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MOLLY’S Book List

With children of my own at home, I want them to catch the “reading bug” and see them enjoy a good story so I’m always on the beat to find fun new books for them. When I’m in my own quiet corner to read, I’ll grab a new writer or a contemporary novel.

Reading Now:


NEW IN PAPERBACK! A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler

Just released in paperback this week, this book is a historical fiction account of Alva Vanderbilt. Alva married William Vanderbilt, one of the richest men in the world during the Gilded Age, with the hopes of getting her family out of debt. You will find out how strong and courageous Alva was, and how she became a beacon of strength fighting for women’s suffrage and equal rights. If you missed reading it in hardcover, or when we had the author here for the event, you should definitely come pick up a copy! A great read!

Past Favorites:

The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

There is a serial killer on the loose and terrorizing Copenhagen. After each murder he leaves a little chestnut man made of a chestnut and match sticks at the scene. There are many twists and turns in this debut novel. Will the two detectives be able to piece it all together? A thrilling read! Perfect for this time of year!

The Starlet and The Spy by Ji-Min Lee

Just after the Korean war ended, Marilyn Monroe came to Korea for a brief tour of American bases. There she meets Alice, her translator and survivor of the war. Alice is very troubled and in great pain from all she endured. She and Marilyn Monroe connect on a personal and emotional level. This is an heart wrenching read about survival after an aftermath, two outwardly privileged women from two different worlds, and the parallels between them.

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

In a world where greed rules and corruption seems to be the norm, we meet four ruthless members of an investment bank team about to do a team building escape room challenge. They eventually realize this is not the typical escape room challenge, and are in for the fight of their lives. Fast paced and full of suspense, I really enjoyed reading this novel!

We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White

Eve and Daniella are college roommates who become fast friends in the 1960’s. Their friendship will have several ups and downs spanning the 30 years that the novel follows. You will see how they become involved in social issues of the time and the way they raise their daughters. A great political fiction read!

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

Lapena’s newest novel is set in upstate NY in a quiet neighborhood. A teenage boy is sneaking into neighbor’s homes and hacking into their computers. A female neighbor goes missing. When she turns up murdered all the neighbors are suspect. What information could the young teenager know? Lots of twists and turns with an unsuspecting end!

The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

This historical fiction novel is a tale of women pilots (WASP) during WWII. It begins in Hawaii with the main character Audry Coltrane, who is training in the WASP program. She is in the air flying during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She then heads to Sweetwater, Texas to train on military planes and taking them back and forth across the country to different military bases. This is a wonderful, informative book about what it was like during WWII in the United States and what these women endured.

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

If you like Liane Moriarty books, you will love this! It’s a modern day workplace thriller with lots of twists and turns. It’s a thought provoking book that takes on office politics. You will not be able to put it down!

The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine

Dr. Kate English is coping with the tragic murder of her mother. The murder was a terrible shock to the wealthy Baltimore community. A few days after her death, Kate begins receiving threats against her and her family. Who could be sending these terrible threats? There are many suspects!

The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Diane C. McPhail

This historical fiction novel is about a young girl in Mississippi raised by her father who was a judge, slave owner, and abolitionist. The novel takes place before, during, and after the Civil War. It enlightens readers about the lives of slave owners, slaves, and their families and how their strengths and weaknesses influence their lives and their decisions throughout the novel. A great saga.

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Miracle Creek, opens with a court case where a mother of a child with autism is accused of setting a fire that caused an explosion killing two and injuring several. Yet the question still remains, is she the one who caused the explosion? A lot of twists and turns, a great debut novel!

The Last Year of The War by Susan Meissner

Elise, a young 14 year old girl, lived a normal life in Iowa in 1943 until her father was arrested for suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. Both her parents immigrated from Germany 20 years prior. The Family is sent to a Texas internment camp where Elise meets Mariko, a Japanese-American teen. They quickly develop a friendship, making the camp somewhat bearable for her. Unfortunately, Elise’s family is sent back to Germany and face the war head-on. A very eye-opening book!

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty  

Nine people have just arrived at a remote health resort. They each have spent a tremendous amount of money to get back in touch with themselves. Each person has their own reason for being there. These nine people suddenly realize they are in for way more than they thought! It’s a page turner!

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena 

By the popular author of The Couple Next Door, comes another psychological thriller set deep in the woods of the Catskill Mountains during a horrific snow and ice storm. What was supposed to be a weekend get-away for the guests staying at Mitchell’s Inn turns into a murder mystery. A thrill to read!

All the Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J. Church

This novel is about a Kansas girl who goes to Las Vegas to become a show girl. Set in the 1960’s with all the glitz and glamour that was “Vegas”. This book is wonderfully written and tells the story of fortune, friendship, loss, and love. A fantastic read!

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

The Bright family moved to Philadelphia in 1917 after a tragic loss to start a new life. Not long after the move their father leaves to fight in the Great War and the Spanish Flu begins to spread tragically around the world. It is difficult to comprehend the tragedy during this time period. Very well researched and wonderful writing!

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

There has been a suspicious accident and Karen can’t account for herself. Tom, Karen’s husband, comes home from a long day and immediately knows something is wrong when he sees his wife is not home. This is the newest suspense book by the author of, The Couple Next Door. Lapena provides lots of twists and turns, a thrilling read!

Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

Sisters Nora and Theresa Flynn, as young adults depart their home in Ireland for America. Many life changing events happen during their arrival to America, which leaves the sisters estranged. Fifty years later tragedy will bring them back together and the secrets keeping them disconnected for so long will finally come out. A great read!

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

The author who wrote A Man Called Ove has written his best book yet! Beartown is a small town that has only its junior hockey team going for it. Beartown is about the people who make up this town and the hockey team trying to keep the town surviving. I couldn’t put it down!!!

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
Dead Letters is about dysfunctional twins Ava and Zelda. Zelda supposedly dies in a barn fire. However, Ava finds Zelda’s cell phone and is receiving emails from Zelda. If you like suspense, twists and turns this book is for you. A great debut novel!

Georgia by Dawn Tripp
Georgia is a wonderful historical fiction novel about the artist Georgia O’Keefe and her relationship with the famous photographer Alfred Stieglitz. If you loved the novel Loving Frank, you will surely love this book!

The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
Recently married, Placidia moves to a secluded farm in rural South Carolina with her new husband. After only a few days, her husband leaves to resume his post with the Confederacy during the Civil War. During the two years that he is gone tragedy strikes on the farm. Told through letters and journal entries, this debut novel is a must read!
Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Can’t put down! Perfect beach read.

Villa America by Liza Klaussman
Set in the French Riviera during the 1920’s and 1930’s, this novel is historical fiction about Gerald and Sara Murphy. Living the life of luxury the Murphys had lavish parties with their famous friends including the Hemingways , Fitzgeralds and Picassos. A wonderful book about marriage, friendship, love and tragedy during the golden age.

The Rocks by Peter Nichols
This book, set in a seaside resort in the Mediterranean, is a double love story that is sixty years in the making. It starts with a confrontation of two lovers and the secret they hold that drove them apart very suddenly. The Rocks is a wonderful love story and mystery.

A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman
Ove is a curmudgeon of a man, very set in his ways. He keeps to himself and his routines until new neighbors move into the neighborhood. Everything begins to change. A wonderfully touching book with humor, sarcasm, sadness and love. A must read!!





A Spool of Blue Thread by Ann Tyler
A story of family and what bonds them together, the good and bad times through all the years. A great story told in only the way Ann Tyler can.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
This book is a wonderful historical novel about the German Occupation of France during WWII and the women of the French Resistance. A must read as I could not put the book down.

US by David Nichols
A book about the demands of marriage and parenthood. Douglas is trying to keep his 20 year marriage from failing and maintaining a relationship with his son. This book is very funny as well as sad at times.
First Impressions by Charlie Lovett
Set in eighteenth century Hampshire, England and present day London. If you are a fan of Jane Austen you will love this suspenseful book that has a twist at the end.