The Scribe of Siena is an intriguing debut Novel by Melodie Winawer. Who wouldn’t want to read a book that has mystery, history, conspiracy, romance, time travel and the black plague.
Beatrice Trovato is a neurosurgeon who finds herself traveling to Siena, Italy, due to the untimely death of her brother, Benjamin, a scholar who had been doing research on historic Siena. Upon her arrival in Siena, she finds that his research is unfinished. Beatrice is intrigued by Benjamin’s work and decides she is going to take a leave from her job and stay in Siena to complete his research.
As she is diving into the research, she finds herself mysteriously transported back to the year 1347, the medieval times of Siena, and the onset of the black plague. Beatrice must figure out how she was transported back in time and must decide in which century she truly belongs.
This is a must-read if you like page-turning excitement throughout a book.
The Zookeeper’s Wife is the extraordinary true war story of Antonina and Jan Zabinski and their heroic acts that saved around 300 Jews after Poland was invaded during World War II. This is a story of terror and heroism, and of a compassionate woman who helped save these lives alongside her husband by sheltering them in the Warsaw Zoo.
Antonina was an ordinary woman who opened her door to strangers. She sacrificed the safety of her children and everything she loved to protect others. Not only did she save lives, but she brought love and fostered hope that bolstered their spirits.
Heroism can come from the most humble places.
The pioneer life is a hard one, especially for a pregnant woman with no family or friends to turn to for comfort or help. This historical fiction book recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier. Caroline is courageous, resilient, and a loving pioneer woman.
Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of Wisconsin and her family for a new life in the Kansas Indian Territory. The family heads west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril.
This familiar story of family, friendship, hardship, love and survival is retold in Caroline: Little House, Revisited. If you are a Little House on the Prairie fan, you are sure to love this book as much as I did.
This debut novel by Sara Holland creates a fascinating world built on the concepts of time and inequality. There are a variety of relatable and compelling characters, along with some villains, who keep the pages turning as the mystery and intrigue builds.
In this fantasy world, time is currency. The more you give, the older you become, and the more you receive, the younger you become. The story follows Jules as she desperately wants to help her dying father with his debts. She takes up a servant job at the Everless estate where her father once worked in order to prevent her father from giving away all his time. What Jules doesn’t know is that there is a bigger reason her father took her away from that castle, and she is eager to find out why.
You will become immersed in this imaginative world and will enjoy the cliffhanger ending that screams for a sequel.
I thoroughly enjoyed Melanie Benjamin’s previous two novels and this one did not disappoint.
The Girls in the Picture is a novel that follows the friendship and careers of two powerful women in early Hollywood, superstar Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion.
It’s 1914, and 25-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. Frances meets “America’s Sweetheart,” Mary Pickford, who is already making a name for herself both on and off the screen. Together, these two women will take the movie business by storm.
This is a novel about the power of women during the early years of Hollywood, and the power of forgiveness. This is also a novel about the sacrifices and compromises women must make in order to succeed.
President Obama’s historic presidency is highlighted in this magnificent book of photographs taken by Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza. Young readers will be engaged in the photos that highlight Barack Obama’s historic presidency. Throughout his presidency, Obama engaged with young people as often as he could, and this book captures him encouraging them to be their best.
Like it’s townsfolk, Lenburh is a quiet, meager place where very little ever happens. But when two of its most unlikely heroes stumble upon an enchanted talking blade, they embark upon an adventure that will alter the courses of their lives forever—exposing them to unseen lands, unparalleled knights, and unimaginable beasts, any of which could enhance or end them.
Have Sword, Will Travel is a fun adventure that is filled with action and humor. This is a great fantasy fiction book for ages 8-12.
This intense thriller is dark and disturbing with sneaky twists that you do not see coming.
The Vanishing Season introduces small-town police detective Ellery Hathaway. No one knows she was once victim number seventeen in the story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben - the only one who survived. While Ellery attempts to hide the scars of her past trauma, she must hunt a terrifying serial killer whose methods echo her former abuser’s. Is she next on his list?
This unsettling thriller is dark and disturbing with sneaky plot twists that just keep coming. Be prepared to lose sleep after reading this gripping crime novel. It will pull you in from the beginning until the stunning conclusion.
This is the remarkable true story of four black women and the defining moments of Cold War, the Space Race, the Civil Rights movement and the quest for gender equality.
Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden.
The book chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives and their country’s future.
These women were nearly all top graduates of historically black colleges. Though they did the same work as the white women hired at the time, they were cloistered away in their own segregated office in the West Area of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia. Despite the hardships of their working environment, these women went on to make significant contributions to aeronautics, astronautics, and America’s victory over the Soviet Union in the Space Race.
This is a must read!
Jack Pellum, a Detroit detective, has spent two years searching for the man who he believes murdered his wife - a man he last saw wearing a peacoat and a fedora.
Months of posting fliers and combing through crime records yields no leads. When a local writer’s cryptic suicide note suggests the man in the fedora actually exists, Jack begins unraveling twenty years of secrets and unsolved crimes.
This is a mystery where there is far more than meets the eye. Nothing can be taken for granted. I could not put down The Man in the Crooked Hat. Buy it today and enjoy.
This is the story of Turtle (Julia) Alveston, a 14-year-old girl who lives in dysfunctional isolation with her father, Martin, in the woods of Northern California ever since the death of her mother. Martin is charming, protective, and a monster who abuses her psychologically and physically.
Turtle knows how to forage for food and hunt. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her hiding grounds. She is known to wander for miles. Her physical world is expansive but she knows little about normal social interactions. Her social existence is confined to the middle school and to her life with her father.
Turtle meets Jacob, a high school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and has a teenage crush on her. For the first time, she begins to learn about the larger world. Her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable.
Motivated by her first experience with real friendship, Turtle starts to imagine for the first time that she could escape, using the survival skills her father has taught her.
This is a well-written psychological thriller of bravery and survival. With Turtle’s acts of physical and emotional courage, you will watch as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero, and in the process, becomes ours as well.