“Maggie saw the sunset before she saw the cottage. It stretched across Lake Michigan in a broad sweep of orange and a glowing pink not unlike the colors of her borrowed skirt. Beach clothes, indeed.” Nora Edinger, Dune Girl
Fall is wonderful. Pumpkins. Fuzzy sweaters. Crockpot meals. But, I’m not quite ready to let go of summer.
If you, too, are still thinking waves and fun in the sun, here are a trio of picks to preserve the moment.
- The Patmos Deception, by Davis Bunn, is one of my favorite reads, any time of year. If you’ve never read Bunn’s extraordinarily diverse work, you are in for a treat. This book is a thriller set in the Greek Isles. It’s chock full of deeply-drawn characters, blue-sea bliss, romance, archaeology, mysterious religious relics, smuggling and the clever circumvention of political realities. It’s all there and you’ll feel like you are, too.
- There is, of course, Dune Girl, by Nora Edinger. (Hey, it’s a poor frog that won’t croak for her own pond.) Set in the Indiana Dunes in high summer, this beach read is a contemporary spin on the Old Testament love story of Ruth and Boaz. There’s sand, high surf, romance and a dog with plans of his own. Check out this guaranteed clean read at Amazon Kindle.
- Movie wise, I discovered Roman Holiday just a few weeks ago. Set in Rome, this 1953 film features Audrey Hepburn as a princess on the lam and Gregory Peck as a journalist on the make. Hepburn won an Oscar for her role. The storyline is far too rich to be described as frothy, but the absolutely beautiful film footage and the pair’s adventures scream pure summer.