This weekend I have the pleasure of babysitting my grandchildren. The last time I had an infant that was mine to care for was about 18 years ago. It’s amazing what you forget in those intervening years. My granddaughter is the carbon copy of her mother in certain ways- her distaste for formula being one of those ways. It was a whole lot easier to deal with when I was the “cow” and not the person holding the bottle. This is the second time I have had her for a few days and I thought it would be easier. I forgot how mobility affected the equation,
I had also forgotten how messy preschoolers are. My grandson is speech delayed but one word he knows well is “mess”. I stopped counting after the seventh or so time he yelled it. Thank goodness for hardwood floors.
With all the fuss and mess, I am also reminded how much fun they can be- enjoying a book with me, exploring, playing with trains, laughing and generally being the adorable children they are. I feel both blessed and exhausted.
All of this remembering makes me think of the books I read when I first discovered f/f fiction. I was late to that party and didn’t figure out that it existed until 2012. I know, sheltered… There are so many wonderful new books out all the time that I don’t always have the time to go back and visit those early favorites. These are some of the books that got me hooked on the genre:
JLee Meyer’s books. Forever Found
and Hotel Liaison
are my favorites, but I read all of her books multiple times when I first started reading f/f, even First Instinct, which is a bit more adventurous than my usual. There are scenes from all these books I can still conjure in my mind.
Harmony and then Improvisation by Karis Walsh led me to read through her catalogue multiple times. I love the music in these two books. She also has many books with horse themes, which I enjoy. Her characters are always people I would want to hang out with.
Horse books brings me to D Jackson Leigh. She has a number of wonderful books set in the south with engaging characters and sweet romance. Touch Me Gently is an old favorite there. These books can be counted on to give you great stories with a fantastic setting. Did I mention the horses?
Rum Spring and Murphy’s Law led me to read all of Yolanda Wallace’s books. Rum Spring is especially engaging for its setting in an Amish community and for the richness of the characters. Murphy’s Law made me want to try mountaineering, not a usual interest.
I eagerly read all the new books from these authors, and I need to make time to re-read the old ones.
With all new books it’s easy to overlook older ones. What are your older favorites that you love to recommend?