For me to say I have a favorite book would be like asking Imelda Marcos to choose a favorite pair of shoes. Although, I don’t think I have quite as many books as she did shoes, nor, do I think you can compare my love of books with her love of shoes. I think the motives behind the love are different. Still, you must get the point. I could never have just one favorite book.
I love books, and given cash to shop I would more than likely spend the money on books rather than shoes. Shoes wear out and go out of style. Books are timeless. A good book transcends time and is relevant throughout the ages.
This would be where I would now list a very classic book that has been around since forever, proving it’s timelessness, that all great literary persons have read and recommend. Except, I am not. The book I have chosen to talk about today would be considered shallow by a lot of book lovers.
It’s a romance novel; one of the few books I’ve read more than once, or even twice and will probably read again at some point in the future. I love all manner of books. And if you browse my shelves you will notice everything – children’s, classics, novels, self-help, organization, home decor, hymn books, Bibles, bible commentaries, inspirational, devotional, spiritual growth, humor, history, poetry….Some of the books would be profound and some would be fluff. I have a pretty wide range of interests. But, I have always loved a good romance.
I grew up reading Grace Livingston Hill and Emilie Loring Romance novels. There were very few books that were mom-approved for my reading list. Harlequin romance novels were off-limits, although I have read a few in my time. My mom considered them not fit for my teenage mind. I think some of them had a few bad words and too much kissing.
As I have gotten older the romance novel has interested me less, unless it is very well-written. Which is why I think I still like some of the Emilie Loring books. Even though they can be cliche, she still has somewhat of a classic style. She has good description and she occasionally quotes snippets of classic poems, showing that she was well-read. There is of course somewhat of a formula to romance novels, which is to be expected, but I think that was part of the attraction. They provided a chance to escape for a while. I could get lost in someone else’s life and imagine my life a little different, if just for awhile.
My favorite Emilie Loring book is Forsaking All Others. It is about a young and upcoming stage actress who has become the guardian of her young nephew and for the sake of his health must give up her career and move to a better climate. There is also a very young doctor who needs a wife to protect his reputation in a very gossipy dessert town. Throw in the older, mutual friend, who thinks marriage between the two would solve both their problems and you have the basic plot for a marriage of convenience that might just turn into real love. Sappy, I know. What can I say. But there you have it. One of my favorite all time romance novels is Forsaking All Others.
A few months ago, I decided I needed to find a hardback copy of this book. I found a first edition library copy at a reasonable price, so purchased it. When it arrived I read the book again. It did not disappoint. It now sits in the book hutch that found me waiting patiently to be loved again.
What about you? Do you have a favorite romance book? A favorite any book? You can click here for more about my reading habits.
Reading in grace,
Teresa (Sadie Grace)