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.
This beautifully written novel is one of my favorite books of all time. There is a romantic storyline with a murder mystery, along with a celebration of nature.
Where the Crawdads Sing is a haunting story that follows a girl named Kya, who is abandoned by her family in the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast and left to raise herself. Kya has a deep connection to the place where she makes her home, and to all of the wildlife that lives there. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life.
Kya is a sensitive and intelligent young woman who lives an isolated life. You will be moved by her remarkable journey.
Have you ever wondered how you would live the rest of your life if you knew the date of when you were going to die? How would it affect you? How would you change?
The story follows 4 siblings in New York City who learn of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya Gold set off to find her and see if she will tell them their fortune.
They are told the date they each will die, which can be a curse and a gift. The question is, will they die on the augured date because it is their destiny, or because the prediction draws them into an altered pattern of life choices?
I found this to be a touching story of the lives of these 4 children growing up and how different, yet the same we all are. It was heartfelt, powerful, and thought provoking.
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 is 1914, and twenty-five-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.
Her One Mistake is a psychological mystery that covers the worst nightmare of every parent, a child gone in the blink of an eye.
Harriet had never been separated from her four-year-old daughter Alice since she had been born. Harriet was a stay at home mom who hadn’t trusted anyone with her precious daughter until now.
Charlotte is Harriet’s best friend and they are about as opposite as can be. With three children of her own, Charlotte volunteers to take Alice with them to the school fair so Harriet can take a class that afternoon. With four kids in tow, Charlotte heads to the fair where the children begin to play. When her own children return from a ride without Alice, Charlotte is devastated when there is no sign of Alice.
There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page. You will be jumping to the wrong conclusions until the end. - I loved it!
Get ready for an exhilarating, emotional, and gripping page turner.
This is a story that goes back and forth between the alternating perspectives of a mother, Maggie, and her daughter, Allison, who've been estranged for two years, but now find themselves being drawn back together after a devastating plane crash in the mountains leaves Allison fighting for her life.
Allison has survived the plane crash, but that is just the beginning. She has been living with a terrible secret, a truth that powerful men will kill to keep buried. If they know she’s alive, they will come for her.
Maggie Carpenter, Allison’s mother learns that her only child is presumed dead. Authorities have not recovered her body, giving Maggie hope that she is still alive. She, too, harbors a shameful secret. Maggie does not know anything about her daughter’s life now.
As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers. What was Allison running from, and can Maggie uncover the truth in time to save her?
When your life is a lie, the truth can kill you.
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.
If you are looking to be wrapped up in a well-told story, this is the historical fiction novel for you. The focus is the close, lifelong friendship between Dores, a kitchen maid born on the Riacho Doce sugar plantation in northeastern Brazil in 1920, and Graca Pimentel, the owner’s only child.
The book unfolds from Dores’ first-person perspective as she reflects on her friendship which provides unparalleled rewards and lasting losses. Dores has a compelling and fascinating voice. She is confident in her ability to write songs in a male-dominated arena, and her strength propels this unforgettable novel . The story considers what we owe to a relationship and how it shapes our lives.
Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is back, this time to investigate a historic barn that burned to the ground in the middle of the night. At first, there appears to be no foul play, and then Kate finds the body of an eighteen-year-old Amish man who was burned alive.
Did someone kill him? If so, who?
This is a complex story that deals with the intricacies of a tight-knit and close-lipped community. They will go to any lengths to protect their way of life, which Kate knows all too well, having been part of the Amish community herself in the past.
The story was fast-paced from beginning to end, with many twists and characters involved in the crime. I had no idea who had done what and was always on the edge of my seat.