#38 Pomfret Towers by Angela Thirkell. Every time I read one of these, I tell ya'll to go out and get them. Romance with an undertone of irony. And some of the funniest things I've read, said in such a dry way that you aren't sure you should laugh or not. Perfect summer read--the young and shy heroine goes to a weekend at Pomfret Towers and is swept off her feet by the bad boy Julian--only to have everything come round right at the end. Thirkell is sweet but never cloying--there's too much edge for that. But I like books where everything turns out right--especially in the summer.
***** out of 5 (I love her! What can I say?)
#39: Lord Peter by Dorothy Sayers. A compilation of all 20 of the Lord Peter Wimsey short stories. I like Sayers as a mystery writer--she plays fair and knows her stuff. And the fact that she can make me love a man who wears mauve silk pajamas? Well, that takes a master.
**** out of 5 just because I like novels better than short stories
#40: Three Philosophies of Life by Peter Kreeft. I'm dealing with this one in more detailed entries over the next few days. 'Nuff said.
***** out of 5 This one'll stay on my shelves for a long time.
#41: The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini. Oh, how I love my swashbucklers! This one is the story of the Cornish gentleman (well, sort of gentleman) Sir Oliver Tressilian, and how he takes the blame for his brother's indiscretion, loses the woman he loves, gets sold into slavery, becomes a galley slave, becomes a Muslim pirate and then finds his love again......OK, so it sounds far-fetched when you write it like that, but DANG! I LOVED IT!
****1/2 out of 5 I might have liked this one even better than Captain Blood.