-read some Peter and Harriet.