Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.
A Perfect Explanation by Eleanor Anstruther
Why I have it: Because of Lizzy’s recommendation.
Summary: Broken by postpartum depression and overwhelmed by a loveless marriage, an aristocratic woman abandons her family and her money in search of a life she can claim as her own. Things don’t go smoothly – she sells her son to her sister for £500, and a court case follows. Sounds preposterous but it’s based on a true story.
I’m thinking: Yes – truth is stranger than fiction.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Why I have it: Spotted in Margaret’s Six Degrees chain.
Summary: Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Her cells – taken without her knowledge – became one of the most important tools in medicine. Henrietta’s were the first ‘immortal’ human cells grown in culture and decades after her death, the cells are still being used.
I’m thinking: Yes – fascinating story.
Gossip by Beth Gutcheon
Why I have it: Spotted in Annabel’s Six Degrees chain.
Summary: Loviah ‘Lovie’ French owns a boutique in Manhattan, and is renowned for her sophistication and charm. Her two best friends, Dinah and Avis, love her to bits however it’s not a happy trio – a decades old slight between Dinah and Avis has festered.
I’m thinking: No – it’s a style thing (which is why I read samples!).