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Connections: September 17, 2008

September 17, 2008

As expected, I finished Tribute last night, and, as expected, I loved it right to the end. I will definitely own a copy — I can’t not have it to own.

I went pawing through my TBR (to-be-read) pile afterwards, looking for the next read. I’m on vacation, so reading is a huge part of my day. (In fact, it’s one of the things I was most looking forward to doing.) I thought I was going to pick another Nora Roberts book — in fact, I pulled out the Key trilogy — but in the end, I went back to an old favorite, Kathleen Gilles Seidel’s More Than You Dreamed.

One of the things I love about KGS’s early 90s romances is that they involve works of art that become real in my imagination. In Always, it was a TV soap opera. In More Than You Dreamed, it’s a 1940s movie, Weary Hearts, set in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. The heroine, Jill Casler, is the daughter of the movie’s screenwriter, William “Cass” Casler; the hero, Doug Ringling, is the nephew of the movie’s three stars: Bix Ringling, Charles Ringling, and Alice Burchell Ringling. The plot revolves around a mystery about the filming of Weary Hearts that Jill and Doug have to solve.

That only touches on all the stuff that goes on in the story. The thing is, I feel as if I’ve seen Weary Hearts; I can just about picture the scenes described in the novel.

One interesting thing that I just realized: both Tribute and More Than You Dreamed involve movie stars and the Shenandoah Valley. It’s the only thing the two books have in common, but it’s still kind of interesting that I picked one to follow the other.

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