The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks- Summary From Amazon- In 1932, two North Carolina teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love. Spending one idyllic summer together in the small town of New Bern, Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson do not meet again for 14 years. Noah has returned from WWII to restore the house of his dreams, having inherited a large sum of money. Allie, programmed by family and the "caste system of the South" to marry an ambitious, prosperous man, has become engaged to powerful attorney Lon Hammond. When she reads a newspaper story about Noah's restoration project, she shows up on his porch step, re-entering his life for two days. Will Allie leave Lon for Noah?
Review- I personally loved this book. The movie is in my top 5, so I had very very high hopes for this book, and it did not disappoint. I tend to enjoy books set in past eras, and I liked that this one flipped from the 1930's and 1940's to present day, and I loved the vivid descriptions. I also loved that it was set in the South, and how pure Noah and Allie's love was. I also really liked Lon, even though I didn't particularly want to. It was hard to choose one favorite character, because I loved them all so much, but I really liked Noah's dad and all of his scenes. This book captured me, and I loved it. A
The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne- Summary From Amazon- Unlike other beauty queens, the Jackson, Miss., Sweet Potato Queens are self-crowned, rule for life (there's no "former" tag for these gals) and are real women?figure flaws and all. Originally organized in 1982, the Queens are, by their own account, "fallen Southern belles" and "female drag queens"?and as such, they are all about attitude and humor. This buoyantly funny guide to life and love is a hoot from the get-go as ringleader Browne offers queenly observations on life's most pressing issues.
Review- This book captured me too, but in a different way. It was so funny, and interesting, and cute. I loved the southern phrases and the great little nuggets of wisdom. The stuff about men was so witty, and I liked the fact that the Sweet Potato Queens are a real organization. I thought the book was a cute, funny guide to life, and it made me want to visit the South even more. It also made me want to know my neighbors and eat fried chicken. It drew me in, and made me jealous of the Sweet Potato Queens, and I was interested. This book was quirky and different, but I'm glad I bought it. A-