Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
Time travel that hits a snag. Kin is a secret agent who goes to the past to hunt down bad guys until something goes wrong and he gets stuck. He makes the best of it - starts a new career, falls in love and has a child. Life is good until the future comes back for him. There are rules to prevent complications and it will mean erasing Kin's involvement in the past - everything and his daughter. Even though Kin was happy in his future life before he got stuck, it is still a big adjustment coming back and he can't face the idea of failing his daughter back in the past. Against the laws and what is best for his safety, Kin must find a way to get back to the past and save his daughter. Warning - the ending will have you diving for the tissue box. This is a feel-good time travel book with a big-hearted hero just trying to do right by everyone.
Out Of The Dark by Greg Hurwitz
This is Jason Bourne meets Jack Reacher - a fast-paced thriller chock full of dirty Washington politicians faced off against the secret orphan assassins they helped to create. Evan, known as Orphan X, is a smooth-talking nice guy with a big heart and a big gun who must stop the President before he wipes out all trace of his involvement with the secret program and all of the participants. There are an equal number of good guys vs. bad guys action plus some unlikely heroes. This, as in the other Orphan X novels, is a solid thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat rooting for the good guys.
The Current by Tim Johnston
Two young women travel from their southern college back to Minnesota in the dead of winter when they have a tragic accident and their car is nudged into a frigid river leaving only one girl alive. The survivor makes her way only to find herself dealing with the death of her ex-Sheriff dad and her drowned friend. The town is mourning with her but this latest incident brings up a lot of hate and suspicion over an unsolved murder of a young girl years before. This is a slow burn - a frigid conservative Minnesotan town that is suffering from reopened wounds and more questions. There is violence but also great compassion and understanding. Just like the title the swift current carries you along, leaving you no time to take in the scenery because you are too busy looking for something in the river that will drag you under.
The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott
Rebecca and Paul have the perfect marriage or did before Paul's construction business went sideways, Rebecca's Pharmaceutical Reps career and her sampling went off kilter and Paul's eyes began to stray - you get the idea. So now after almost twenty years we have the perfect disaster for the perfect marriage. Each spouse is holding back key secrets, each is far from being the perfect partner and each may have a good reason to eliminate the other. Throw in a psychotic jilted lover and a murder or two and you have the perfect plot for an edge of your seat thriller. You won't know what the heck is going on right up until the unusual, but oddly fitting, ending and you can start to breathe again. Perfect for anyone who loves their thrillers full of unreliable witnesses.
Jennie Churchill was a force to reckoned with - a brazen American who could not be tamed by her less than romantic husband nor the British aristocracy. She captivated and shocked people in equal measure and was not the model mother to Winston Churchill or his brother. Stephanie Barron paints a no holds bar portrait of a fascinating woman who may have broken every rule but was fiercely loyal and inspired her wimpy son to achieve greatness. The one thing she craved was the love and attention of the one man she could never have. This should be your next read if you enjoy stories of women whose energy and spirit could not be dampened by convention.
The second book in the trilogy is just as magical and clever as the first. Welcome to a world of magic carpet rides, assassins and political backstabbing between magical beings and humans. The adventure awaits, the pace is frenetic, the danger is so real you can taste it. The world is in unrest and Nahri, forced to marry a prince to save her people must now try to heal political wounds as much as the physical ones inflicted on her friends and people. Fantastic world building with its roots in ancient middle eastern folklore and wings of imagination and some ferocious female characters.
Learning To See by Elise Hooper
Dorothea Lange, the famous photographer, was lucky her money got stolen that day and she and her friend ended up staying in San Francisco. She went from starting as a portrait photographer to pay the rent to become one of this country's leading artistic activists of the Depression Era and beyond. She wasn't the greatest wife, mother or possible friend but she made up for it in her determination to show the world the injustice in front of them through her stark photos. This is a riveting portrait of a woman ahead of her time, who refused to sit by and make pretty pictures when the poor and ill-treated had nowhere to turn and no one to speak for them.
Not many people are familiar with the brave Night Witches, a group of pilots who flew countless bombing missions during WWII. This is most likely due to these reasons - they were all women, Russian and they were told not to discuss what they did during the war and the pivotal role they played. Stalin needed pilots and agreed to a risky plan to train a select group of young women who would fly into enemy Germany and run nightly bombing missions. The work was difficult, required great aviation skill as many times they could add fog to the already dangerous night flying and was extremely dangerous. Stalin was also clear on something else - you could not be captured nor could you retreat or your family would suffer the consequences. As with all of Elizabeth Wein's books you are completely immersed into what these almost unheard of inexperienced women went through. In a world filled with and run by men, the 588th Night Bomber Regiment outperformed their male counterparts without complaint. This makes a great companion book to Kate Quinn's THE HUNTRESS coming out in February.
Sisters Militza and Stana fight their way through the Russian court using spiritualism, charm, black magic and manipulation of the Tsar and Tsarina. They married into the court but learn quickly that the way to power is to control Tsarina Alexandra. With every daughter born, Alexandra becomes more despondent and willing to try any magic or listen to any religious charlatan that the sisters send to her.
This is a different side of the Romanov court where incredible waste and riches gave way to superstition and desperation. When the sisters discover Rasputin they unknowingly unleash a monster that could mean their downfall. Politics, history, court gossip and the incredible sexual escapades of Rasputin are all shared in great detail. The author has spent time doing her research but there were times I wanted to skim to get to the action.
Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen
Ruth and Millie don't get along. As they were growing up the insecurities and jealousies that almost all sisters experience drove a wedge between them. When younger sister Millie is forced to come live with Ruth and her family on base both sisters learn what it means to be a family and what is important. Another amazing story of the impact that women had on the World War II war effort and tackling challenges on the homefront that no other women before them had to deal with. Fear, bigotry, family, and friendship - these tough women had what it takes. Fans of women's historical fiction and friendship stories will love this.
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