Your secret favorites?

Your secret favorites?

turn-up-heatI was re-reading my “Gift of the Magi” story last night (TURNING UP THE HEAT). My husband drove off with my iPad in his car and I discovered that I had some books loaded on my phone but they were all mine, so I started re-reading this one.

I always thought the motto of this story is this O Henry quote:

“And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house.”

Only now it is ten years later, and they have been doing that for ten years, sacrificing who they are to be who they think the other person needs them to be. And they need a re-set.

I just love this clueless, determined, love-filled couple so much. It’s one of my favorite stories of mine, but in that odd way that sometimes happens to writers, where it’s like a little secret we have among the “bigger” (and longer!) books that have been more popular with readers. One of those stories that don’t work for everybody, but it works just right for you.

Do you have that, as readers? A favorite book by an author that is like your secret favorite, when all your reader friends prefer her other books? Or as an author, a secret favorite?

Here’s the ending of the O Henry quote, which is important, too, but in my story with some nuance:

“But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.”

Happy start of the Holidays to all of you celebrating! We did our local Santa Train last night and are ready for the season! How about you?

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  • In the words of Rod Stewart: ‘The first cut is the deepest’ – first romances have a tendency to be just that little bit extra special. I have two firsts: Elizabeth Lowell’s Only His (the ‘good’ hero) and Anne Stuart’s Nightfall (the ‘dark and twisted’ hero). Both have an <4 star rating on Goodreads but count among my most frequent rereads. Also, Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey because it has the most hilarious banter.
    For books as an author: my most beloved tends to be the one I'm writing at the moment. Right now that's The Zodiac Heir.
    Happy holidays. ⛄️

    December 2, 2016 at 9:33 pm
  • katje
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    I love this couple so much too, I think they possibly rank amongst the top three of your couples. There’s the growly one, the silent one, and oh but I love these two and I’ve often wished to see more of their renewed happily ever after. As I might have said to you before – I just love these stories which poke into the happily ever after and shows how it still needs work, still needs all of the grand gestures of before, and perhaps needs them more than ever as time erodes all.

    January 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm

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