Long story short:
Someone at work collects other people’s used books, puts them out on a bookshelf for awhile, then donates the leftovers to hospitals, etc. (Ebayers, don’t start salivating. We’re talking 99% paperback crap here – bad romances, third rate courtroom dramas, etc.)
I’m ashamed to say that, in a moment of weakness and in need of momentary escape from work, I borrowed a book off her desk before she had even seen it and skimmed the first 20 pages or so to give my brain a chance to reset. (She was out of work that day, and someone had dropped it off in her absence.) It wasn’t anything I would ordinarily have read; it was a fairly chunky paperback romance novel with a very pretty floral cover and it had to do with an unnaturally sweet-natured teenager (and future heiress), her new stepmother and stepsister (both of whom she adored almost at first sight, despite having had them sprung on her by daddy with virtually no warning) and a budding attraction to a (what else?) stable boy. In the brief section which I read, we learned that the young woman loves horses but prefers feeding apples to them to riding them. She also has a lively pillow fight with her new stepsister, and tells off her snooty friends for picking on said sister’s lack of sophistication.
Well. I thought I put the book back on co-worker’s desk after skimming it, but it was gone when she got back to work the next day, and I have no idea where it went. Maybe someone else borrowed it, but I have a guilty conscience. I have no idea who the author was or what the title was, because I usually don’t read this kind of book and didn’t even notice.
Does anyone out there read this kind of book? Do you have any idea which book this might have been, so that I can buy it and replace it? I have transgressed mightily, and fear a visit from Terry Tate, Office Linebacker. Thanks so much.