Grr-argh (sung like the ending credits to a Buffy episode) I just spent the last 20 minutes looking for a book. Not any book, that would be easy, I have scads, heaps, mountains. Nope, I was looking for a particular hardback anthology with a story in it that came to mind when I decided to write a Mother’s Day post. I looked on my upstairs shelves… the fact that this particular book is a special size hardback with a pretty dustcover made it easy to see that it was NOT on the shelves. I went downstairs to search… I remember where it was in my bedroom while I was growing up. For some reason it was under the bed. Don’t ask me why, I really have no idea! It’s not like I was hiding it. I bought when I was a teenager shopping with my dad in 1995, at Sam’s Club! Ha! So I remember where I bought it and where I used to keep it, but unfortunately not where it is in the present. I have books on multiples shelves, books in stacks and the worst part, books in boxes! Part of my goal for The Book Tart is to catalog my books… But I’d rather read them than count them and organize them, which is why it’s nowhere near completion! I want minions to do it for me. Or better yet, single(that’s important :p some of them aren’t available), Mr. Romance cover models, that would get hot and sweaty, scratch that! They might damage my books. So, just warm enough to take off their shirts and move my books around and build me bookshelves. *sigh* A girl can dream…. I decided to check the only part of my collection that is alphabetized to see if by any chance I had the book in paperback too. Wonder of wonders, I do! Yay! *confetti* “A Holiday of Love” anthology with stories from Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux, Arnette Lamb and Jill Barnett. (all excellent! I adore holiday short stories.)
The story by Jude Deveraux is the one that popped into my mind when I wanted to write a blog for Mother’s Day. The title of this short story is Change Of Heart and it’s delightfully fun …. Yes, the heroine is a mom, she’s a nurse. I really loved the relationship between the mother, Randy and her son, Eli. The way Eli goes about matching up his single mom, who loves to read romances, with a proper man, who he thinks will take care of his mother when he goes away to school, is nothing short of creative genius! The story is part of Deveraux’s Montgomery-Taggert series. It’s 87 pages of short, sweet, sexy and laugh out loud fun. I fell in love with all the characters. Randy may be a bit of a daydreamer but she has a core of steal. And Frank Taggert is strong and stubborn and lonely. And Eli, even after 16 years, I remembered that kid. I want him to get his own story. I have read this book a few times over the years. And though I don’t know where my hardback is, I do own 2 copies of the book. If you enjoy funny, sexy contemporary romance, I highly recommend Jude Deveraux.
I’m not sure why this story came to mind first. There are other books with moms as the heroine. And my mom is nothing like the main character in Jude Deveraux’s story. She’s not a single mother. Or a nurse, she always told us if it wasn’t bleeding we were fine! But she is strong and determined like the character Randy… She and my dad have been together for almost 34 years. They have 5 children, I’m the eldest. We were on vacation once and a lady in our hotel looked at my mom and all of us kids and asked if we had the same father! Mom said, We were all the mailman’s kids. Which is true, our dad is a mailman. I’m actually not certain if Mom said that, or just told us she wished she had. My mom is my hero! She raised us 5 kids and taught us to value our relationships with each other. My mother is one of my best friends. And my siblings are too. She made sure we spent time with each other while we were growing up, that activities didn’t pull us away from spending time as a family. To this day, we are more than family, we are close friends. My sisters and brother and I have a weekly conference call to catch up because we live all over the country. I have heard people say that they can’t stand their siblings or they fight with their mom. That’s not my case, I am very blessed and I am so very thankful to her. Read more →