This book is set in the countryside of the English Moors. Dan lives alone in his barn where he constructs beautiful Celtic harps. Living this solitary life suits Dan perfectly, as he tends to get uncomfortable in most social situations. On the other hand, there is Ellie, the Exmoor Housewife who comes across Dan's barn during one of her walks in the woods. Ellie has everything she could ever ask for; the perfect loving husband, friends, and her poems. Yet, she can't help but feel like something is missing. Dan and Ellie form an unlikely friendship and Ellie realizes that Dan and his harps may be just the thing she has been missing. Ellie And The Harpmaker is one of my all-time favorite books, I could not put it down!
Spoon, is one of the best picture books I have ever read, hands down.
In this book, the main character is a little Spoon who is having a hard time remembering just how special he is. He feels a little lately like, “life as a spoon just isn’t cutting it.”
Sometimes we forget that what makes us different and sets us apart also makes us unique and special. This book serves as the perfect reminder for anyone of any age.
The Nickel Boys tells the story of Elwood, a black boy abandoned by his parents at a young age and raised by his grandmother. There is nothing Elwood loves more than reading, education, and Martin Luther King Jr. He by no means needs any reform. After being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Elwood is sent to the abusive Nickel Reform School for boys.
The Nickel School is based on a real-life reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. This book sheds light on an intensely dark time in US history. While this book was very sad, Colson Whitehead did an incredible job showcasing how one person's strength and courage can inspire and affect others.
Ally Smith feels like she has the perfect life.
She was raised in a small town by her caring father after her mother got sick and died when Ally was young. At least that's what her father always told her.
Turns out, Ally has been missing for more than fifteen years…
I loved this book because it emphasizes the idea that even when life seems to be crashing down around you and all hope is lost, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
The Kissing Hand has always been one of my favorite children's picture books. This book is a heartwarming story of a mother's love and the reassurance and warmth it brings. It was first published in 1993 and has been a favorite of mothers and children since. My mother read The Kissing Hand to me as a child, and I hope someday to read it to my children as well.
This sweet, funny, romantic, and at times heartbreaking coming of age book tells the story of Ruby - the daughter of two classical music geniuses.
Ruby has always assumed that she will be a musician just like her parents and siblings but after her audition to Amberly does not go quite according to plan, she is forced to brainstorm other career paths.
Enter Oscar, the brilliant musician discovered on YouTube, studying composing with Ruby's father…
I loved this book because it features an interracial relationship, and really highlights the importance of putting yourself in someone else's shoes.
After reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, I knew I had to read the novel Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker. This book was beautifully written and captures Mr. Rochester's story perfectly. Sarah Shoemaker does an excellent job giving this book the classic feel of a Charlotte Bronte novel.
Sarah Dessen has always been one of my go to young adult authors, this book did not disappoint. I enjoyed this book because throughout it I got to witness the main character Emma Saylor's relatable journey as a struggling teen just trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be. The Rest of the Story begins after the tragic death of Emma's mother from a drug overdose. Her sudden death leaves Emma with a lot of unanswered questions about her past and her family. A sudden unplanned trip to her mother's hometown of Lake North to visit the family she never knew existed leaves Emma wondering if maybe now she'll get some of the answers she has been looking for, and she may even find love along the way. I loved this book because it highlights the importance of good character, loyal friendships, and family. If you're looking for a sweet summer coming of age romance story this is the book for you.
I have never really been one to enjoy mystery-thriller books, however I could not put this one down. I finished it in one day.
This book takes a close look at the crumbling relationship between Suzette and her mute, violent, stubborn seven-year-old daughter Hanna. It doesn’t help that Hanna acts like a sweet, innocent, and perfect child around her father, Suzette’s husband, Alex.
This story is a terrible downward spiral that I could not look away from.
If you are looking for a feel-good and charming summer romance, this is the book for you.
The Summer Cottage is set in Adie Lou’s old family cottage in Saugatuck, Michigan.
After dealing with her parents passing and her failing marriage, Adie Lou realizes that she must be true to herself and follow her heart like her loving parents always wanted her to do.
Adie Lou quits her job in the city and moves to Saugatuck to turn the run-down Cozy Cottage into a B&B, which proves to be more difficult then she first thought it would be.
Anything can be done though, with some help from old friends and possible more-than-friend, Scott “Scooter” Stevens.
This book shares the message that it is never too late to pursue your dreams and find happiness.