Today I am traveling to NYC for the Romance Writers of America (RWA) National Convention! Today's schedule includes:
- flying Columbus-Baltimore-NYC
- lunching with paranormal author Caridad Pineiro
- meeting other bloggers at the hotel bar (where else?!?!)
Speaking of NYC, Reagan Author Books offered me the opportunity to review Elin Hilderbrand's SILVER GIRL - a story of a woman who flees NYC after her husband is arrested for a Ponzi scheme. This is the first women's fiction that I have read in some time ... and a welcome break from the historical romances I typically read.
Meredith Delinn is dogged by reporters and scorned by the public. Knowing her NYC apartment (and its contents) are about to be seized, Meredith calls her childhood friend Connie Fluke for help. Their friendship was challenged throughout Meredith's marriage as her husband drove them apart to climb up NYC's social ladder. As we learn later in the story, Connie's husband suspected fraud and withdrew from Delinn Investments, further straining the women's friendship. Yet Connie responds to Meredith's call and whisks them both away to the Fluke's summer home on Nantucket.
From Ms. Hilderbrand's bio, she and her family live on Nantucket. Ms. Hilderbrand weaves the intimate details of island life into the story as Meredith (a jailhouse widow) and Connie (an actual widow) reconnect as friends while they consider their futures without the men whom they married.
Ms. Hilderbrand drew me into the story by offering both protagonists' perspective of the past and the present. I empathized with Meredith (as she relived her husband's betrayal); I grieved for Connie (as she shared how her husband died from cancer); and I cheered when both found peace at the end of summer.
The story also includes to Toby - Connie's brother and Meredith's high school boyfriend. He provides comfort to Connie and reignites passion in Meredith. Yet both women are able to find solace for themselves. As Connie reflected,
God, human beings were resilient, Connie thought.
They were resilient!
This is a classic beach read for summer vacation. At times, I could not put the book down as I wanted to know what happened in the past to shape future events. I won't reveal those details - especially why the book is named SILVER GIRL - as I believe they would be spoilers. Therefore, I recommend you read this book!
In honor of SILVER GIRL, I am giving away a NYC souvenir to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about summer - do you go to the beach? travel to exotic locations? or finish a special project at home?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, July 2, 2011, 10 pm in Dayton. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 3.
Kim in NYC