Books

Weekend Reading

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This week, I read The Ex by Alafair Burke, it was a great book and I am now officially a fan of this author who wrote the recently published novel, The Wife. I highly recommend her books! I just put a reserve from the library on another book from Alafair and am eagerly awaiting it!

Here’s what you need to know: 

Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart.

Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?

For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

Here is what’s on my reading list for this weekend and the upcoming week!

 

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I was immediately intrigued by the description of Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. This sounds like the kind of story I could get completely lost in, the best kind in my opinion. The mention of a middle-aged woman from New Jersey immediately caught my attention because I AM a middle-aged woman and NJ is my home state. And I also have a stubborn daughter!

 

Willa Knox has always prided herself on being the embodiment of responsibility for her family. Which is why it’s so unnerving that she’s arrived at middle age with nothing to show for her hard work and dedication but a stack of unpaid bills and an inherited brick home in Vineland, New Jersey, that is literally falling apart. The magazine where she worked has folded, and the college where her husband had tenure has closed. The dilapidated house is also home to her ailing and cantankerous Greek father-in-law and her two grown children: her stubborn, free-spirited daughter, Tig, and her dutiful debt-ridden, ivy educated son, Zeke, who has arrived with his unplanned baby in the wake of a life-shattering development.

In an act of desperation, Willa begins to investigate the history of her home, hoping that the local historical preservation society might take an interest and provide funding for its direly needed repairs. Through her research into Vineland’s past and its creation as a Utopian community, she discovers a kindred spirit from the 1880s, Thatcher Greenwood.

A science teacher with a lifelong passion for honest investigation, Thatcher finds himself under siege in his community for telling the truth: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting new theory recently published by Charles Darwin. Thatcher’s friendships with a brilliant woman scientist and a renegade newspaper editor draw him into a vendetta with the town’s most powerful men. At home, his new wife and status-conscious mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal, and dismiss his financial worries and the news that their elegant house is structurally unsound.

I am excited to read this one!

 

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Do you, like me, get so excited when you see a favorite author has come out with a new novel? Do you also search online for authors to see when they are coming out with new books? I have been eagerly awaiting the new book by Shari Lapena, also checking to see if Peter Swanson is coming out with anything new. I’m obsessive about books and authors! I can spend hours online reading about books and scanning deals to see what I can look forward to.

When I saw Eagle and Crane by Suzanne Rindell, I knew I had to get my book loving hands on it. She has written two other captivating novels, The Other Typist and Three Martini Lunch. Both books were very, very good.

I love a suspenseful, historical novel. And Suzanne Rindell is a master!

Louis Thorn and Haruto “Harry” Yamada — Eagle and Crane — are the star attractions of Earl Shaw’s Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated relationship, thanks to the Thorn family’s belief that the Yamadas — Japanese immigrants — stole land that should have stayed in the Thorn family.

When Louis and Harry become aerial stuntmen, performing death-defying tricks high above audiences, they’re both drawn to Shaw’s smart and appealing stepdaughter, Ava Brooks. When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and one of Shaw’s planes mysteriously crashes and two charred bodies are discovered in it, authorities conclude that the victims were Harry and his father, Kenichi, who had escaped from a Japanese internment camp they had been sent to by the federal government. To the local sheriff, the situation is open and shut. But to the lone FBI agent assigned to the case, the details don’t add up.

Thus begins an investigation into what really happened to cause the plane crash, who was in the plane when it fell from the sky, and why no one involved seems willing to tell the truth. By turns an absorbing mystery and a fascinating exploration of race, family and loyalty, Eagle and Crane is that rare novel that tells a gripping story as it explores a terrible era of American history.

I wonder what would happen if I just dedicated a full week to nothing but reading?

 

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In between all of my fiction reading, I also make time for non-fiction. I’m starting this book, Your Life Path by Dr. Linda K. Watts shortly. I also need advice, help, thoughts, positive energy as I try to live my best life.  LIVE YOUR DREAM NOW is what she says on the cover, and Linda, tell me how!

Here’s what you need to know: 

Your Life Path provides a self-discovery–based personal growth and development toolkit. It applies the concept of life mapping, which is a simple, fun, and comprehensive method for reflecting on your past and “re-modeling” your future. This is the perfect book for anyone facing significant life transitions or who simply desires to gain greater awareness about his or her own life story.

Your Life Path combines rich, well-illustrated discussion from the author’s extensive research and case studies with practical, hands-on creative tools that engage and guide the life mappers through a gradual, self-paced repertoire of journaling, active imagination, and creative representation tools in order to help them realize their value-driven goals and arrive at a better understanding of some of their most persistent inner conflicts.

Dr. Watts’s program helps life mappers strengthen adaptive strategies in order to enrich their life’s journey and assist them in achieving their dreams.

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I really don’t know how authors like Diane Chamberlain and Karen White consistently write these incredible, detailed novels that are SO GOOD and come out almost yearly. Its very hard to write and research and put together a book that pulls readers in from page one but Diane Chamberlain does it every single time. I have read many of her books and they are always excellent.

Here is her newest, The Dream Daughter. I don’t even need to check out a synopsis because I already know I’m going to love it. But here’s one for you:

When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back.

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part. And all for the love of her unborn child.

This one comes out in October 2018, I am so lucky to have received an advance copy. Pre-order now!