Since it's only July 10, I know it's probably a little early to crown a "favorite summer read," but so far, that coveted title goes to Mia March's new novel, Finding Colin Firth.
Ever read a book where there's such a strong sense of place that you feel like you've been transported there yourself?
Although I've never been to the quaint Maine coastal town where everything's happening in Finding Colin Firth, March manages to make you feel like you belong there, too.
And really, isn't that one of the many joys of reading? Without leaving the comfort of your favorite chair, sofa, wherever, you can escape to somewhere new.
Not surprisingly, I've always wanted to visit Maine for all the usual reasons (the out-of-this-world lobster, for one), but after reading Finding Colin Firth, I'm ready to make my way to Boothbay Harbor now—a sure sign the author did her job exceptionally well.
In addition to the breathtaking scenery, what also hooked me almost immediately was the array of fascinating, multi-dimensional characters. Unlike so many books I've read where I could've cared less about what happened to the protagonists (sad but true), you find yourself thoroughly invested in Bea, Veronica and Gemma's well-being.
In fact, the story reminded me of one of my favorite movies that March references, Love Actually (starring Firth, of course). In the same way the characters' stories criss-crossed, overlapped and intersected in such intriguing ways on the big screen, there are many universal points of resonance in Finding Colin Firth that can't help sticking with you.
See, on paper, these women really couldn't be more different in terms of age, income and life experience, but strangely enough, they share so many similar struggles that play out in memorable and meaningful ways. Without spoiling the fun for anyone who plans on reading, I'll spare you the plot specifics. Still, it wouldn't hurt to have tissues nearby...just sayin'.
In short, reading Finding Colin Firth (and yes, Mr. Darcy himself plays a key role in the story) has many rewards, including mouthwatering descriptions of pies so heavenly that I'd recommend not indulging on an empty stomach.
Yes, I actually found mine growling on several occasions (I think the salted caramel cheesecake was the true tipping point). If only I'd had one of Veronica's magical elixir pies nearby...yes, I believe that would've done the trick.