The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Alice Prosperpine is the grand daughter of a famous novelist with a mysterious allure. She wrote a strange collection of fairy tales about the "Hinterland" and then lived as a recluse in her estate called the Hazel Wood. Alice and her mother have been on the run all of Alice's life going from city to city like gypsies until her grandmother's death. Alice is back on the run after her mother is taken and strange people are after Alice. Joining forces with a Hinterland groupie, Alice goes out in search of Hazel Wood and her mother. What she discovers is not what she expected. This Alice, like the other fairy tale, tumbles head first down a very dark rabbit hole into a spirit world she didn't know existed.
This is a fairy tale turned horror story - a dream sequence that is worse during the day than at night where reality is what you fear the most. Great young adult crossover this will appeal to anyone who likes their fairy tales dark and fearful.
Hanna followed her mother in the honored position that only women hold in Korea, that of diver which is what she was doing the day she was taken. By trying to protect her hidden little sister, she makes herself seen by the Japanese soldiers who then kidnap her and force her to become a "comfort woman". She is little more than a child herself but is cruelly abused by a steady stream of soldiers one in particular who claims her for his own. Hanna keeps her head held high and never gives in, instead looking for any means of escape. Years pass and Hanna's little sister is now an old woman with children and grandchildren of her own. She has never stopped looking for her sister and is hoping to find answers by speaking to survivors at a demonstration. She has never told her family about her past and her family. War time cruelty knows no bounds and sadly happens in every culture and in every war. Hanna's story is just one of thousands and it will leave a lasting impression on you.
Killer Choice by Tom Hunt
Gary and Beth are expecting their first child after years of trying when they get the bad news. Beth has a brain tumor and her only chance is applying for a drug trial that will cost over $200,000 - money they don't have. They have little time to raise the cash and have barely scratched the surface through phone calls when Gary gets a strange offer - kill a crooked cop and get all the money they need for the trial. This is a story of the lengths normal people are willing to go in abnormal situations. We all have the power to lie, steal and kill to save our loved ones right?
From one of the Downton Abbey creators comes a delicious mystery sure to keep Miss Mary up at night. Louisa luckily flees her abusive uncle by jumping off a train and then ends up as a nursery maid for the Mitfords. She is happy at the manor house and becomes very fond of the oldest daughter Nancy. Soon the two, with the aid of a young train investigator, become engrossed in solving a horrible murder- that of a nurse who was killed on a train and discovered as Louisa ended up at the station. The problem is that this murder investigation comes dangerously close to uncovering Louisa's secret past. Louisa must decide who she can confide in and somehow keep the young and impetuous Nancy Mitford out of trouble. Adventure, discreet romance and an Agatha Christie worthy mystery - who murdered Nurse Flo is sure to be gossiped about upstairs and downstairs.
Need to Know by Karen Cleveland
If you have ever binge watched "The Americans" or loved "The Expats" this is your book! Vivian and Matt have the perfect life. With the exception of one of their infant twins having health complications the other kids are doing great and their marriage is solid. Matt is an amazing dad who works from home when he can, manages the house and the kid's busy schedules because his wife's job takes her away from home. Vivian is a CIA agent about to break into a Russian spy cell. She is also about to get a nasty surprise. You think you know your spouse, your kids, your own mind - think again. The reader follows Vivian down the rabbit hole into Wonderland not trusting anything or anyone. This
is a rock solid debut thriller by a former CIA agent that will having staying up late and looking strangely at everyone close to you. This one is going to be huge!
Eternal Life by Dara Horn
This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exactly what Rachel and the boy's father did in biblical times. Rachel has watched her hundreds of children grow old, outlived all of her husbands only to die and be reborn as someone new. Her true love also made the pact and they continue to meet up but never stay together for long. When one of Rachel's grandchildren tries to study the secret of her longevity and asks for a DNA sample for a study her world spins out of control. The blend of old Hebrew teachings made modern and the flashbacks back to Rachel's first life is magical.
Mary Pickford and Frances Marion took Hollywood by storm in the fledgling years of the movies and birth of the huge studios. Both took gambles and gave up much of their lives to become the best in the business although they were constantly inspected, measured and diminished because of their sex. Frances was able to rise above it but fame took much from Mary in the end. It was true then and is still true today - the public idolizes celebrities and doesn't want their image of them tarnished with real life events. You had to choose your friends and spouses carefully because someone was always waiting in the shadows looking for you to fall off that pedestal. Melanie Benjamin does what she does so well -showing us the real women not the myth, with all their frailties, grit and spirit. Historical bio-fiction doesn't get any better.
Veronica Speedwell and her coworker/love interest Stoker are never content cataloging dusty specimens for the museum so when Stoker's archeologist friend goes missing along with a looted Egyptian treasure they pool their detective skills and go off in search of answers and the treasure.
Deanna Raybourn delivers all you could want in a Victorian whodunit plus the added bonus of snarky wit and clues into the ever elusive Stoker's past.
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Darrow and his friends are in power and content with their children growing up together and all the glory that came after the Revolution. They are starting to act like the Golds they sought to kick out of power ten years previous. Elsewhere in the Universe, Lyria has only known hard work, poverty and suffering in the Mars camps and then one day her life explodes as they are butchered. By doing the right thing and saving someone important she earns a safe place for her nephew and herself. Can she trust her good fortune? The Revolution should have brought peace but instead it ushered in another Revolution. This is the first of a new series that begins ten years after "Morning Star".
Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
Clara Kelly left Ireland in a hurry to America hoping for a way to support herself and send money to support her family left at home. A mix-up over a name leaves her with a unique opportunity. She takes on the role of the other Clara and becomes the ladies maid to the Carnegie matriarch. Knowing almost nothing of her role she keeps her wits and eyes sharp and soon becomes indispensable. Andrew, the oldest son and head of the growing empire, is taken with Clara not only for her looks but for her brain. In quiet clandestine meetings they talk about books and business sharing everything but the truth. Can love be based on a lie and is love worth the risk if your family's survival is riding on it? Quiet historical fiction with a built-in moral dilemma.
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