Ever picked up a new author, or had a good friend hand over a book she read in, like, a night, saying, "Oh my gosh, you've gotta read this. You've just gotta," and, of course, you do? And, yes, you love it--the plot, the prose, dialogue, and wit. Everything. Delicious writing brilliance at its best. The kind of which, if you're a writer, stews instant and insane jealousy.
Right, I'm sure we all have.
Last year some time, or it could've been earlier--baby brain has a way of robbing memory, just so you know--my CP handed over a nicely worn paperback entitled All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins.
"But I don't read contemporary," I protested, tucking my Regency historical closer to my breast.
"Yeah, I know, but...you'll like this one. I promise." Or something to that effect. "Just read it. Tell me what you think."
Two days later, as my husband was driving me to the airport--indeed, it was last year; March, to be exact--I finished the last chapter with an enthusiasm I can only compare to a kid thumbing through the Sears catalog at Christmas time.
And, yes, I'm well aware kids don't do that anymore, but you get the idea.
I love this woman. She's funny, witty. Master at first person and fast writer; you can dash through numerous chapters before you even know what hit ("Wow, I'm already on ten!"), because the eagerness to know what happens next has completely overtaken you. By the end, you're satisfied, smiling, reaching for a piece of chocolate or a savory cup of coffee, and you're thinking to yourself, "Why doesn't everyone read romance?" Because romance like this, folks, done and dolled up with all the smarts of an author passionate about her craft, tips the literary scale in my book.
|New York Times and USA Today|
Bestselling Author Kristan Higgins
Needless to say, I've just sent Ms. Higgins's complete book list to the old work email and plan on hitting the store at lunch.
Has there ever been an author with whom you fell in love so fast and so hard, you simply had to read everything they'd written? And if so, who? And while you're at it...why? What makes them so special to you?
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,