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What does a book blogger do when two of her favorite authors each publish a new book today? She reviews both! There are a zillion new books coming out today, March 4th. But the best two, by far, are….
Safe With Me By Amy Hatvany
While Best Kept Secret remains my favorite Hatvany book, Safe With Me soundly puts this author on par with Jodi Picoult. Safe With Me starts by quoting my favorite Chinese proverb,
“An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, despite the time, the place, and despite the circumstances. The thread can be tightened or tangle, but will never be broken.”
Amy Hatvany is the perfect women’s fiction author- her books are wonderful and she publishes at least one per year so I never have to wait long for the next. Amy also has the unusual ability to address dark topics in a way that is believable and uplifting, quite a fete. I tend to shy away from dark reads but not with Hatvany. She presents alcoholism, mental illness, etc. yet each story ends on a hopeful note. Safe With Me tackles organ donation, organ transfer, recovering from grief, teen internet use and a bad marriage.
This book is the story of two families, both governed by circumstances beyond their control. By page 2, you are completely “into” this story. That is another feature of Hatvany’s books, her writing grabs you immediately in EVERY book she writes. Wow!
Quotes I loved:
“When you laugh, people assume you’re okay. You’re smiling, so everything’s fine….”
“The instant Maddie was born, Olivia didn’t think she would ever be unhappy again.”
“Her daughter still sees the world in stark divisions of right and wrong, black and white, when the truth is, life is so much more complicated than that, colored by infinite shades of gray..”
Suffice it to say, read the book and you will be glad you did!
Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck
And now there is my friend Erika Robuck- one of the brightest women I know. I fell in love with Erika’s work with Hemingway’s Girl and we have been together ever since. Erika tackles the most famous of literary authors and creates mesmorizing fiction around them. She has crafted stories around Ernest Hemingway, Zelda Fitzgerald and now, Edna St. Vincent Millay. What an amazing twist on reading the classics! I simply adore her books. I rank Robuck’s work among the authors she writes about- fine literature.
“Without sin, can we know beauty? Can we fully appreciate the summer without the winter? No, I am glad to suffer so I can feel the fullness of our time in the light.”
Fallen Beauty is both historical fiction and a wonderful portrayal of the Jazz Age. From the publisher, “Upstate New York, 1928. Laura Kelley and the man she loves sneak away from their judgmental town to attend a performance of the scandalous Ziegfeld Follies. But the dark consequences of their night of daring and delight reach far into the future.
That same evening, Bohemian poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and her indulgent husband hold a wild party in their remote mountain estate, hoping to inspire her muse. Millay declares her wish for a new lover who will take her to unparalleled heights of passion and poetry, but for the first time, the man who responds will not bend completely to her will.”
The best way for me to show you why this is a must-read book is for you to hear about it from the author herself- I love this short video, especially the jazz music at the end!
I received digital review copies of these books. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links included.