My new friend Kim, a kindred spirit I have fondly nick-named, "the provider of all things good" shared an amazing book with me last week. Years ago it was on one of my recommended reading lists, but for whatever reason, I never got around to actually reading it. Well, for two days last week, I spent some magically wonderful moments with the young Cassandra Mortmain, a rising young author. Her essence of youth brings a fresh remembrance of what it was like to be 17 and in love, and confused, and excited over the simplest of pleasures. The book is I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith and it is DEFINITELY a must read. J.K. Rowling says, "This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met." and I have to agree. It was simply charming. It reminds me of a book by Julie Edwards, (or as some may know her, Julie Andrews, or everyone's favorite nanny, Mary Poppins) called MANDY, another delightful summer read. And if you're looking for something else about a young girl's coming-of-age, try UP A ROAD SLOWLY by Irene Hunt. Many thanks to Kim for bringing something deliciously calorie-free to my door! To all my reading friends out there in cyber-space, I am passing the gift on to you. ENJOY!