The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd This sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies ... Read More »
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy–but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than ... Read More »
Empty mansions : the mysterious life of Huguette Clark and the spending of a great American fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
I admit that I like my non-fiction to “read like fiction”. I want a story that captures my imagination with facts and fascinating characters. I want to learn something big about the subject……. and I want it to be entertaining. That is a tall order, I know. Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. is all that and more. What ... Read More »
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, ... Read More »
Murder in the Palais Royal is set in Paris of the 1990s and features Aimée Leduc, owner of a detective agency specializing in corporate security. First in the series: Murder in the Marias Drawing Conclusions by Dona Leon is set in Venice and features Commisario Guido Brunetti along with Sergente Vianello and the well-connected Signorina Elettra. First in the series: Death at La ... Read More »
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline Between 1854 and 1929, orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an ... Read More »
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt It is 1987, and only one person has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus — her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, ... Read More »