Wow! Let me forewarn you the newest novel by author Kristin Hannah, Nightingale, will have you reaching for the box of Kleenex multiple times throughout the story.
As the narrator looks back on her life in France during World War II, the reader is introduced to two very different sisters, Viann and Isabelle, and the remarkable courage that they both had during the German occupation.
Like many women in France who are wives and mothers, Viann must survive any way she can after her life is disrupted when her husband enlists. She must billet a German soldier, stand in line for hours to get a small ration, lie, steal, keep secrets, and maybe even kill.
Isabelle, always the rebellious sister, joins the resistance and risks all to pass secret notes, hide soldiers, and guide paratroopers over the Pyrenees and out of France.
Both sisters risk prison or even death to help those in need; fellow countryman, soldiers, and Jews. The author has written about the horrors of war with insight and compassion from these two women's eyes.
New York Times bestselling author, Aniita Diamant, has written another unforgettable novel of feminism, family, and friendship in her newest novel, The Boston Girl.
The Boston girl is Addie Baum, the third daughter of Jewish immigrants who is the first to be born in the United States.
The start of the book is in 1985, when Addie's granddaughter interviews her and asks “How did you become the women you are today?" Addie then begins her life story starting in 1915, the year that shaped the course of her life. She tells of the one-room tenement apartment that she shared with her family, the neighborhood settlement house where she meet her life-long friends, and the adventures she had during summer camp. Addie recalls how naive she was during her first disastrous love affair, and how she finally found her voice and her wicked sense of humor.
The Boston Girl is a story of one woman's complicated life and how each decision she made shaped her life.
Last year I read Jennifer Robson's historical novel Somewhere in France and loved it. This past month I read her new release, After the War is Over, which is the sweeping saga of a young women finding her place in England after World War I and I'm excited to say that this novel is as strong as the first.
Charlotte Brown was a military nurse for four years. Wanting to leave the memories of the Great War behind, she is determined to dedicate herself to others. She moves to Liverpool and immerses herself into her job of caring for those most in need.
Just when her life is in balance she receives two messages, one from a radical newspaper editor who wants Charlotte to write about the plight of others, and her childhood friend Edward, the man she can't forget.
These two men have Charlotte rethinking her path in life, where does she belong and how can she stay true to the convictions and her heart. Does she have the courage to stand strong, and can dreams that she has kept hidden come true?
I have been a fan of author Darynda Jones’ series, featuring private investigator/grim reaper Charley Davidson, since I read the first chapter of First Grave on the Right. The newest installment in the series, Seventh Grave and No Body, had me turning the pages well past midnight.
To say the character of Charley is unique is like saying the Grand Canyon is deep. She has a dead ex-BFF who keeps yelling and blaming Charley for her death, she had a sexy fiancé who is the son of Satan, she is investigating a rash of suicides with no bodies, and she has just found out the she is pregnant.
When twelve hellhounds are sent to conquer Earth, Charley is determined to do everything in her power to protect Earth and all those that she loves. She must do this all without her daily consumption of multiple pots of coffee.....we're doomed.
On a hot summer night in 1930, New York State Supreme Judge Joseph Crater enters a cab and disappears, never to be heard from again. In the novel The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress, author Ariel Lawhon takes this decades old, true-crime cold-case and transports us back to the smoky clubs, back alley dealings, musical halls, and penthouse living.
Told from the perspective of three women in the Judges life: his steadfast socialite wife Stella, his maid Maria who has secrets to hide, and his chorus girl mistress Ritzi, who wants to break out from the chorus.
I found this novelization of a cold-case interesting and unique. Full of mayhem, murderers, and mobsters, this is a fast paced look back into life of New York in the 1930's. The final pages of the book offer a glossary of the characters, both those that really lived and those that are fictional .
One of our customers, Kathy Ross, told me that I should read The Rosie Project by author Graeme Simsion. This summer I finally read (well, listened to) this delightful, funny screwball comedy, and it had me laughing from the very beginning. I was very excited to receive the newest book in the life of Rosie and Don, The Rosie Effect.
Now, if you haven't finished reading The Rosie Project please stop reading this review because of spoilers.
Rosie and Don will be facing the biggest project of theirs lives, the birth of their child Bud (Baby Under Development). As Don tries to follow traditional protocols, the advice of his six friends, the internet, a therapist, and The Book, he finds that trying to understand a pregnant Rosie and impending parenthood isn't logical and methodical.
Get ready for laughs and good feelings while reading this heartwarming, funny novel that reminds you that being unique and different isn't a bad thing.
Christmas in Nantucket is the setting of this heartwarming, charming, delightful story by author Nancy Thayer.
With Christmas drawing near, Felicia Gordon and her boyfriend Archie return to her family's Nantucket home to get married. The island is a dream location for a wedding on Christmas Day; twinkling lights, beautiful decorations, and white snow covered lawns. The only problem is that the lavish ceremony that is being planned is not what Felicia wants, it's what her mother, Jilly, wants. With all the Christmas activities, the extended family packed into the family house, and over the top plans, the wedding is headed toward Yuletide disaster.
Grab a mug of eggnog, a quilt, and cuddle up with this story that reminds everyone of the reason for the season.
Cress is the third book in the four book Lunar Chronicles series by author Marissa Meyer. I really have enjoyed this series, which is set in the future and delivers action, romance, humor, and a unique fairy tale element.
Cress is a Rapunzel-like character who has been imprisoned on a satellite orbiting Earth for the last seven years and hasn't been allowed to cut her hair. She is an expert hacker, working for the evil Lunar Queen Levana to hide her war ships from Earth’s radar and to track down the fugitive Linh Cinder, whom Cress is secretly aiding. When Cinder and her crew abroad the Rampion try the rescue Cress, things go astray and the crew is divided and fighting for survival. The fast paced plot has the characters working on a plan to bring down Queen Levana and trying to find a cure for the fast spreading plague that has been taking thousands of Earthling lives.
After reading the last page of Cress I'm so excited for the fourth installment which can't come fast enough.
For all my Saturn Bookseller friends who read Dear Mr. Knightley last summer, author Katherine Reay, has written another beautiful novel, moving story in Lizzie and Jane.
The story centers on two sisters; Lizzie, the younger, hipper, New York City Chef and restaurant owner, and Jane, the older, married sister who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The sisters haven't been close since the death of their mother, who died of cancer, over fifteen years ago.
Knowing that her creative cooking at the restaurant Feast is in a slump, Lizzie decides to leave New York and fly to Seattle to help her sister and her family. The sisters still have communication issues and must not only deal with the stress of cancer, but the emotional issues that they carry between them. As Lizzie uses her cooking skills to make meals her sister can eat during chemo, she meets others that can benefit from her unique cooking skills and she also meets a dashing, handsome man named Nick. With Lizzie getting out of her cooking slump, and Jane fighting cancer, both sisters know that they must overcome their past hard feelings to move on with their lives.
While reading this novel I realized this novel might be about women fighting the impact of cancer, it isn't a book about cancer. This is a novel about the characters. As this book ended, I was sad to turn the last page and say goodbye to these two sisters.
Blood Magick, the last book in Nora Roberts's Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, is full of magic, the love between family and friends, and is rich in the traditions and legends of Ireland.
I enjoy reading the trilogies that Roberts writes, they feature a tight circle of characters that become entwined in each other's lives with romance and friendship .
In Blood Magick, the story centers on Branna and Fin's relationship and the group’s final battle with the Cabhan, the centuries old, evil witch. Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both love and torment. Even if Fin has offered his love and loyalty to Branna and his friends to fight Cabhan, he still has the blood of this monster in his system. But will his power help the side of good or evil?
The evil that has haunted the family for centuries will either be beaten forever or will crush all during a battle full of spells, potions, deceit, and love.