This week I have been doing quite a bit of reading. One of life’s greatest pleasures is finding a book that you simply can’t put down. Two novels that I have been reading this week are by Canadian author Steven Benstead. Their titles are The Wooing of a Lady published in 1978 and Driving Blind published in 1998. In both of these novels Mr. Benstead knocks it right out of the park. In The Wooing of a Lady the main character is a young working class man named Jonathon Ryder who is in search of something better for his life. I found that Jonathon is a character that absolutely grabs at your heart. In his early journey through life Jonathon gets into some fascinating situations. I won’t tell you too much about the story as one of the joys of this book is that the reader can’t wait to see what is going to happen next. This novel reminded me a bit of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye a book that I greatly enjoyed reading when I was eighteen years old.
I also read Steven Benstead’s second novel, Driving Blind. This novel is very different from The Wooing of a Lady but is just as riveting. Once the reader gets a few pages into the book they will find it very hard to put down.