RYSA WALKER grew up on a cattle ranch in the South. Her options for entertainment were talking to cows and reading books. (Occasionally, she would mix things up a bit and read books to cows.) On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stop light.
When not writing, she teaches history and government in North Carolina, where she shares an office with her husband, who heroically pays the mortgage each month, and a golden retriever named Lucy. She still doesn't get control of the TV very often, thanks to two sports-obsessed kids.
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- Ridley House
on March 11, 2013
Snazzy! Ridley House is the Cat's Meow
A cold, dreary weekend always makes me want to curl up on the couch with a cup of Earl Grey and a good mystery. If there's a bit of history and humor thrown in, so much the better. Ridley House, the new book by Willa Jemhart, (author of the Garnet Trilogy), was just the ticket.
The characters were vividly portrayed, especially the protagonist, nineteen year old Kay, whose odd quirks and anachronistic phrases give the reader just enough hint that she's a fish out of water. Kay has no memory of the first nineteen years of her life, but she is irresistably drawn toward the country inn, Ridley House, at which she's taken a summer job. In short order, Kay learns that her past is intricately linked to the Ridleys and begins a journey of discovery that leads her to Josh--a guy who stirs up some passionate memories and makes her want a deeper relationship. That, however, is going to be tough to accomplish -- whenever Josh comes near, Kay inexplicably shies away from anything more intimate than holding hands. It's not that she doesn't want to kiss him--she just can't. As with most romances, I was pretty sure where the story was going to end up, but there are some unexpected twists and turns along the way that kept me entertained.
Although not specifically aimed at the young adult audience, this would be an excellent book for YA readers. There are splashes of information about the 1930s, but the history never overwhelms the mystery and Kay's romantic roadblocks keep the story PG.