A Reader’s Life
Reading about Laurie Jenkins got me thinking about my own life and love of reading. When I was a little girl, I didn’t have anyone who read to me, nor did we have very many books in our home. At the time, my mom was doing her best to raise three children on her own. Things changed when she remarried, and we moved from a small farm community in Central Washington to a new planned community in Northern California.
In sixth grade, I attended La Fiesta Elementary School its inaugural year. We lived in “L” section where all the street names started with “L”—hence, La Fiesta, the party school! I was lucky enough to have Mr. Sanders as my teacher. He was the best teacher I ever had. He wasn’t easy, but he was tremendously dedicated and read to us every day after lunch. He read great books like The Egypt Game, Johnny Tremain, and My Brother Sam Is Dead. I looked forward to the story time more than recess.
Because of Mr. Sanders, I started reading on my own and raced through the Betsy series by Maud Hart Lovelace that I had discovered in our school library. It was because of this that he decided I should be the official library helper, which meant I was allowed to leave class a couple hours every week to help the school librarian organize and shelve books. Somehow I always managed to miss Science—it was awesome!
Thus began my love of books. Although I have read a good number of non-fiction books on a variety of topics, it is stories that I truly adore. I love nothing more than to escape into a book and go into another world, another life—to discover a book that I can’t put down and find myself reading at three in the morning when I should be sleeping.
In no particular order, here is a brief list of some of the authors who repeatedly kept me going in the middle of the night: John Jakes, Taylor Caldwell, Jane Austen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rachel Gibson, Henry James, Somerset Maugham, Laura Dave, and Philippa Gregory.
Who has recently kept you up in the middle of the night?
ABOUT THE BOOK
Book Title: Degrees of Love: A Novel by Lisa Slabach
Category: Adult Fiction, 344 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction
Release date: Dec 1, 2017
Tour dates: Jan 3 to 31, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult themes including infidelity, occasional F-word, non-explicit sex scenes)
At thirty-six, Susan Sinclair has it all. She's just been promoted to Senior Vice President of Mobile Banking at her firm, a prestigious position bringing fresh creative challenges and a hefty salary increase. Like the shiny new BMW in the driveway of the Silicon Valley home she shares with her husband, Matt, and their two beautiful boys, Susan exudes confidence and style.
Yet despite her success in juggling the roles of wife, mother, and businesswoman, Susan struggles with a secret dissatisfaction. Matt's work in cutting-edge computer research pays less than her job, and with each advance in her career, he has grown more distant. But Matt refuses to admit there is a problem, and Susan forces herself to play along, determined to give her boys the close-knit family life she never had.
Then she meets her new boss, Reese Kirkpatrick. Working and traveling together, she and Reese become a crackerjack team, but little by little, pleasure mixes with business. For the first time in a long time—maybe ever—Susan feels seen and appreciated for who she is. Certain she would never allow their friendship to cross the line, Susan lets herself stray dangerously close to the edge.
A moment of weakness changes everything. Now, unable to stomach the façade her marriage has become yet unwilling to decimate her family by moving forward with Reese, Susan faces a choice that could cost her everything—including her children . . . but possibly bring her more than she can dream.
Praise for Degrees of Love:
"Slabach crafts a relatable, heartbreakingly real story that will no doubt resonate with those at a similar station in life: women who love their families yet yearn for just a little more—to feel wanted rather than needed, to feel passion rather than complacency. In engaging prose and through skillful storytelling, Slabach captivates with an all-too-familiar story that raises questions with no easy answers."
- Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"This does not read like a debut author’s book. Slabach shows herself to be adept at portraying the complex emotions of the human condition. Her characters live and breathe on the page in a way that every author strives for, but few actually manage. Susan’s struggles ring true, and the way she handles everything makes her a very likable and relatable character."
- Sarah Perry, San Francisco Book Review, 5 Stars
"Profound, heart wrenching and very emotional, it is hard to believe that Degrees of Love is a debut novel by Lisa Slabach. This is one of the best novels I have read this year."
- Rabia Tanveer, Readers' Favorite
To read more reviews, please visit Lisa Slabach's page on iRead Book Tours.
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