books

 

Let’s get right to our Friday book talk!

I am a big fan of Sarah Addison Allen’s and have read all of her novels so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this new book, Lost Lake. 

Lost Lake is a place where Kate Pheris spent a magical summer when she was a teenager. She has fond memories of the place and when her husband dies, she leaves her domineering mother-in-law and brings her daughter to Lost Lake. Here, she reconnects with her Aunt Eby who has run the place for decades. Lost Lake is about to be sold to a conniving realtor who has big plans to tear down the cabins surrounding the lake.

At Lost Lake, Kate is able to put her life back together and share the magical place with her young daughter, Devin.  Lost Lake is a quick moving, fun, sweet page turner that keep me interested from beginning to end.

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You probably know author Sue Monk Kidd from her bestselling novel The Secret Life of Bees which is one of my all time favorite books. Her newest book, The Invention Of Wings has just been published and its another good one!

The story focuses on young Hetty “Handful” Grimke, in late nineteeth century Charleston. Hetty is a slave at the home of the wealthy Grimke family. Hetty is given to young Sarah who doesn’t believe in slavery and has a strong mind of her own. Sarah longs to do things that women are simply not allowed to do, starting with giving Hetty her freedom.

The story begins when the girls are eleven and continues into their adulthood when Sarah refuses to allow society’s rules about women to be imposed on her. She suffers the loss of love, her relationship with her mother, friends and so much more to speak out in what she believes in. Its a riveting story made all the more interesting knowing that Sarah Grimke was a real person.

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This novel won’t be out until August so mark your calenders and place your order! Jojo Moyes, the author of Me Before You (I’ve recommended this one to everyone I know because its SO GOOD) is coming out with a new novel called One Plus One and its awesome. I didn’t want it to end!

Jess is a poor, struggling single mother who’s husband has up and left her with no money, a car that barely runs and a teenage step son who keeps getting bullied and a super smart, math obsessed daughter. To make ends meet, she cleans houses and works part time at a pub. There’s nothing in her life that is going well including trying to come up with the funds to send her daughter to a private school where she can study math.

Enter Ed, the stuck up tech millionaire who is about to be investigated for passing along financial information illegally that may send him to jail. Their two lives converge when Ed ends up driving Jess and her kids across the country so her daughter can participate in the math Olympiad for a hefty sum of money that will help with the private school tuition. Only on this trip, anything that can go wrong does and just when you think it can’t get any worse… it does!  This was a great novel, it was funny and heart warming and just what you’d come to expect from author JojoMoyes!

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I am so excited to begin The Forgetten Seamstress by Liz Trenow. This novel is right up my alley! Check out the description: It is 1910 and Maria, a talented young girl from the East end of London, is employed to work as a seamstress for the royal family. As an attractive girl, she soon catches the eye of the Prince of Wales and she in turn is captivated by his glamour and intensity.

But careless talk causes trouble and soon Maria’s life takes a far darker turn. Disbelieved and dismissed she is thrown into a mental asylum, shut away from the real world with only her needlework for company.  Can a beautiful quilt, discovered many years later, reveal the truth behind what happened to Maria? 

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Right this minute I’m almost done with a novel called What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman (this book also features a mental asylum!) and I’m totally into the story. I cant wait to see how it ends because I’m hooked. Read the synopsis and add it to your To Read list here.