Let me tell you about the day that changed my life.
It was a dreary, rainy Tuesday in February. Our story takes place in London, where February only really comes in dreary and rainy.
I was in no mood to do any work, and neither were the other people in the office. We’d already passed around the emergency box of chocolates, and each person in turn had gotten up and asked “Who’s for a cuppa?”. English office procedures exhausted, in other words.
Nothing helped, because where I really wanted to be was at Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
I minimised the document I was
yawning through working on (Transcript of the Meeting of the Board of Directors), slyly opened my web browser and searched: “books about NOLA or the Bayou”. If you can’t join them, read about them, as I always say.
Goodreads patiently spat out results:
Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts. “Read it, next.”
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett. “Read it, wouldn’t scratch the itch right now.”
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews. “Never heard of this author. Hmm, second in series 🤔. Oh well, it has a wolf in it.”
That was apparently a compelling enough argument for me, because I bought the book on Kindle right then and there.
I started reading on the Tube journey from Hyde Park Corner to London Zone 6 where we lived. My boyfriend recognised the signs and put a pasty in my hand around Hammersmith (yes, he was a keeper; has since become Mr Mod R). It was the only dinner I would have that day. I didn’t surface for air until I finished what would always remain my favourite book by my favourite authors. The rest of the month was a blur that I am sure is familiar to most of the BDH, reading my way through all of the Ilona Andrews books I could get my hands on.
Little did I know that fateful February day that I would get my dream job working for the same amazing authors almost a decade later, and it would be my saving grace in hopefully the worst year any of us will have to live through.
Moral of the story: it’s worth loving something with all you’ve got and always get the book with the wolf in it.
How did you discover IA books?