If you give me a book by Jody Hedlund …

If you give me a book by Jody Hedlund, I will want to start reading it right away. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

If I start reading it right away, I will let the children play anywhere in the house.

If I let the children play anywhere in the house, the house will get messy.

I will feel guilty and want to clean.

I will help them pick up,

Make them dinner,

And put them in bed as early as possible so I can get back to my book.

If the kids are in bed and the house is quiet, I will keep reading.

I will stay up too late.

In the morning, I will need extra coffee to start my day.

If I’m drinking coffee, I will need a book to read.

So I’ll continue reading the new  Jody Hedlund book.


One cup of coffee will turn to two.

And soon it’s midmorning and I haven’t washed a dish or folded a piece of laundry.

I will Tweet the author to tell her my house is being ignored because her book is so good.

She will have no sympathy and tell me I can clean later.

clean later

I will turn on cartoons so the kids will leave me alone to finish the book.

I will set the book down a dozen times near the end to wait on them.

When I read the last word, I will close the book,

And sigh.

I will plunge my hands in the dishwater and feel a sense of loss.

Because if I finish a Jody Hedlund book,

chances are,

I’ll want to read another one.


I received a copy of A Noble Groom from the author in exchange for my review, which you can find here on Goodreads or here on Amazon.


Post written with admiration for Laura Numeroff’s brilliant “If You Give a …” series of books.