Books that changed my life
The books that changed my life . . .
Gone With the Wind. I discovered it when I was about twelve and I just couldn’t put it down. I was completely mesmerized by Katie Scarlett O’Hara (which explains why my daughter’s name is Katie Scarlett). She was the first flawed and imperfect heroine I’d seen to that point in my reading world. The book is actually different from the movie – Scarlett has a baby with her first husband named Beau but in the film, that’s Melanie’s son. Little things like that. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t watch the movie regularly, in fact, I’ve blown through a tape and two DVDs so far. And who can forget Rhett? He’s heroic and flawed all at once but you find his flaws sexy as the story progresses. And his deep love for Scarlett just makes him all the more appealing.
The second keeper on my shelves that I read regularly is Jane Eyre. It was my introduction to romantic suspense. Yes, it had some creepy in it but the interplay between Jane may be the earliest feminist out there. She was vulnerable but never scared of Mr. Rochester and she took matters into her own hands. She walked away from true love not as a victim, but as a strong, independent woman who wouldn’t compromise on her principles. Of course it has a happy ending. But that’s what romantic suspense is all about.
So what are your favorite reads?