Dear Great Book Guru, I am looking forward to Sea Cliff’s Warm Up on Friday night May 1. I hear there will be restaurant specials, great street music, and many shops will be staying open late. For the rest of the weekend, I would like to settle down with good book. Any thoughts? Swinging into Spring
Dear Swinging into Spring, I read a very good book a few weeks ago : THE PAYING GUESTS by Sarah Waters. Set in London shortly after the end of World War I, this novel transforms from a 1920’s period piece, to a sensual romance, to a crime thriller,to a murder mystery, and finally culminating in a tension packed courtroom drama – all in less than 400 pages. “Paying guests” is a euphemism for lodgers- the Wray family have fallen on hard times and taking in boarders is the only way they can survive. The young couple Lily and Len Barber are slightly below the Wrays in very class conscious British society, but then again Frances Wray is scrubbing floors in her family’s large ancestral home- the home which a short time ago was staffed with a cook, servants, and driver. When the two women fall in love, everything changes – romance, intrigue, mystery, and suspense fill the pages. In the final quarter of the book, Frances faces a huge moral dilemma that works its way out in the British court systems with an unexpected but satisfying resolution. Highly recommended!