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My husband laughs at me because I like to read what I call “mind candy.” While the occasional thriller or mystery are fun to read, my preference is usually the type of books that have a happy ending. A fairytale ending isn’t necessary, but I get enough of real life thankyouverymuch. It’s nice to have a dose of candy land every once in a while. Generally my favorite books have a sigh-worthy ending, the kind that makes me close the book and smile. I mean, really, what was the likelihood that Bella would come out of that fight with the Volturi completely unscathed? Zero. But that’s the way I like it. Do you prefer books about “real” life or those with a sugarcoated feel?
Recently as I read Summer of Joy by Ann H. Gabhart, I realized how jaded my viewpoint toward books can be. This is a perfectly good story with very “real” characters. Living in smalltown Kentucky during the 1960’s wasn’t likely to be very thrilling. The book isn’t either, but that’s probably the point. The book is the third in the Hollyhill series and it’s the first of the series that I’ve read. Although it’s suggested as a standalone, I strongly recommend reading the first books if you want to get a feel for the characters. While the background story is given, I never fell in love with the family the way I wanted to. Most family books grab me from the start, but I never had a connection with the characters in this story. Gabhart gives a true picture of what life was like to be a PK (preacher’s kid) back in the day. Her descriptions were spot-on as she wrote of small engagement rings, clumsy middle-aged men, and kids getting frustrated with unfair teachers. Maybe sometime I’ll go back and read the other Hollyhill stories. For now, though, I think I’ll stick with my shiny happy books that can’t possibly be real.