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NEW! The Mitford Scandal, by Jessica Fellowes
I love the Mitford Murder Series!! Think of it as Downton Abbey meets Agatha Christie. This novel takes place in the late 1920’s in Europe. A maid falls through a skylight onto the floor of a ballroom during an extravagant party. Soon after, another victim is found. Could one of the Mitford sisters be involved? Fellowes weaves together historical fact and suspenseful fiction very well. Just a fun quick read!
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson
Even though this book came out last summer, I am just now discovering this amazing book! I love reading books that introduce me to things I knew nothing about. Within five minutes of reading I was researching the Blue People of Eastern Kentucky barely able to believe that they were real! It also led me to researching the Pack Horse Librarian Project that Roosevelt started. If you haven’t heard of either of those two things I strongly suggest researching them and reading this book! This is a story of severe poverty, fierce strength, and the human need for knowledge, no matter the circumstances. I adored Cussy Mary and believe you will fall in love with her story as well.
A Long Petal of the Sea, by Isabel Allende
A 23-year-old medical student and a young pregnant woman escape from Spain in the late 1930’s and make their way to Chile. There they form an unlikely bond that spans decades. This is an epic story of love, war, family, and the search for home. Great read!
All The Ways We Said Goodbye, by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, & Karen White
“Team W” has done it again, and this is their best book yet! This historical novel takes you from WWI to WWII to the 1960’s. Three women whose fates are joined together by the splendid Ritz Carlton Hotel. I absolutely loved it!
Lady Clementine, by Marie Benedict
This is a well-researched behind the scenes look at one of history’s most influential and extraordinary women! This is a novel about Winston Churchill’s wife, Clementine. Benedict shows the reader not only Clementine’s own ambitions and secrets, but also how her steady hand helped Churchill through some of the darkest times in world history. I adored it!
The Moonshiner’s Daughter, by Donna Everhart
Donna always ]writes a powerful book about family dynamics, as this novel follows suit. As a young child, Jessie was there to witness her mother’s death caused by the family business of moonshining. Set in 1960 Wilkes County, NC, Jessie is desperate to destroy her family’s legacy. At what cost to herself and her family will she go? I loved this amazing book and I couldn’t put it down! Donna’s writing just keeps getting better and better!
The Glittering Hour, by Iona Grey
In 1936 England, a nine year old girl pieces together clues to her mother’s wild past in this wonderful historical saga. It is a story of great love, loss, and a reminder that we all have to live each day to the fullest! I loved it! A great NEW December read!
The Deserter, by Nelson & Alex DeMille
A fabulous new thriller about an elite Delta Force Captain who deserts his men in Afghanistan and is being hunted not only by the CID (Criminal Investigation Division), but by others who may be trying to kill him before he can tell his story. With DeMille’s signature humor throughout, this book is a great read!
Olive Again, by Elizabeth Strout
Oh Olive, how we’ve missed you! After eleven years I’d almost forgotten how I see so much of Olive in myself and some of the people in my life. An insightful look into the loneliness in all of us and how easily we can alleviate a person’s fear and sadness with a single word or gesture. I absolutely adored this book! You MUST start with Strout’s first book, Olive Kitteridge, if you have not already read it. It is equally as amazing, and will give you the introduction to this sequel.
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Sepetys is considered a crossover novelist, as her books are read by both young adult teens, and adults. This book takes place in 1957 Madrid, Spain under the fascist dictatorship of General Franco, who is in on the dark secrets that Spain is hiding. An 18-year old American photographer hopes to unearth these secrets and show them to the world using his photographs. Sepetys brings this lesser known historical time to life by showing the hidden violence of silence through her amazing characters that she creates, and beautifully captures the real personalities of. I have read all of her books and adored each and every one. They are all stories that demand to be told as only she can do! Fabulous!
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
This new novel by the author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is based on the true life story of Cilka. Cilka was a 16-year old girl who survived three years in Auschwitz-Birkenau only to be sentenced to 15 years in a Russian gulag in outer Siberia. Lale Sokolov from the Tattooist called her the bravest person he ever knew. Inspiring!
The Fifth Column by Andrew Gross
How well do YOU know your neighbors? America is on the brink of entering into WWII. Charles has just been released from prison after serving time for manslaughter, and NYC is filled with whispers of a “fifth column”- German spies who are embedded into everyday life. A tense and fast-paced thriller!
The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
I absolutely LOVED this debut novel! This book is inspired by the true story of the Russian poet, Boris Pasternak the author of Doctor Zhivago, his muse and lover of 13 years, Olga Ivinskaya, and the secretaries recruited by the CIA to infiltrate the hearts and minds of the people of the Soviet Union with the greatest love story of the twentieth century! Fabulous!
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
This novel opens with a young nanny who is sitting in a prison in Scotland, accused of murdering one of the children under her care. Set in a huge high-tech house in a remote area of Scotland, this a modern day good old-fashioned gothic ghost story. It of course includes Ruth Ware’s signature twist (or two) at the end! I devoured it!
The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel
1940 Reims, France In a small champagne winery a naive young wife feeling isolated and neglected by her husband unwittingly puts herself and those around her at risk as she seeks some excitement in her life. Present day, a young divorcee doesn’t understand why her 99 year old grand mother insists that she accompany her to France. The older woman has difficult information to share and an ulterior motive while she’s there, but is afraid it will shake her granddaughter’s world to the core. A great novel that teaches us that the choices we make in the past might greatly affect our future! A great read!
Chances Are… by Richard Russo
This is vintage, classic Russo. It’s reminiscent of Russo’s familiar themes such as father and son relationships, small town issues, and the power of friendship. However, in this new novel it comes with a twist; a mystery with an ending that unfolds slowly. I absolutely adored it!
The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams
In 1941, a beautiful young society reporter is sent to the Bahamas to report on the infamous Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
1900 Switzerland, a young German Baroness is sent to a clinic to cure her postpartum depression. While she is there she falls in love with an English soldier.
This story is about two unforgettable women and the roles they played in this family saga of espionage, love, sacrifice, and courage set against a shocking true crime. I can’t wait for Beatriz to get here July 12th at our Moveable Feast, so I can ask her what inspired her to write this wonderful novel!
The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore
This is a total beach read, but with substance! The story is set over the course of one Summer in Block Island , RI.
It starts with three very different people… Anthony, a writer hiding from a scandal… Lu, who is hiding a secret from her husband… and Joy, who is trying to keep her small bakery in business. They all find their lives intersecting in various ways. A well written novel perfect for summer reading!
The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin
A riveting look at the infamous rivalry between designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, who are in a fierce battle of their own to be recognized as the premiere designer of France. This is a well-written novel set against the increasing threat of the Nazi invasion of Paris. I loved it!
The Summer Country by Lauren Willig
A fabulous multi-generational saga that takes place in colonial Barbados. Not only is it meticulously researched, but this book takes you on a fabulous ride of old-time story telling. Willig has put together a historical novel of love, mystery, lies, jealously, and rebellion. Absolutely her best yet!
Montauk by Nicola Harrison
A fabulous debut, this is not only a tale of love, betrayal, and social climbing. It is a story of a woman finding the courage to walk her own path. Set in the 1930’s village as it was becoming the new playground for New York City’s wealthy elite.
The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer
This amazing work of biographical fiction is based on the true story of journalist, Varian Fry, known as the “American Schindler”. Fry is credited with saving the lives of thousands of Jewish artists, writers, and their work. It is a passionate and well-researched tribute. Adored it!
The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa
Based on true events, this is an unforgettable family saga of love, survival, and redemption. Set against the tragedy of WWII in France, it brings to light the sacrifices and choices so many mothers were forced to make. This story will live in your mind for weeks after you’ve turned the last page.
Save Me From Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk
This outstanding series debut is action packed and razor sharp! This stellar new heroine is a combination of Lisbeth Salander and Jack Reacher. Nikki Griffin is a private investigator who owns a bookstore and also tracks certain kinds of men. Men who hurt women. Great book to read on the beach!
The Lost Prince by Michael Mewshaw
This is a compassionate, but no holds barred memoir about Mewshaw’s decades long friendship with Pat Conroy. It details their friendship up until Pat asked Mewshaw for a terrible favor, which when granted ended their friendship. A fascinating look into a complicated relationship.
The Huntress by Kate Quinn
By the bestselling author of The Alice Network, this WWII thriller is a riveting account of war, revenge, and the uncompromising power of truth. It takes the reader from an all-female night bomber regiment in the Soviet Union, to a Nazi hunter in London, to an unsuspecting family in Boston. I loved it!
The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash
A funny, touching novel of a family living among the celebrities of the Dakota building in 1979 New York. A social commentary of a critical moment in the history of New York City in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
This amazing book is based on interviews that Morris conducted with Ludwig “Lale” Sokolov, an Austro-Hungarian-born Slovak-Australian Holocaust survivor sent to Auschwitz in 1942 as the concentration camp’s tetovierier. Its a story that shows the strength of love when all of humanity has forsaken you.
Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown
This novel is set in the mountains of 1950’s North Carolina. It’s a wonderfully written story about folk healers, bootleggers, powerful mountain clans, and dark family secrets.
The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellows
An old-fashioned murder mystery reminiscent of Agatha Christie novels, based on an actual murder back in the 1920’s during the Golden Age. It was a fun read and kept me guessing to the end!
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
This epic saga is at times incredibly funny, and achingly sad. Boyne entertains readers with a story of Ireland from the 1940’s to present day, through the eyes of a boy who knows he is gay in a society that hates his sexuality. If you love John Irving you will adore this book. I devoured it!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My favorite beach read of the year! This book is the total package: the best of old Hollywood intrigue, a sensational twist you never suspect, and an eye-opening commentary on the price of female stardom. Loved it!
The Women In The Castle by Jessica Shattuck
If you loved The Nightingale you will devour this! 1944 Germany and 3 women, one of whose husband was executed for the assassination attempt on Hitler, try desperately to save other women caught in the turmoil during the end of the war. An emotionally powerful novel about friendship and survival. Loved it!
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
Line weaves together fact and fiction to bring to life the woman behind Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting, Christina’s World. Tender and tragic. I loved it!
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
WWII in a quiet English village as seen through the eyes of five very different women. Lives are upended and secrets unraveled as these women learn that friendship can sustain them as their world collapses around them. A terrific debut!
The Dry by Jane Harper
An atmospheric debut mystery that takes place under the blistering Australian sun. A federal agent returns to his hometown to find a decades old crime influencing his investigation of a horrific new one. Tightly paced – hard to put down.
The House At the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner
A wonderful multi-generation family saga that takes place on a small island off the coast of Italy. Early 1900 to current day. Loved it!
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
In this fictional memoir, the extraordinary life of Beryl Markham is brought to life. Raised in Kenya by her father and the native Kipsigis tribe, her unconventional childhood led to her becoming a strong, independent woman. Her failed marriage, her love affair with Deny Finch Hatton and her transatlantic flight that made her famous are all a part of the story of a woman ahead of her time in life and love.
Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams
Set in the 60s, Christina “Tiny” Hardcastle and her husband Frank are the perfect power couple. He’s got his sights set on a political career until three unwelcome guests appear at the family estate on Cape Cod and threaten to unravel their ordered life. A fun beach read!
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
Six sisters gather at their childhood home, having been told of the death of their beloved adopted father. He leaves each of them a mysterious clue as to their true heritage. For those who love a saga this is the first of seven books!
World Gone By by Dennis Lehane
A morally complex thriller set in Cuba and Ybor City Florida during the 1940’s. A former crime kingpin is enjoying the fruits of his past labor until his dark past catches up with him.
Vanessa And Her Sister by Priya Parmar
This novel takes you into the troubled relationship between artist Vanessa Bell and her sister Virginia Woolf. I found it fascinating to read about the famous Bloomsbury Group that they started.
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
It’s a multi-generational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story and a story about a family’s struggle to connect with each other. Stein wowed me with his insight to what each person is striving for in life – love, acceptance and redemption.