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Weekend Reading

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I got so excited when I saw Fiona Davis had written a new novel! I loved The Dollhouse and The Address, both are must reads especially for those who love historical fiction.  The Masterpiece is equally excellent and takes us to the iconic landmark of Grand Central Station in the 1920’s where young Clara, a talented painter, teaches at an art school located in the famous terminal.

We are also taken to the same place but during the 1970s, where Virginia is employed at the information desk. She accidentally stumbles upon the old art school and gets swept up in the mystery of a gorgeous painting signed by a mysterious artist named Clyde.

Fiona does a masterful job at hooking the reader from page one and building suspense, she always incorporates very interesting and little-known facts about history. I love New York City so much, so reading details about this place is a treat.

I wish the book was out sooner than August 2018,  because its SO GOOD and I want my fellow book lovers to enjoy it now. Put it on your Goodreads list or pre-order.

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Super, super excited to read The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. I remember reading her novel, Final Girls, while I was on a cruise last year and I was glued to the pages while lounging on the bed with a view of the ocean. That was pure bliss! Now I will be reading Riley’s new book in bed with my dogs which is equally blissful!

Here’s the scoop on this one:

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

I love the concept of this and cannot wait to start reading! Its getting amazing reviews on Goodreads from reviewers and will be out on July 10th.

 

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If you haven’t read Kristin Harmel‘s book, When We Meet Again, do it right now! It was SO GOOD. There is nothing like a sweeping historical novel to transport you then you must get this one and read it today.

Here’s her latest masterpiece:

When newlywed Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives in Paris in 1939 with her French husband Marcel, she imagines strolling arm in arm along the grand boulevards, awash in the golden afternoon light. But war is looming on the horizon, and as France falls to the Nazis, her marriage begins to splinter, too.

Charlotte Dacher is eleven when the Germans roll into the French capital, their sinister swastika flags snapping in the breeze. After the Jewish restrictions take effect and Jews are ordered to wear the yellow star, Charlotte can’t imagine things getting much worse. But then the mass deportations begin, and her life is ripped forever apart.

Thomas Clarke joins the British Royal Air Force to protect his country, but when his beloved mother dies in a German bombing during the waning days of the Blitz, he wonders if he’s really making a difference. Then he finds himself in Paris, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and he discovers a new reason to keep fighting—and an unexpected road home.

When fate brings them together, Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas must summon the courage to defy the Nazis—and to open their own broken hearts—as they fight to survive. Rich with historical drama and emotional depth, this is an unforgettable story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.

This one is categorized as Historical Romance, it is a nice change of pace if you are reading lots of thrillers like I have been!

 

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Doesn’t the cover of this book intrigue you? The Man on the Middle Floor by Elizabeth S. Moore has me very curious! I love the plot and can’t wait to get started on this mystery.

Take a look:

Despite living in the same three-flat house in the suburbs of London, the residents are strangers to one another. The bottom floor is home to Tam, a recent ex-cop who spends his days drowning his sorrows in whiskey. On the middle floor is Nick, a young man with Asperger’s who likes to stick to his schedules and routines. The top floor belongs to Karen, a doctor and researcher who has spent her life trying to understand the rising rates of autism.

They have lived their lives separately, until now, when an unsolved murder and the man on the middle floor connect them all together. Told from three points of view, The Man on the Middle Floor is about disconnection in all its forms; sexual, physical, parental and emotional. It questions whether society is meeting the needs of the fast growing autistic section of society, or exacerbating it.

This novel is due out in April 2018, coming soon!