Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.
I’m back from Sin City a little poorer, but no worse for the wear. I’m going to kick off my first blogging day back from vacation with one of my favorite books this year, The Headmaster’s Wife. Novels that take place in boarding schools are my kryptonite. I have no idea why because I’ve never attended let alone visited one in my lifetime. Luckily there doesn’t have to be a logic explanation for why we love the books we do.
Arthur Winthrop followed in his father’s footsteps and became the headmaster of the Lancaster School in Vermont after attending the school in his youth. He is proud of his vocation, but there’s something not right with him. He was found walking around Central Park in the winter completely naked. He tells his story after he was picked up and brought in for questioning. From those first moments I was drawn in to his life and had a difficult time leaving when my life invaded. While Arthur seemed to have inherited his father’s talents for running a posh school, those years he spent attending Lancaster while not being among the wealthy never left him. I was aghast at the things he admitted to doing as a result, all the while wondering where his wife was and where exactly she fit into the situation. It was not at all as I had expected. From the moment that started to become clear I read well into the night in order to finish the book. I don’t even remember being tired at all the next day. I was too busy evaluating myself and where I continue to allow insecurity and jealousy to sprout like weeds through what is a full, happy life.
I typically buy eBooks when they’re on sale for less than $3. While I had my eyes on The Headmaster’s Wife before it was published due to my love of boarding school reads, I hadn’t pre-ordered it. When this review came in I immediately bought the eBook at full price. I never once looked back. Why should I? I’ll be reading it again.