Ever had a reading block? This was a first time for me. I found myself slowing down on my reading in December but still managed to end with 69 books read for the year. The last one was the latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series entitled "The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine".
Then there was a big pause - a reading block. I tried to pick up several books, started them, but closed them up. Not what I wanted to read. Even another Louise Penny mystery was just not enticing. I went 15 days at least before I felt I could open another book.
To break the block I had to find something light, fluffy, easy to read. I stumbled upon a new book at the library called "Your Heart's Desire" by Melody Carson. Set in post WWII California, it was a love story involving a war widow and the heir apparent of a candy business. Predictable, sappy, light - all of those, but it did the trick and broke the block.
Since reading that I have read another WWII book called "The Dressmaker's War" by Mary Chamberlin. This one was not predictable, not light, not sappy but it drew me in to the heroine's life as a young woman with a dream of owning a house of couture. WWII happened and she accompanied her "love" to Paris despite all the warning flags about him and the brewing conflict. It's quite a gripping story.
Recommendations? If you want a quick fluffy, feel good read, find the first one. If you want to feel what life was like as a prisoner of war, read the second one.