Five Sizzling Summer Reads

Here are some great reads to get you through the last few weeks of summer! The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows Refusing to marry according to her senator father’s wishes before taking a job with the Federal Writer’s…

The Life Boat by Charlotte Rogan

What would you do if you were stranded on a boat with 39 fellow passengers from a shipwreck and then convicted of murder after being rescued? Grace Winter is only twenty-two, both newly married and then quickly widowed, when the…

Matadora

Matadora by Elizabeth Ruth

I was hoping that I would enjoy this book—and I did.  It was well written and I liked the topic of a woman trying to find her calling in a sport that is traditionally and primarily dominated by men.  It…

Cookbook Collector

The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

I found this novel very interesting because it involved mixing the past with the future, by balancing rare books with technology. Who would think that both could be featured seamlessly in the novel together?  It takes place before, during, and after September 11, 2001. …

Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

In a quiet town of Britain, Louisa Clark is twenty-six and has just found out that she is out of a job.  She still lives with her parents, as she is the main person who is supposed to support them….

The Imposter Bride

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler

There are so many questions going through one’s mind when one finds out that their mother left them when they were just a helpless baby.  The reasons for abandoning children are unfortunately wide and varied, but there is always, ultimately pain…

Dancing Lessons

Dancing Lessons by Olive Senior

There is so much meat in this book for group discussions that I was rather surprised and disappointed when I could not find any reader’s guide for a book club. This was a feel-good story, despite the disheartened past of the main character, Gertrude…

Love Anthony

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

No loving mother would want to see her children in a difficult situation or having a condition that was detrimental to their quality of life. Olivia is faced with grief every day from her autistic boy’s death and wonders what…

The Good Daughters

The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard

This novel is great for group discussions.  Maynard has the skill to write about family issues right where it hurts.  The story revolves around two girls who were born in the same town, on the same night and in the same hospital.  They…

The Virgin Cure

The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

There was a time when virgin women were considered the cure for a man who was afflicted with syphilis or “the pox”.  It was an unfortunate myth that put many innocent young ladies at risk for their own health and lives.  The…

Book Russian Winter

Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

This book by Daphne Kalotay is one of my favorites.  It is her debut novel and I need to say that she has started on the right track.  There are secrets, romantic relationships and unfortunate misunderstandings.