The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
Emily loves Adam, Adam loves his mother, Pammie and Pammie doesn't love Emily. Will Adam still love Emily? We choose who we love and hope that they will love your family and you will love theirs. Pammie is a girlfriends worst nightmare and has her two sons jumping through hoops. She can be sweet as pie and then strike with deadly force. As long as Adam does what his mother asks then life is fine but the minute Emily and Adam go against the plan, trouble begins. A tense thriller with an ending I didn't see coming.
A wonderful coming-of-age western in the same vein as "True Grit". Jess is left alone at 17. Her dad dead and her brother gone, she leaves the ranch with the intention of finding Noah, an outlaw, and bringing him back. She dresses like a boy and tries to act tough, keeping to herself and avoiding too many questions but along the way she has trouble knowing who to trust and open herself too. Violent and written in a completely authentic voice, your heart will break for this tough girl who wanted only to be loved and regain the family she once knew. Jess is the true spirit of the West. She has seen hard times and done what she had to do to survive but shows such tenderness to her horse and people she meets along the way.
Vox by Christina Dalcher
The Conservative Party is in power and the U.S. has mandated that every woman and girl be fitted with a pretty version of a shock collar bracelet. When you speak the bracelet counts your words and after your one hundred a day allotment every word you speak, you will be in pain. For Jean, a respected bio researcher and mother of three boys and a young girl, this lack of freedom is killing her. When an opportunity arises that will remove the bracelets from herself and her daughter for the length of time the project exists, she jumps at the chance. What she soon finds after being reunited with her old research team and ex-lover is something so shocking that the world may never be the same again. This is a frightening look at a dystopic society that feels all too plausible and in a sense already silencing women in other countries. The thought of it happening in our society makes it scary - take away their voice and you take away their power. A stunning debut, similar in intensity to "A Handmaid's Tale" and sure to make more than a few women very angry.
Kya was pretty much on her own from age 6. She watched her mom walk down the path and each brother and sister until she was left alone with Pa, who when he wasn't drunk and beating her, was gone for extended periods. Kya learned to fend for herself and stay clear of those people who only ridiculed her or would take her away from her beloved marsh home. Those few she did trust were limited to a kindly gas dealer and his wife and a kind boy who saw her for who she really was - the only people who didn't look down their noses at the "Marsh Rat". Whenever she let her guard down and was disappointed she ran to the marsh - its inhabitants gave her food, shelter, and company never judging. The secondary story comes into play when she is a teenager and the body of a clean-cut town boy is found dead. Delia Owens illuminates Kya's marsh for us in all its splendor. Her poetic prose settles on you and pulls you through like a soft summer night with crickets and frogs singing you a low country lullaby. Beautifully crafted, this story will haunt you well after the last page.
The Sea Queen by Linnea Hartsuyker
Ragnvald the half-drowned king is still fighting battles to keep his kingdom and fight for Harald who will be the King of all Norway. This powerful sequel to THE HALF-DROWNED KING features more tough Viking women - none more fierce than Svanhild, dubbed the Sea Queen. While most women were passed from family to family for political alliances or survival, Svanhild knew better than most men how to play to win. She was a superior sea captain and understood the politics better than most men. Linnea Hartsuyker takes the old Norse legends and breathes new life into them with these remarkable characters. Her research is first rate and she creates a very believable picture of what the Vikings were like - all the drama, politics and violence. This is the book to read if you have never missed an episode of VIKINGS or love the family drama of GAME OF THRONES.
Feared by Lisa Scottoline
These ladies get themselves into a few messes but this is one they might not recover from. Just when everything seems to be settling down at Rosato & DiNunzio the firm is hit with a whopper of a lawsuit aimed at them for reverse discrimination by a bitter colleague and the one male attorney on staff seems to be the problem. Things get even worse when that male attorney is murdered and more secrets come out. Even Mary's family and the Tonys have trouble with this case and Mary's pregnancy isn't helping. Who knew murder could be so much fun! I love these strong women and this case is so timely.
The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
I like to think that Fiona Davis has found an unusual niche - historical architectural fiction. She breathes life into treasures of New York City and with this book, looks at the wonders of the Grand Central Terminal. This dual story focuses on two women trying to find their place and the artwork and building that unites them. Clara is the only female art instructor at an art school housed in the Terminal in the late 20's. The Depression is coming and she has lofty dreams of making it as a fine artist not just being known for her cover illustrations in women's fashion magazines. Virginia, in the 70's, is a single mom trying to jump-start her life and career after a nasty divorce and bout of Cancer that left her feeling vulnerable. Virginia lands a job at the Terminal and begins to find her feet exploring the now dingy terminal and finding treasure in the cobwebbed rooms of the old art school. It is this treasure and the fight to preserve and save the Grand Central Terminal that gives Virginia her voice and joins her to her soul mate Clara. This is about art preservation, the soul, and beauty found in old buildings and the inner strength of women finding their voice. Bravo to Fiona Davis on yet another masterpiece.
When you read as much as I do it is a real treat when you find a book that makes you want to read slow to savor and absorb the writing and it is with great pleasure that I share with you that this is that kind of book! A story, a relationship and an awakening for both of the main characters relayed through letters shared by an English country farmer's wife to a curator at a Danish museum. You will be rewarded not only in getting to know these warm, honest quiet thinkers but also about the Iron Age and the famous bog man - Tollund Man housed at the museum. It is a quiet story that will have you enthralled with the characters and make you realize how difficult and rewarding an average life can be. Tina begins her letter writing to recover from the loss of a dear friend, her anchor and ends up helping the curator who is lost and doesn't even know it. You will want to sit down and write a letter and demand a letter in return if only to feel the same sense of accomplishment and permanence that these two people share. I wanted to start the book from the beginning as soon as I read the last page - it doesn't get any better than that.
This is a work of fiction but it is borne of truth - Sally Horner was abducted by a pedophile from her hometown of Camden New Jersey when she was eleven years old. It is a novel of loss - loss of Sally's childhood innocence, of trust in her family coming to her rescue and in those who she felt understood her. It is also a novel of hope - for every person who tried to help her along the way, for her brother-in-law who never gave up following leads and pressuring the police and for the hope that gave Sally courage. It was a parent's greatest fear in 1948 when it happened and it is still their greatest fear today. I'm sure this incredible story of courage will inspire people who think that something is wrong to speak up and act. Beautifully written and incredibly sad, this story gets into your soul and doesn't let go.
Our House by Louise Candlish
People do stupid things and there are adjustments made and life goes on. Bram did a stupid thing and his wife wanted a divorce because of it but then he continued to do even more stupid things and the fun began. Fiona comes home after her time away only to find her house has been sold and people are moving into it. Thinking it must be a scam, she goes ballistic but then fears the worst as she cannot find her husband and her sons know nothing about it or where their father is. At this point in the story, you should cancel any plans because you will need to sit and finish it in one sitting. An excellently paced British thriller that is unbelievable yet totally believable at the same time. You will be very wary of everyone for some time.
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