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Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Reading

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.


Peace,
Linda

"Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent..." ~ Stephen King

7 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Yay! I have this book in my stack from the library right now. I guess I'll have to put it on the top of the stack! Hugs, Diane

Anonymous said...

"Faith" and "The Condition" by the same author, Jennifer Haigh, are both excellent! We did them in my book club -- and there is much to think about and discuss. I really like this author. I've read "Mrs. Kimble" too. Haigh wrote "Baker Towers" which I've read as well, though I have not rated it as highly as I did Faith and The Condition. Check these two out -- you will like them. Jeanne Kaye

Anonymous said...

"Faith" and "The Condition" by the same author, Jennifer Haigh, are both excellent! We did them in my book club -- and there is much to think about and discuss. I really like this author. I've read "Mrs. Kimble" too. Haigh wrote "Baker Towers" which I've read as well, though I have not rated it as highly as I did Faith and The Condition. Check these two out -- you will like them. Jeanne Kaye

Vee said...

Well after all that bailing, you did have some time over the past while. Wonder what else you read...

Janet said...

Sounds like fun! I will see if I can find it.

Julie said...

I have seen this book in my library - I might just have to get it out next time. Thanks for the review:)

Sheryl S. said...

Wish I had time to read. I downloaded audio books to listen to while sewing but somehow i can't get used to this method and prefer the book in my hands.

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