Mary Westmacott: Absent in the Spring Sunday, Aug 23 2020 

Agatha Christie wrote six non-crime books under the pen name of Mary Westmacott. Absent in the Spring is the one about which she is quoted as saying:
“The one book that has satisfied me completely–the book I always wanted to write.”

The story is a character study of Joan Scudamore, returning from a visit to her youngest daughter, son-in-law, and baby granddaughter in Iraq. Barbara’s husband works there and the young woman has been ill. Joan rushed out to tend to her daughter, despite the arduous journey to get there.

On the trip home, she finds herself stranded in an isolated rest house by rains that prevent her train from getting through flooded tracks. Forced to have only herself for company, Joan decides to treat the unexpected time alone as a retreat of sorts.

She’s not a person who often pauses to examine her life. Quickly running out of books to read, and soon after, paper to write letters to friends, she takes to wandering in the desert near the rest home and ends up taking a good hard look at herself and her life.

She finds that the person she’s believed herself to be is perhaps not the person she has been, in actuality, to others. With the words of her former headmistress from school running her head, Joan has what could be called an epiphany.

The question remains: what will she do about it?

A completely different kind of book, short and bittersweet, from the woman who is outsold only by Shakespeare and the Bible.

Jacqueline Rohan: How to Marry Your Husband Sunday, Aug 23 2020 

From time to time, Auntie M veers away from crime fiction, and here’s one that’s just the ticket for the long hot days of August, when a smile or giggle will be most welcome.

Jacqueline Rohan’s debut, How to Marry Your Husband, is filled with charm and warmth, the perfect antidote for the ills of today.

Rachel and David have been married for fifteen years, after he swept her off her feet. Then on their anniversary she sees him kissing another woman. Is the marriage over? Should she confront him or try to win him back?

Rachel twists herself in knots trying to decide what to do, before she finally confides in a friend who has more experience with men. She visits a divorce lawyer, only to find out that her marriage may not even be legal.

Now she’s in the unusual position of trying to decide if she wants to marry him legally only to divorce him; to let him go; or to get her revenge. The hijinks she gets up to for revenge are hilarious.

All of this is couched in amongst the usual things readers can identify with: the relationships of those nearest and dearest to us. It doesn’t help that Rachel’s firm as event planners will be called in to plan David’s sister’s nuptials, just as she’s trying to decide if she wants to divorce him or win him back.

This is a very modern book, filled with wit and the kind of visuals that would light up the big screen, the book has been shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award for Romantic Fiction.

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