Friday Book Talk



This week has been a blur! I was heavily engrossed in Kimberely Freeman’s new novel, Ember Island. Due out in April, this is another book that’s not to be missed, especially if you enjoyed the authors other novels, Lighthouse Bay, and Wildflower Hill.

Ember Island weaves together the present day story of Nina Jones, a bestselling author who moves to the remote Ember Island where she lives in her ancestral home called Starwater and tries to break out of her case of writers block.  Stuffed in some crumbling bricks, she discovers her grandmother’s diary…

…which brings us to the story of Tilly Kirkland, a young woman in 1890 England whose dying grandfather promised her hand in marriage to Jasper Dellafore. Excited to make a life with Jasper in Australia, Tilly is shocked and saddened when Jasper repeatedly rebuffs her love and she begins to question his motives in marrying her. She flees her loveless marriage and starts over as a governess to the daughter of a prison warden on Ember Island.

Once again Kimberley Freeman has merged two stories into one novel that you cannot put down! It was very good, I was sad to see the book end. Hurry up and write more, Kimberly!


I needed to switch gears and read something completely different- I needed to stop thinking of Tilly’s story-  so I started the memoir called Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan. WOW, if you like medical mysteries, you will enjoy this one. Susannah was (and is still) a young woman who was happily working at the New York Post one minute, and the next was suffering from a weird sickness that no one could properly diagnose.

Here’s what happened in a nutshell- an “unknown pathogen invaded her body and caused an autoimmune reaction that jump-started brain inflammation, paranoia, and seizures.” She suffered through catatonia, violence, seizures, and more horror than one person should ever experience.

This was a very compelling book and the phrase  ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ certainly applies. If you are into medical mysteries, you won’t want to miss this one.

I am finishing up the novel The Housemaid’s Daughter by Barbara Mutch, very good book.  I also want to remind you that The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is out on April 1st. I really enjoyed that novel and don’t want you to miss it!

What are you reading right now?

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