Hundreds of thousands of Spanish people are fleeing their homes after fascists take over the government following the Spanish Civil War. Roser and Victor are among those refugees. Victor is the brother of Roser’s deceased love and husband. Left pregnant and widowed, Roser marries Victor in order to ensure protection for Roser on their epic journey to Chile, the long petal of the sea.
This story is filled with excitement, hope, love, and war. I loved A Long Petal of the Sea and if you’re a lover of historical fiction, this book is most definitely worth a read.
Sophie Evans is a junior in high school trying to figure a way out of her small southern town and to New York to pursue her big dreams in the big city. Since she works at the only florist in her small town, she finds herself setting up arrangements at every event, big or small.
To her dismay, the snobbish and arrogant son of famous new-to-town chef Jett Hart is also required to be at every event, taking photos for his father. What starts out as mutual hatred gradually develops into a unique friendship, and possibly more, after these two realize that just maybe they have more in common then they first thought.
Maybe This Time is a sweet young adult romance and coming of age story all about finding yourself and never judging a book by its cover. This is the perfect light read for escaping from reality.
Everything was going just fine in Oak Knoll, a tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, until the Whitmans moved in. As a professor of forestry and ecology, it is fair to say that Valerie Alston- Holt loves her trees and has done her fair share of tree-hugging. Her favorite tree though, is the grand 6- feet in diameter, historic one that stands right on the property line between the Whitman's brand new home, and Valerie's. When Valerie begins to notice that her tree, the one she loves almost as much as her son, is beginning to die, she decides to take a stand. One that begins a feud between the two families. Caught in the crossfire in this war between neighbors are star-crossed lovers, Xavier Alston- Holt and Juniper Whitman.
One of my favorite parts of this story is the way it is told. Therese Anne Fowler has written this novel in a way that includes us, the readers, in as if we were a part of this story and neighborhood ourselves. Beautifully heartbreaking, this novel shines a light on topics like race, class, and even sexual assault. This was an excellent read, and I couldn't put it down.
Mia is haunted by the horrible accident that completely altered her life forever. As a result of that accident, her sister is now dead, her mother has abandoned her, her father can’t bear to look at her, and on top of it all, a scar that takes up one half of her face won’t allow her to heal and move on. After being sent to NYC to begin the healing process on her own, Mia meets the exuberant, spontaneous, blue-haired Fig, who introduces Mia to her equally eccentric group of friends. Together these friends, in particular, Cooper, show Mia that there is still room in her heart for love and happiness.
This book has everything a great coming of age story should - tragedy followed by self- growth, acceptance, and love. We Were Beautiful by Heather Hepler shines a light on the message that truly accepting love and forming meaningful relationships starts with loving and accepting yourself and all of your flaws. You definitely won’t regret picking this one up.I sure didn’t!