It’s too hot and steamy out there to do anything more vigourous than read, but you don’t want to be sweating your way through anything too heavy when the humidex is hitting 40. To the rescue: three light, fun books to take your mind off the external temperature.
Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen
A quirky book about a little black dress and the people who come in contact with it. Written from the perspective of a dressmaker, a salesgirl, a model, an actor, a private detective, an unemployed graduate, and an emergency room doctor, the stories are woven together through their connection to the dress, some more tightly than others. A fun frolicky rom-com.
Monsters: A Love Story by Liz Kay
Recently widowed mother of two, Stacy is trying to keep her shit together. Hollywood bad-boy Tommy is a player with issues of his own. She’s a poet, whose novel-in-verse is a feminist take on Frankenstein, and he wants to make a movie of the book. Sounds cheesy, and this book could go the way of fromage, but it doesn’t. It’s a book about relationships and mistakes, but there’s humour too, and while it teeters close to the edge of cliché at times, the writing and dialogue keep it from toppling.
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
This book is coming out in August, just in time for the apple harvest, which is handy because you’ll be wanting to bake apple pies after reading it (there’s even a recipe at the back of the book to assist you). Pastry chef Olivia has to leave town in a hurry, and ends up in a small Vermont town where she gets a job at a country inn. Banjos and fiddles, square dancing and fairs, gossip and mystery all figure prominently, as does pie. Lots of pie. This one falls more firmly in the typical romance genre than the two books above; it’s a fun summer read, especially if you find lavish descriptions of desserts to be your aphrodisiac of choice.
Stay cool and read romance, my friends.