Last week I spent my free time in the company of two excellent novels. The first, I Always Loved you, written by Robin Oliveira, tells the story of the relationship between artists Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. It's a riveting fictionalized account that contains some of the best rendering of human emotion that I've read in a long time. The other, Once We Were Brothers, by Ronald H. Balson, takes the reader from the present day back to World War II Poland. It has much to say about the decisions we make during our lives.