books

My favorite time of day is night. Once it gets dark, I do a little yoga, take a hot shower and get right into bed with a good book and my dog. It’s a slice of heaven in an otherwise busy day. If I wanted to get really fancy, I’d brew some tea and light a candle.

Here’s what I’ve been reading lately, have you read any of these? 

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Note: Its not THE Orphan Train as I kept writing it and definitely not The Oprah Train as I also typed it a few times. 

Goodreads synopsis:  A captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

My thoughts: This book held my interest from page one. I absolutely loved it and didn’t want it to end. The story of young Vivian had me in tears. This poor orphan was moved from place to place until she was finally found a safe and loving home. Her story is intertwined with teenage Molly, a Goth girl who has been in and out of foster care and has yet to find a permanent home. Vivian and Molly strike up a friendship and as Molly learns about Vivian’s life, she grows to care about and respect her, changing herself in the process. So good. Read it!

Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell

Goodreads synopsis: Having grown up on the quiet island of Guernsey, Betty Dean can’t wait to start her new life in London. On a mission to find Clara Pickle – the mysterious beneficiary in her grandmother’s will – she arrives in grungy, 1990s Soho, ready for whatever life has to throw at her.  In 1920s bohemian London, Arlette – Betty’s grandmother – is starting her new life in a time of post-war change. Beautiful and charismatic, Arlette is soon drawn into the hedonistic world of the Bright Young People. But less than two years later, tragedy strikes and she flees back to Guernsey for the rest of her life.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I especially liked reading about Arlette’s life in the 1920’s. Betty is a fun, sweet character and I found myself wanting her to really succeed.  The mystery surrounding the girl named Clara Pickle was intriguing as was Arlette’s  love affair with a musician in London in the 1920’s.

The Obituary Writer by Anne Hood

Goodreads: On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between these two women will change Claire’s life in unexpected and extraordinary ways.

My thoughts: I enjoyed this book, especially  the settings of the 1960’s and the 1920’s. The two women are connected but the reader does not know how until close to the end of the novel. The Obituary Writer is a quick read, the pages turn and the story is intriguing.