I have a three-page, single-spaced list of Recommended Reading, but this book was not on it. I discovered it browsing the library shelves this week. The knitting title caught my eye–I’m a knitter. I had a stack of a dozen books already, what’s one more? Just today I’ve discovered it’s the middle book of a trilogy. Ack! It was the only one on the shelf, and nothing I read on the cover (did I read anything on the cover?) clued me in to this. I’m on page eighty-something, so I’m not going to stop; I’ll just have to read the books out of order.
The good news is, I’m not lost. Until moments ago, I believed it was a stand-alone book. That’s good! Kudos to Ms. Lenhard. It can be a struggle for series writers to not assume previous knowledge of situations and characters, in case something like this happens.