3 purple lies

Summer Read 2

This past weekend I polished off my second read for the summer: Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve.  This is a novel I've read countless times (usually at the beginning of every summer) because of the fantastic job Shreve does at painting a picture of life in the early 20th century.  The protagonist,  Olympia is a 15 year old girl and just on the edge of being not a kid but not yet a woman.  Hey- isn't that a Britney song?  Anyway, she spends her summer at her family's cottage in Fortune's Rocks and experiences lust, love and all the good things in between.  Of course there is scandal and even some historical background to make you feel like you're just  a little bit smarter because you read this book. Or something like that.
It's a big book to get through but definitely worth your while if you feel like remembering what it felt like to fall in love for the first time.
When I was looking for images of the book cover for this post, I came across a couple pages documenting the history of the actual Fortune's Rocks.  Très interesting, even when my brain is turned off! And then I found a link to this house that I think I may move to so that I can read the book while living also in Fortune's Rocks.

But in reality, this is what my summer reading abode looks like:

Well, best get back to book numero trois....which should also be just as steamy....