Raise your hand if you are surprised I actually remembered to come back and tell you how this story played out? AND that I've got another book review?
I don't blame you, I'm kind of surprised too, if the truth be told.
Turns out the AC was not dead dead (yet). The service technicians said they would be out between 8-11 am this past Monday (of course). They showed up around 8:20 am and were in and out of here in less than five minutes. Turns out the capacitor (look at me acting like I know what that is!) needed to be replaced. They had the part on the truck, took the old one off, plugged the new one in and here we are - fully air conditioned.
Although, thanks to our sweet neighbor's willingness to share their fans/stand alone and window units; we were never in any actual discomfort.
But still, the demise of the AC is a cloud on the horizon - but we won't worry about it for now.
The Orphan Collector: A Heroic Tale of Survival During the 1918 Influenza Pandemic by Ellen Marie Wiseman.
Stellar reading...if you are into reading about a previous pandemic all while living through an actual, current day pandemic (or two - if you count monkeypox; which honestly, just HOW much do we have to deal with at one time?).
I'm not even going to post the whole description (which you can find in that link up there). Just remember how terrifying the beginning of our current day pandemic was. We had no idea - should we be washing our groceries? Should we touch the mail? Every person we came across could be harboring disease. That is exactly how this story unfolds - they are afraid and with good reason.
The story centers around a thirteen year old girl and a bitter, grief stricken woman and how their lives tragically intersect over and over through the years.
I found and read this book through Prime Reading (which, if you aren't familiar, if you have a Prime account there are books that you can read for free on a device with a Kindle or Kindle app - or you can actually buy a copy. Or check with your local library) and read this on a device - which I normally don't prefer but it comes in handy every once in a while. And I tore through this "book" (can I call it a book if I didn't physically hold it?) and was so invested in the story that I regaled The Husband with the plot over lunch one day - and the kicker? He actually listened and found it fascinating.