This is a summer read that you are sure to enjoy. The setting is beautiful Saugatuck Michigan, one of the resort towns along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline.
Adie Lou Kruger’s marriage is falling apart, and she does not want to spend another second in her job. She decides to leave the city and move to the cottage owned by her family where she spent many of her summers as a child. Her adventure will take her down the road of remodeling the cottage and turning it into a bed and breakfast. She runs into many problems, and along the way, finds unexpected friendships, and even love.
You will be charmed, entertained, and reminded of what really matters in life.
Park Avenue Summer is a "girl-takes-Manhattan" fairy tale, and a crackling account of how editor in chief, Helen Gurley Brown, against her bosses' better judgment, reinvented iconic Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1965.
The Cosmopolitan is in a downward spiral and Helen was brought aboard to save it. She has big plans for the magazine and feels she knows best what “her girls” want to read. The only problem is that her bosses don’t share her confidence and continuously try to derail her vision.
This is a captivating look at an amazing woman and a turning point in history that would eventually revolutionize women’s magazines everywhere.
The loss of a loved one can knock our world off of it’s path, until we find a new way to live. For Poppy Lang, a young widow struggling a year after the unsolved murder of her husband Jack, sanity seems to be growing more elusive. Are her gruesome dreams just dreams, or are they her memories trying to surface? Is she being stalked by a stranger, or is she just imagining that every passerby in a hoodie is the same man? Can she trust the police, her friends, and herself?
Poppy’s mental state makes her a compelling, but unreliable narrator. She is empathetic, after all, she lost her husband in the most horrifically imaginable way. As the novel progresses, details are revealed about the state of Jack and Poppy’s marriage.
This is an addictive psychological thriller that will get under your skin.
Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls has done it again. Lost Roses is the prequel to Lilac Girls and is set a generation earlier. This novel is also inspired by true events and features Caroline Ferriday’s mother, Eliza.
The lives of three distinct heroines are followed under the shadow of World War I. The three inhabit very different worlds. The New York upper crust, the court of the last tsar, and the devastating and powerless Russian peasant class. The three women converge and part over the years, and the novel follows the impact each woman has on one another.
This is a remarkable story and another testament to female strength. Lost roses will thrill and delight readers of historical fiction.
When five colleagues from a Melbourne accountancy firm are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. Five women leave, but only four come back and each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened.
Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigating that takes him deep into the isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers.
This is a remarkable historical fiction novel of bravery and courage during WWII.
It is 1946, and Grace Healy is passing through Grand Central Terminal. She spots an abandoned suitcase under one of the benches. She can’t help but wonder what is inside, so she opens it.
Inside are pictures of 12 different women and she wonders what their stories are.
Grace begins to investigate and is soon drawn in by their stories. She learns through her research that the women in the pictures were silent difference makers during the war. They were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home. Their story is one of mystery and intrigue.
I love historical fiction novels, and this one ranks up there as one of my favorites. You will be thinking about this story long after you’ve closed the book.
This is a dynamic psychological thriller. There is an unreliable female narrator, and the story bounces between different characters’ perspectives.
Maddie and Ian are a married couple, each with issues of their own to sort out while Jo, Maddie’s friend, has often been caught in the middle of their relationship. There are secrets that remain buried throughout years of friendship and marriage.
Readers are taken backward in time, telling parts of Ian and Maddie’s history, both before and after they met. Their relationship shows a slow but steady pattern of anger and violence.
This is the perfect love story that leads to the perfect crime.
This is a novel that is heartbreaking, tragic, funny, surprising, and full of life and love.
It is the story of a young woman who has died of cancer. In the months leading up to her death, she has left a series of blogs, emails, texts, and messages for a co-worker that she had worked side by side with. This sets him off on a series of tasks and self-discovery that he could have never imagined.
Just when you think you are going to cry, you begin to laugh...Enjoy.
Based on a true story, Love and Ruin is a story of war, love, persistence, and complex relationships in the times leading up to WWII.
This is Martha Gellhorn’s journey through struggles and adventure and the heroism that set her apart. She was one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century and she told the stories that needed telling. During her journey, she finds herself unexpectedly and uncontrollably falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man already on his way to being a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Hemingway made their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite.
Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn’s love story became history.
The characters came to life in this novel and the story kept pulling me in further and further. This fast-moving, insightful, and heart wrenching novel is truly an inspiration. I hope you enjoy Love and Ruin as much as I did.
Discover the magic of Nantucket in this great beach read by Elin Hilderbrand, while enjoying a clever whodunit at the same time. She really brings Nantucket to life, you can smell the lobster rolls, feel the sand between your toes and imagine you are surrounded by the fancy, well to do people that reside there.
In the novel, a bride finds her maid of honor dead in the harbor on the morning of her wedding. Tensions are brewing and the chief of police is on the case. He soon realizes that every couple and family have their secrets and the murder investigation ends up uncovering more than just the killer.
If you are looking for a mystery that is on the lighter side and has romance in it, this is a great choice.
Janie Van Duyvil has always felt like a wallflower, even among her own family. Her brother, Bayard, and her cousin Anne were best friends, leaving her out. Her mother clearly favored Bay while expecting Janie to follow all her orders.
When Bay takes a trip to London and comes home with a mysterious new wife, Annabelle, things get interesting. No one knows much about Annabelle’s past, especially not Janie. During a lavish party at Bay’s house, he is found with a knife stuck in his chest. Annabelle is nowhere to be found, and Janie is the only one who hears Bay’s final word: “George”.
People gossip and the papers invent stories about Bay and Annabelle. Janie wants to find out the truth behind his murder. Together with a reporter names Burke, Janie begins to secretly investigate Gay’s life and the circumstances behind his death. As she learns more, she starts to wonder whom she can trust. Is her own family hiding things from her?
Old world New York City and London are brought to life with a dark and scintillating tale of betrayal, secrets and a marriage gone wrong that will have you on the edge of your seat until the final breathtaking twist.
The English Wife is a tale of smoke and mirrors. It is a fable of wealth and power set in the Gilded Age of the 1890s. It is a mystery, a romance, a coming of age story and easily one of the best books you’ll read this year.