What a great summer of reading! I know the publishers will disagree with me but I swear they save the best books for summertime!
A sample of my recent reads:
1. Sister by Rosamund Lupton– I read a zillion great reviews of this book but was hesitant as I don’t typically read mysteries. Once I finally picked it up, I was instantly hooked and mad that I hadn’t read it earlier.
Beatrice knows that her sister Tess didn’t commit suicide though all evidence points to it. Beatrice takes it upon herself to prove that Tess was murdered. The plot twists and turns so many times- this book defines page turner!
Crown Publishing provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
2. The Very Thought of You by Rosie Allison- This debut novel was shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize. It reads like great literature. Eight year old Anna Sands is sent to the English countryside to live during World War II as her parents want her away from the bombing in London.
She goes to live on an old English estate where the Ashton’s turn their home into a boarding school. The story is mainly told from Anna’s perspective and she witnesses the crumbling marriage of the Ashton’s. Anna and Thomas Ashton form a close bond. It is especially poignant when the adult Anna goes back to visit Thomas. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to Alison’s future books.
Washington Square Press provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
This book is also set during World War II but is the story of three women, good friends, at home while their husbands go to war and the aftermath of war. Babe, Millie and Grace grow and change throughout their lives but remain bonded together.
The book starts with Babe working at the Western Union office at the ticker tape machine. She had to promise to quit the job as soon as the men came back. She literally sees the telegrams coming of who has been injured or killed in the war.
I think the book gives a real taste of life during the war. The man at the hardware store closes his store to go deliver the telegrams. The book touches on race relations, the polio scare and anti-semitism- themes of the times.
This is a beautifully written book.
Spiegel & Grau provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
What are you reading and where are you going?