A quick book review today.. Traveler's Rest by Ann Tatlock is an easy read - perfect for when you want something fairly "light" that you can enjoy without a great deal of concentration. This is the story of a young couple, Jane and Seth, who are engaged to be married, until he returns home from military service in Iraq a quadriplegic. He wants her to go on with her life and forget him, feeling his life is now over and that he has nothing to offer her. But Jane is determined to honour her commitment to him, and although he seems ready to give up on them and on life, she is not. With the help of a retired doctor who volunteers at the Veterans Medical Center where Seth is in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Jane works through her conflicting emotions and the decision of whether to stick with Seth despite his protests or move on with her life. There's an interesting twist near the end that I didn't see coming... Not in my Top10 all time favs, but fine if you're looking for a quick and easy read...
"What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree, with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny, dark squiggles. But one glance at it, and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millenia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic." ~ Carl Sagan