There are certain authors and book series that I just find so comforting. Sometimes I just need a comforting read that helps me see the beauty of simple things... anyone else? In the past I've turned to my childhood favorites and read and re-read L.M. Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madeliene L'Engle (yes, I know, all very predictable but they are classics for a reason!) I no longer really re-read books (other than by those authors) so I'm on the lookout for new authors who evoke those similar feelings in me.
My recent find has been "The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter", an eight-book series by Susan Wittig Albert, set in the time period between the death of Potter's fiance and her eventual marriage. They are charming and have a wonderful sense of place. (Yes- I would LOVE to visit the Lake District one day... so many sights to see, from Potter's home to Ambleside!) What has been surprisingly enjoyable to me has been the emergence of the animals (both pets and wild) who are important characters in her stories. I think as an adult, we need a bit of whimy sometimes!
They are light mysteries, but not really page-turners. But I'm happy to spend a few hours enjoying a story unfolding in Beatrix Potter's world.
Oh, and I just discovered, the author has a charming website dedicated to the series! The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter... off to explore!