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I’ve been checking books out of the library lately and unfortunately, nothing has grabbed my attention to the point where I don’t want to stop reading. 

I did just finish Ann Rule’s latest true crime book and I highly recommend it. Its a series of short true stories about crimes that have been committed, some unsolved. Here’s a link for it.

A book that was sent to me for review was the novel Swimming in the Moon byPamela Schoenewaldt. I read the author’s first book When We Were Strangers and loved it.

Here are the details from Goodreads:

In 1904, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her young mother Teresa are servants in a count’s lush villa on the Bay of Naples. Between scrubbing floors and polishing silver, Teresa soothes the unhappy countess with song until one morning’s calamity hurls mother and daughter to America, exchanging their gilded cage for icy winds off Lake Erie and Cleveland’s taut immigrant neighborhoods. Lucia blossoms and Teresa wins fleeting fame on the tawdry stage of vaudeville until old demons threaten their new life. In factories and workhouses, Lucia finds her own stage, giving voice to those who have given her a home. As roles reverse, mother and daughter reshape their fierce and primal bond.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this book a lot, the first half of the book really gripped me. The second half was good, but not as intense as the first- for me. I enjoy this authors writing style, pacing, plot and history which is all wound into a great story about young Lucia. The reader feels Lucia’s pain as she tries to take care of her mentally ill mother. Lucia must push her own plans aside to care for her mother, a task which is too demanding for a young girl. I just loved this author’s first novel and cannot wait to read whatever she writes next!

A fun read for your kindle, nook etc. is The Pecan Man by Cassie Selleck. This is a self published title and why it wasn’t picked up by a mainstream publisher, I do not know. Its good southern fiction, a story that kept me interested from beginning to end. If you have enjoyed books like The Help, The Kitchen House, or The Dry Grass of August, I think you’d like this one too!

Here are the details From Goodreads:

In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When he is arrested for murder, only Ora knows the truth about the man she calls Eddie. But truth is a fickle thing, and a lie is self-perpetuating. Ora and her maid Blanche soon find themselves in a web of lies that send an innocent man to prison for the rest of his life. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. Listen as she begins her story

And finally, I can’t wait to dig into this new novel, The Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor:

Daisy McCrae’s life is in tatters. She’s lost her job, broken up with her boyfriend, and has been reduced to living in the attic above her family’s store, the Union Street Bakery, while learning the business. Unfortunately, the bakery is in serious hardship. Making things worse is the constant feeling of not being a “real” McCrae since she was adopted as a child and has a less-than-perfect relationship with her two sisters.

Then a long-standing elderly customer passes away, and for some reason bequeaths Daisy a journal dating back to the 1850s, written by a slave girl named Susie. As she reads, Daisy learns more about her family—and her own heritage—than she ever dreamed. Haunted by dreams of the young Susie, who beckons Daisy to “find her,” she is compelled to look further into the past of the town and her family.

What are you reading? I’m always looking for the next novel that will pull me in and not let me go.