What was the first book that you transported you to another world? Was there a book you never wanted to put down?
When I was a teen-ager or maybe a little younger, I picked up a magazine, Ladies Home Journal I think, and found a story. As I began to read, my mind traveled to another time and place–eighteenth century England. I could picture the huge house, the servants, the poor young lady hired to be a governess to a wild child. I couldn’t pronounce all the names, but that didn’t stop me from reading. I was so into the story, I couldn’t believe it when I came to the end, but instead of “The End”, the words said, “To Be Continued”. I had to wait another month to read the next part of the story!
I could hardly wait for the next installment. I did find the next issue and read the ending–or it might have been spread over three issues.
Later I found the book in the library. Mistress of Mellyn, by Victoria Holt. An incredible novel for a young girl to read. Once I discovered the author’s name, I read every book she wrote, as the library purchased them. I was hooked forever on reading gothic novels and romantic suspense.
What was the first book to carry you away?