Yesterday, I received a lovely surprise in the mail: the two books in Susan Kaye’s Frederick Wentworth, Captain series, None But You and For You Alone with a beautiful Christmas card. Because she and Laura Hile live on the west coast and I am in the southeast, we have never met, though we hope to correct that grave circumstance next summer.
The best kind of Christmas present is an unexpected gift and, at the same time, something a person will cherish. I have Susan’s books on Kindle, but I didn’t have print copies. There’s just something wonderful about holding that weight in your hand, turning the pages as you read, and marking the spot for your return when you must get something else done. I read these books several years ago, and I’m looking forward to enjoying them again before the new year.
Susan and Laura will laugh at me, but I enjoy their Persuasion variations more than the original Austen. Susan’s characters are developed more to my taste, and Laura makes a minor character, Elizabeth Elliot, the main character of her three Mercy’s Embrace books.
If you have a reader on your Christmas list, consider giving her (or him) copies of these books. You really should buy the series, though; otherwise the recipient will simply have to buy the other books herself.
Thank you so much, Susan, for your thoughtful gift!