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Great summer reading

Picture 42Picture 43So, I just read my two favorite books of the summer, or of the year really. If you need a good summer read, (you have a couple weeks left) look no further.

The first book is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
This book is narrated by Enzo, the pet dog of race car driver Denny Swift. As Denny’s life goes through some tragic rough times, it is Enzo that gives us the play by play and, along with it, insight into what it means to live and love. You will laugh, you may cry, and you’ll probably never look at your dog the same way again.
My second recommendation is The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.
This book takes place at an english country estate in the years surrounding World War One. The story, of hidden passions and family secrets, is told in a series of flashbacks by a former servant living on the property, and now a 98 year old living in a nursing home. I loved the time period of the book, reading of the changing morals of the edwardian era giving way to the roaring twenties, and the clothes and the decor of those eras as well. I found it an entertaining story and I liked the ending as well.
Give them a try. Let me know what you think.