STITCH LINES...... Ramblings on life as a quilter, stitcher, traveler, gardener and lover of books, cats and fine chocolate....
Monday, July 14, 2014
I've been on a reading jag lately. Each summer I always read a few "light" books that I consider "summer reads"... you know - nothing too heavy or "strenuous" on the brain. I would put Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh in this category. It's the story of three women who have all been seduced by and marry the same man, Ken Kimble. First is Birdie who has a problem with alcohol; she is deserted by Ken when their two children are still quite young and Birdie struggles to support the family. Ken moves on (sorry- no pun intended, but yes he IS a "mover") to marry Joan, a wealthy heiress, who is dealing with her own personal problems. Lastly he marries Dinah, a woman half his age, who also has some serious issues of her own. Woven throughout this string of relationships is Ken's son Charlie, and to a lesser extent his daughter, who struggle to deal with their alcoholic mother and a father who has deserted them. Kimble is charismatic, yes. But a wonderful husband and father? No. Yet you keep reading because you just can't figure out what he will do next. Fine literature? No. An entertaining light summer read? Absolutely.
"Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent..." ~ Stephen King