Author Katherine Reay writes characters who I want to know in my real life. Her newest novel, The Bronte Plot, gives us the character of Lucy Alling, a young woman who works for an interior designer in Chicago. Lucy greatly loves and respects books. She fell in love with reading and books as a child, being read to and always encouraged to find the book that spoke to her. When her father left the family, he always sent Lucy a classic book on her birthday - no note, just the book.
Now, Lucy sometimes uses suspicious methods to put a story to a rare book that she sells. When her secret is discovered, she realizes that the life she has made for herself is based on lies. But, one woman decides that Lucy is the traveling companion she wants as she travels to England. There in Haworth, home of the Bronte sisters, both women must exorcise the demons of their pasts to move forward with their lives.
Bravo, Katherine, on another novel I loved to read and love to tell others about.
Nicolas Fox is a slick, charming con man. Kate O'Hare is a play by the books FBI agent. What most people don't know is that the two work together to bring down super criminals. In The Scam, Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's newest installment in the Fox and O'Hare series, they team up again to bring down evil casino magnate Evan Trace.
Nic and Kate must go deep undercover into the world of gamblers, mobsters and terrorists. Using techniques that might be considered barely legal, they attempt to topple Trace's empire. With the help of an actor who must "become" his character , a pirate who has a soft side, and Kate's rocket launcher handling father, the scam they’ve set up might not go exactly as planned.
The city of Chicago in the 1950's is the perfect setting for Renee Rosen's newest historical novel: White Collar Girl.
All that Jordan Walsh has wanted to be is a journalist like her father and her deceased brother. After graduating college she lands a job with the Chicago Tribune, but is given the society pages to report instead of the city desk. Knowing that she has to prove herself in the male dominated newsroom, Jordan starts to dig into stories that don't want to be public knowledge. When a confidential informant gives her information that can change the political landscape of the city, she risks her job and life to uncover the story that will get her noticed.
Thank you Renee for writing a great novel that gives us a strong, intelligent, and mighty girl who knew that she could do what men do and did it.
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His newest novel , See Me, is a great addition to his long list of novels that tug at your heart.
Colin has been given a second chance at life after a history of violence and bad decisions. He is going to college to become a teacher while avoiding the decisions that he made in the past. Maria is a hardworking lawyer who has moved back to her hometown after a tragedy that has changed her direction in life. During a dark ,rainy night, Colin stops to help Maria change her flat tire. At first glance Maria is scared of the man coming toward her since his face looked like it took more than one punch. Days later they meet again and know that there is an attraction. As they enter into a relationship both of their pasts come back into their lives and could destroy them both.
When I received the advance reading copy of Tasha Alexander's newest novel, The Adventuress, I jumped up and down for joy. The Lady Emily Victorian mysteries are one of my favorite series. The writer’s attention to detail in clothes, social culture and location of the time period is well researched and she puts these details onto the pages of her novels.
The Adventuress takes Lady Emily and her husband Colin to Cannes to celebrate her childhood friend, Jeremy Sheffield’s, engagement to a wealthy, head strong American, Amity Wells. When a member of the party is found dead in Jeremy's room, Emily believes that murder not suicide really happened and that Jeremy was the real target. Emily then makes it her priority to solve the case and in the process save Jeremy.
I'm still jumping up and down after reading this mystery and looking forward to the 11th novel.
Multiple years ago I was lucky enough to sit with author Kate Morton during a luncheon in Washington D.C.. We were both there for BEA (BookExpo America) and Kate had just arrived that morning from Australia but she was still delightful, engaging and ready to meet all of us booksellers. We had a great conversation and I couldn't wait until I had a break to start reading The Forgotten Garden (which she autographed to me). After reading that book I became a fan forever.
To say the least I was excited to read her newest release, The Lake House. I couldn't put this book down and was surprised with the ending that was written, in a good way. The Lake House is told in dual time narrative, 2004 and 1933 from multiple characters points of view. The main story line centers on when 11 month old Theo Edevane goes missing from the families Cornwall estate in 1933. In 2004 police constable Sadie Sparrow is visiting Cornwall and becomes interested in solving the cold case. Was Theo kidnapped or was he murdered? As I was reading I found it interesting how the characters remembered events differently because they all only had parts of the puzzle. Another novel that I will be talking about for a long time.
I love black and white movies and the golden age of Hollywood. One of my favorite authors, Adriana Trigiani , has written another novel with her usual elements of family, love, and adventure set during this magical time of film. All the Stars in the Heavens is a fictional novel that is based on the true story of American beauty and actress Loretta Young, and how the studio system of Hollywood made her make decisions that not only affected her life but the lives of others around her. This novel was full of the secrets, drama and power that is the movie business and had me turning the pages long into the night. I was on my iPad to look at real photos of the people involved and had to have a box of Kleenex by the end of the book. Saturn Booksellers is lucky to have some signed, first editions of this amazing novel. Contact the store soon for a copy of your own.
Kim Van Alkemade has written a spectacular debut novel, Orphan #8. Using both family background and true stories about the Orphaned Hebrews Home during the early 1900's, she has weaved together a powerful story.
When four-year-old Rachel is placed at the Hebrew infant home in 1919, her life is put into the medical care of Dr, Mildred Solomon. She then subjects Rachael to medical x-Ray experiments that scar both her body and personality. Fast forward to 1954, now a nurse in care of the elderly, Rachael is shocked when her new patient is Dr. Solomon. Before the night is over Rachael must choose between revenge or forgiveness. Impacting book that makes you question the lengths that science goes during experiments and how these experiments effect both the human body and soul.
I have enjoyed reading author Diane Chamberlain because her writing is smart, absorbing and has complex interesting characters. Her newest title, Pretending to Dance is all of these things and more. This novel alternates in chapters between adult & teen Molly. The whole story is revealed this way, a little at a time
Molly and Aiden want to have a child. After years of trying they have decided to adopt, which has Molly petrified . Aiden does not know that Molly has been lying to him since the moment that they met about her family and now Molly is terrified that background checks will reveal the past that she has kept hidden.
To find out what Molly has been hiding the reader has to go back in time to the summer of 1990 North Carolina, where Molly lives on a kind of family compound call Morrison Ridge. Molly herself is adopted and lives with her father and her adoptive mother while her birth mother lives down the road. This summer all the adults of Morrison Ridge are having secret meeting that Molly doesn't attend. By the end of the summer someone she loves is dead.
I read this novel late into the night and loved how both story arcs were revealed, with an ending was powerful and emotional.
Dark secrets have a way of coming in from the cold and destroying your life, as Sandy Tremont finds it in the physiological thriller, As Night Falls. Sandy has it all, a loving husband who owns a wilderness adventure business, a career that she enjoys, a new, high end home, and a beautiful teenage daughter.
When two convicts escape work detail they invade Sandy's mountain home before they escape to Canada. After a while Sandy realizes that this invasion wasn't just a matter of chance when she recognizes one of the convicts as her sociopathic brother, Nick, a brother that she hasn't told her family about. When a storm delays the convicts escape to Canada, Sandy and her family’s lives hang in the balance.
This fast-paced thriller had me eagerly turning the pages until late into the night.