On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman
3 words: witty, light, romantic
We all have go-to comfort authors, and Elinor Lipman has been one of mine since the happy day I discovered her books.
My favorite Elinor Lipman books are her clever romantic comedies–books like The Inn at Lake Devine and The Way Men Act and Then She Found Me.
(Some of her other books involve less likeable characters, and I really gotta like the characters!)
So I was flipped out with happiness when I found out that not only was her latest a romantic comedy, but it also involves real estate. And man do I love reading about houses.
So we had ourselves here the kind of book that made me stay up past my bedtime alarm, reading against the rules.
(Unruly? Heck, yeah!)
In this book, Faith is engaged to a probably-unfaithful loser. She works at a school, where she shares an office with a very nice, very single man. So there we have it.
And while her ne’er-do-well fiance is gallivanting around the countryside, taking selfies with old girlfriends (and new?) Faith buys a house. A darling little cottage of a house. Which she neglects to tell him about. Cuz: dude’s lost the right to know things.
And the house… the house is adorable, but it’s got some baggage.
Then there’s her family. Her dad left her (very calm) mom for another woman, and that’s got the family all in a tizzy. Except for the mom, who appears to be taking it in stride. So Faith and her brother (whose friendship is completely charming) try to figure out how to deal with that.
Throw all of these things into a bowl, stir gently, fold into a pan, and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. The results: utterly delicious.
Give this book a whirl if you like… romantic comedies, books about houses, witty repartee, mysteries from the past, and quirky extended families
So, my friends… Who are your comfort authors?