A Window Opens by Elizabeth Egan
Alice has a family, a great husband and a good life until the day her husband said he wouldn't make partner and wanted to start his own firm. Alice goes back to work after landing a dream job helping launch a publishing experience - Scroll. The trouble is that Scroll follows the business model of most young high tech companies - all in , no family obligations and availability 24/7 which doesn't leave any time to make cupcakes for the school PTA. Add to this her father being diagnosed with cancer and suddenly Alice doesn't have the dream life anymore. The moral of this tale is this- you cannot have it all. There are always choices, you will have to give something up and guilt will get the better of you.
That being said - you will enjoy Alice falling through the rabbit hole of this company and hoping that she finds the right cookie to get out. This is the Devil Wears Prada of the publishing field.
Charlotte (Charlie) has lost her young son tragically and is in mourning. She begins to have strange visions of dead kids and finds out from her grandmother that she too shares this gift. When Charlie is offered a writing job about a cold child kidnapping case on an old southern mansion, she sees it as an escape from the daily reminders of her son. Once at the grand mansion out in the bayou these visions begin to take an eerie turn as she believes they are coming from the little boy whose kidnapping she is investigating. The family is split as to why and what Charlie should be writing about and she soon finds herself knee deep in the troubled family history and secrets no one wants shared. There also is the new man in her life that has secrets of his own. Gothic ghost story so well conceived that you will find yourself smelling the heavy scent of magnolia, feel the dampness and listening to the whispers from the bayou.
Two young women journalists find themselves in a dangerous race to get through the German front and get to Paris for the liberation. They are young and innocent in the ways of war but with the help of a military photographer, they will go AWOL and get to the front to see the war first hand. Fletcher agrees to take them but soon realizes that he has taken responsibility for their lives and placed all of them in a very dangerous situation. He is a little bit in love with the very married Liv and Jane is very much attracted to him. The author brings out all the horrors of war and the intimacy of strangers tossed together in a bad situation. Real people like Eleanor Roosevelt and Ernie Pyle are mixed in with the fictional characters and you get the sense of what it must have been like to be there. You will never think of clean clothes and a real bath in the same way after this.
A Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
Noel lives with his beloved godmother Mattie and as the war begins to come closer to England, Mattie begins to slip. Noel covers for her as long as he can until she passes and then he is sent to distant relatives who then in turn pass him to the evacuation team until he ends up at an unusual house. Vee is desperate to make ends meet so she takes in Noel with no real idea of how to deal with a ten year old. The two begin a strange relationship that starts with need and ends with love and belonging. As they devise a plan to make money using less than legal methods it is Noel's sense of morality and decency that brings Vee around. Lissa Evans brings us the horror of the London bombings, the sounds and smells of the shelters and the fear that when you came up your world would forever be changed. It is Noel's sense of right and wrong will change the way that Vee views the world and she will discover that sometimes life gives you a second chance to do the right thing.
Lenora hasn't seen the bride to be in quite a long time and she isn't sure why she has been invited to the hen party nor does she feel like tromping out from London to the middle of the woods for the weekend but she goes because Claire (the bride) was a good friend. Once there, the tension and drama is thick amongst the guests until the situation gets much, much worse. Now if Lenora could only remember what happened and why she woke up in a hospital. You think you have an idea of what happened but you won't know for sure until the last page and that is why you will want to read Ruth Ware's debut in one sitting.
The Independent by Rick McGee
With the race for the Presidency heating up and mud already beginning to be flung what you really need is a book that tries to bring decency and fair play back to the race for office.
Sound boring ? Not at all, when you see what one man has to do to win the office but on his terms.
Coach Bob has seen the good and bad and along the way has tried his best to mentor the young men and women in his care while conducting a successful football program the right way, not the easy way. So when he sees the political machine in his state operating in an ineffective corrupt way he tackles it the way he tackles everything in life- the right way. Bob will draw from all those life lessons and face his biggest challenge yet- a Senate race using his wits and moral compass to navigate through the shark infested waters of Washington. Can he keep doing the right thing even though winning the race may mean losing someone very important to him.?
Do you believe in monsters? I do now and so will you after reading Jennifer McMahon's latest thriller.
An old motel, one small town, three girlfriends and a boy in love with two of them combined with one huge secret and you have this summer's hottest thriller. Tense, mysterious and downright creepy story line that begins with two sisters in a small town and jealousy and ends in tragedy years later. The moral of the story is- don't go digging too deep if you are not prepared for what you will find.
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