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Magic Lessons, by Alice Hoffman
This novel is the beginning to the Practical Magic story, tracing the centuries old curse of the Owens women back to its start. Maria Owens’ story begins when she is an infant, abandoned in a snowy forest in England in the 1600’s left to die. She is found and raised by Hannah Owens who teaches her magic. It is here that Maria learns the rules of magic and lessons she will carry the rest of her life. A story of life, love, and family. It is storytelling at it’s finest.
To Tell You The Truth, by Gilly MacMillan
A suspenseful thriller about a missing child and about the life of a writer. In this twisty thriller, MacMillan blends tarnished memories, past mysteries, and secrets. This story focuses on Lucy Harper a famed mystery writer and her husband Dan who is also a writer but his writing has gone nowhere until he vanishes… This is not the first person to go missing in Lucy’s life. Her little brother Teddy went missing 20 years ago, which was the start to her storytelling. A fantastic read!
The Book of Lost Names, by Kristin Harmel
From the author of The Winemaker’s Wife, comes a new historical fiction novel of WWII. It focuses on love, loss, courage, and the resilience of the human spirit. A young Polish-French Jewish girl, Eva, flees Paris to a remote mountain village in the free zone. Eva learns the art of forgery, making false documents for Jewish children fleeing to Switzerland. An unforgettable heartfelt novel keeping you turning the pages until the very end! I loved this book!
The Guest List, by Lucy Foley
An exclusive wedding on a remote Irish island. What could go wrong?…
Everyone has a secret, and everyone has a motive. Someone won’t be leaving this wedding alive! A great thriller, you won’t figure it out! Great beach read!
Seven Lies, by Elizabeth Kay
It all started with a lie. A chilling story of what happens when friendship becomes obsession. One lie leads to another and another…where does it end? A debut novel, a page turning thriller!
The Book of Longings, by Sue Monk Kidd
Sue Monk Kidd is back with an amazing story! This novel plays with the idea of “what if Jesus did have a wife?” “How would they have met?” “What would her life have been like?” This is an unforgettable story of Ana a young girl living in the 1st century struggling to have a voice during a time where women did not have a say or any rights. If you read one book this year, this should be it! So well written and well researched. Such a fabulous story I could not put down!
The Operator, by Gretchen Berg
If you are looking for that gem of a book…this is it!!!
In a small town in the early 1950’s where everyone knows everyone elses business, Vivian works as a switchboard operator at Bell the local phone company. She is responsible for connecting calls. One cold December night she eavesdrops in on a call that involves her family. It sets in motion a series of events in which the town will never forget! Absolutely ADORED this book!
The Boy from the Woods, by Harlan Coben
Thirty years ago a young boy is found alone deep in the woods. How long was he in the woods?? No one knows.
Now, two teenagers are missing and Wilde, the boy who was lost in the woods thirty years ago, must be the one to enter the woods and search for them.
So many twists and turns! I just love Harlan’s thrillers!
The Woman in the Mirror, by Rebecca James
I just love a good gothic thriller! A stunning old mansion, enchanting children, and a mysterious master of the house. In 1947 Alice Miller takes a job as a governess at Winterbourne Hall in the English countryside. She has agreed to take care of two twin children who lost their mother and also their previous governess, leaving Winterbourne and its secrets shrouded in mystery.
Present day Rachel Wright, a New York art gallery curator has learned that she is a descendant of the de Gray’s and heir to the Winterbourne mansion. Could this be the key to unravel the mystery of where she came from?
A tragic legacy borne from greeed. deceit, and twisted by madness. This book will pull you in and slowly chill you. I loved it!
Big Lies in a Small Town, by Diane Chamberlain
North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, a young artist at the time wins a contest and is chosen to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, NC. The mural is to capture the history and essence of the town.
North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher took the fall for a crime she did not commit. A visitor to her at prison makes her an offer she can’t refuse. The offer requires that she come to Edenton and restore an old mural that was supposed to hang in the post office. She has no restoration experience, but wants her freedom. As layers of grime come off of the painting it reveals a story of a small town riddled with lies. What happened to Anna Dale and the painting that was supposed to hang in the post office? What a great read! Loved it!
The Girls With No Names, by Serena Burdick
Set in New York City in the early 1900’s, a coming of age story of two sisters Luella and Effie, who are wealthy young women realizing there are limits to their freedom. Luella discovers a secret about their father and she mysteriously disappears. Effie is determined to find her sister. She fears that she was sent to the “House of Mercy”, a place where wayward girls were sent. This is a story about family, and the courage and hope to keep on going. This novel is filled with historical facts about life in a workhouse for wayward girls. The question you will be wondering is; Where is Luella and can Effie find her? I loved it!
The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg
The newest novel by Elizabeth Berg- What starts off as a supper club to share good food, good wine, and good friends suddenly changes when someone reveals something intimate, something startling, more like a confession. Now the group meets once a week to share a meal, but they also have to confess something like an embarrassing moment or a regret. This was a heartwarming and heartbreaking read. I loved every character in this book! A MUST read!
A Stranger On The Beach by Michele Campbell
Caroline Stark seems to have it all- The perfect husband, the perfect family, and they just finished building the perfect beach house. Then, she meets a stranger on the beach and things quickly start to unravel. With lies, obsession, and revenge this book will keep you guessing all the way to the last page! A twisted new thriller, great for beach reading! Loved it!
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
Shana wakes up one morning to her sister sleepwalking, but it is much worse. She won’t wake up. It’s as if she s being drawn or pulled to somewhere, and the other sleepwalkers join in on this pattern. It starts with 4 people, and then turns to hundreds. This epidemic spreads terror. While the CDC is trying to unravel the mystery of this, will society breakdown? Fans of Stephen King will love this novel!
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Jules Larson has a new job as an apartment sitter at the famed, oldest, most glamorous building in Manhattan, the Bartholomew. To her, it sounded like a dream job, but the catch was that the job requires all employees follow all the rules such as; absolutely no visitors, no interactions with the residents, and no nights spent away from the Bartholomew! When one of the apartment sitters mysteriously disappears, deep secrets start to come out. A dark history of the Bartholomew starts to come into view, always hidden behind its gleaming facade. A page turner/thriller that is great for the beach!
Bethlehem by Karen Kelly
A debut novel told in alternating times of the 1960’s and back to the 1920’s. Inspired by the founding family of Bethlehem Steel. A story of family bonds, love , love lost, temptation, and powerful lifelong secrets. At the sudden death of her father-in-law, Joanna Parrish and her two children move into the family home with her mother-in-law. Two very complex women are thrown together in the name of family. What a gem of a book!
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe
A bewitching story of a New England Professor, Connie Goodwin, who is a direct descendant of Deliverance Dane who was tried as a witch in Salem. Now Connie’s fiance Sam’s life might be in danger from a century old curse. A fun summer read!
The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali
A novel set in Iran in 1953. A tender story of first love, loss, and fate decades later. Roya, a young girl, finds a quiet escape at a little stationery book shop. There she meets Bahman her first love. Just after their engagement party he disappears. Now 60 years later fate leads them together…does she have the courage to ask why he left? A beautiful story!
The First Mistake by Sandi Jones
A psychological thriller…There’s the wife- Alice who is happily married to her second husband, has a thriving business, and 2 children. The husband- Nathan forever lives in the shadows of Alice’s first husband who died suddenly. The best friend- Beth, Alice’s best friend has been there through the ups and downs of Alice’s life, but has she really? This book has so many twists and turns that will keep you guessing! A great summer thriller to sit down at the beach with!
Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera
Set in South Carolina, 1924. The south is recovering from a boll weevil infestation, devastating the economy. The lives of three very different women are about to intersect in unexpected ways. I loved this book! Deb Spera will be here for a moveable feast and book signing June 14th! I highly recommend reserving a spot!
The Song Of The Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning
A beautiful story of friendship, motherhood, and the price of love. A historical novel of Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai in WWII. The Bernfeld family flees Austria in 1939 to Shanghai. In 2016 Alexandra, the granddaughter of the Bernfeld family, goes to Shanghai to piece together her family history where secrets are revealed. A beautiful story of life, love, family secrets, and survival.
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
A three generation family saga of family secrets and past mistakes that ripple throughout the generations. If you are looking for that great summer book, this is it! Absolutely loved it!
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon
A young couple wants a simpler life, so they move to the woods of Vermont and build their dream house. However, they build it on land that has a dark past. Part thriller, part murder mystery, and part ghost story. A great spooky read!
The Red Daughter by John Burnham Schwartz
Based on an actual historical event; the defection of Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva to the U.S in 1967. With many years of research and personal papers, the author takes us on an unforgettable journey of Svetlana running from her father’s brutal legacy and her search of a new life.
The Binding by Bridget Collins
A historical, Gothic tale of mystery, enchantment, forbidden love, and the life changing power of books. Imagine you could erase grief. Imagine you could remove pain. Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret…forever. Truly spellbinding.
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
A historical fiction novel set on the Korean island of JeJu during the 1930’s, 1940’s, WWII, The Korean War, and present day. A beautiful story of two women’s friendship and the larger forces that shape and define their friendship. A story of the haenyeo women known as the fierce female divers of the JeJu Island and their unforgettable history. One of Lisa See’s best!
Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
A wonderful novel telling the story behind The Wizard of Oz. The story is told from the authors wife, Maude Brown, in Hollywood 1938 where she goes to the movie set to make sure they film the story true to the book. Maud reminiscences about her and Frank’s life and how The Wizard of Oz came to be. A fabulous book about one of my all time favorite movies!
At The Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino
Based on a haunting true story: Germany 1943 a young woman named Rosa along with nine other women are chosen to be Hitler’s tasters. Two times a day they are taken to secret headquarters known as “The Wolf’s Lair” to taste Hitler’s food, being forced to eat something that may or may not kill them. A compelling, unsettling read of survival, guilt, hunger, and love.
The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
This novel is an unforgettable story of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace, the duties we resent, and how we can lose and sometimes rescue the ones we love. A story of four siblings and the tribulations they go through with family, love, and survival. I loved this book!
Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
This novel takes place during a time where storytelling was a part of everyday life. A story of three missing girls and three desperate families set along the Thames River. Part folklore, magic, mystery, and mayhem told by a master storyteller. I loved it!
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
Cross her heart and hope to…
A page turning psychological thriller about a single over protective mother, a best friend, and a 16 year old daughter all with secrets. A broken promise from long ago surfaces, and promises aren’t meant to be broken.
Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
What a great eerie Victorian gothic novel! The intricate details of the estate, and the mysteries that lurk around each corner will keep you up at night!
White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bract
Elegantly written historic fiction of Korea, following two sisters separated by WWII. It’s suspenseful, hopeful, and redemptive. I loved it!
Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
A debut novel by 24 year old Danya Kukafka, a chilling story written about the fine line between love-obsession and stalking. A great read!
The Breakdown by B. A. Paris
After seeing a car stopped down a back road in the middle of a thunderstorm, Cass does nothing. Should she have stopped? Cass feels as if she’s being watched, and begins getting silent phone calls. Her memory starts to escape her, and she can’t remember important details of her daily life. A great psychological thriller. If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
The forerunner to Jurassic Park, this story takes place in 1876. With warring Indian tribes, gold rush fever and an expedition in search of dinosaur fossils, the action is non-stop! Great read!
In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant
Historical fiction of Renaissance Italy during the last years of the House of Borgia. Sarah Dunant is a great storyteller bringing to life this historical family. Loved it!
The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
A novel you won’t want to put down about friendship and courage during WWII. A circus of hidden Jews, the powerful bonds of friendship and the struggle to survive. A must read!
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
A magical debut novel of fairy tale and historical fiction set in medieval Russia. Loved it!
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Suspenseful novel that takes place on a cruise ship. Great beach read!
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
An excellent thriller of a tale of sisters, secrets and something sinister. A real page turner!
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
A wonderful new novel that takes place at the end of the depression in the small town of Macedonia, WV. Layla is sent to write for the Federal Writers Project as punishment by her father. As in any small town, there are secrets, mysteries, and skeletons about to be revealed as the history unfolds. A wonderful book that I did not want to end.