–Read It!– Nicole Says…Read These Books

By Nicole McManus

October is National Reading Group Month and also, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The two books below fell perfectly into these categories. Both of these books are about literary romances, one fictional and one about a real couple that touched all of our lives.

Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy (Release Oct. 29, 2019)

by Cassandra King Conroy

Cassandra King was an author and a teacher who enjoyed living in Alabama. When she met Pat Conroy, she became swept up in a literary love story meant for the books. These two authors balanced each other and they cared about the same things, especially family. When he introduced her to the Lowcountry, his passion for this area became hers as well. The Lowcountry lifestyle welcomed her with open arms and this book is not only a journey through her relationship with Pat Conroy, but also how she grew to love her new home in South Carolina. Filled with anecdotes and family tales, as well as food and the majestic scenery, this book is for anyone who loved Pat Conroy or the Lowcountry.

We all know Pat Conroy’s books and numerous readers were able to meet him at book signings. We also love Cassandra King’s books, especially The Sunday Wife. Both of these authors are incredibly talented, but the literary world, especially the Lowcountry, lost an icon back in 2016. Shortly after Pat Conroy died, I heard Cassandra King speak about his final book, A Lowcountry Heart. The love in her eyes and in her voice was obvious, as she reflected on his personality and how he used to interact with each and every reader. Reading this memoir was like reading a personal journal, and it gives us much more insight into their relationship. We all remember Pat Conroy as a literary legend, but he was a father and husband, too. For more on Cassandra King Conroy, please see Leslie Moore’s interview in this issue.

The Wonder of Now (Sanctuary Sound #3)

by Jamie Beck

Peyton Prescott survived breast cancer, and she would love to put the whole thing behind her. However, her brother convinced her to write a memoir, accompanied by his photographs. Now on tour, she must relive every detail, in every European town with no chance of taking some quiet time to recharge. Mitch Mathis has a new PR company that is relying on Peyton’s book to put them on the map. Yet, the more time he spends with her, the more his attraction grows. Will these two opposite souls find common ground? Or will this tour do more harm than good?

Peyton Prescott’s emotional journey of overcoming breast cancer will inspire many women. The honesty and reluctance is very real. Readers will be able to connect with her as they hear her inner thoughts. The European book tour brings the towns to life, so readers will want to pack their bags and plan their next trip.

I have never read anything written by Jamie Beck, and I did not know that this book was number three in a series until I was working on my review. You do not have to read the first two books, in order to fall in love with Peyton. This book was an emotional roller coaster, while almost being a heartwarming travel-memoir. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the real, raw emotions that the author shared through Peyton. I look forward to reading the earlier books by this author.



About this writer

  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at ariesgrlreview.com.

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