Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Summer Booklist

 It's sweet summertime!

And time to get a good book to read on vacation,

or in town to break up the daily grind.

We've asked the "readers" in our family to give us a few of their favorites. 

Selections come from the young adults to the young at heart!

The Daughter's Tale by Armando Lucas Correa

Set in Germany and France plus a connection to Cuba during world war II and present day New York.  It's the tale of a Jewish family of four's survival based on the relationship of two sisters and mother to daughters. Who will be able to escape the terror of the Nazis? Will family secrets that happened during the war ever come to light? What would you do to survive?

The Mitford Series by Jan Karon

A 14 book series about a small town bachelor preacher, the town that he serves, a little romance and a murder mystery to solve. If you're looking for a "cozy mystery", characters you'll come to love and light romance, this is your series. 

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Friends (Eliza and Sofya) from New York and Russia in 1914 deal with the turbulent times of the Russian Revolution. The Revolution creeps up on those with wealth and prestige (White Russians) including Sofya and her family. Will they be able to escape? On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russians who are able to find their way to America. Will the friends ever be reunited? Historical insight into this part of history that I was unfamiliar with and so interesting. 

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

A novel set during the Great Depression and about those who lived through it. You follow the life of Elsa, meeting and marrying Rafe during the 20's. Their life struggles as a couple, with their family and dealing with all that the Great Depression brings. A portrait of Ela's courage, hope and sacrifice. 

The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

Sarah is a bookworm who becomes the town librarian and has the magical ability to hear messages from books. She has the gift of being able to give the perfect book to each particular reader. Lately the books have been whispering about a new comer to town, Grace. You'll come to enjoy the quirky town residents, find if reclusive Sara can make a new friend, how Grace can rescue the dying town, and a fun developing romance between next door neighbors. 

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

A biography about the actor's life as a husband, father, son and brother. You'll find out about his love of story telling, the foundation he founded for high-risk high school students, being a professor at UT Austin, his Lincoln town car commercials, co-creating bourbon, ownership of a major soccer club and his philosophy of working hard and enjoying life.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Steadman

After military service, Tom returns to Australia and takes a job as a lighthouse keeper. Tom marries Isabel and they live on the remote and isolated island taking care of the lighthouse. After several misarranges and a still birth, the grieving couple finds a small boat that has washed ashore with a baby. Follow their moral dilemma of claiming the baby as their own or notifying authorities of the miracle find. 

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Go for a classic Jane Austen. Persuaded by a family friend when young not to marry, 7 years later Ann finds herself back in the circles of Captain Fredrick Wentworth.  The scene is set for numerous encounters, humorous and dramatic. Can the two overcome preconceived notions for a second chance at love? 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

For fantasy lovers, this is the first book in a series of adventure and opportunity.  Kaz is offered to be a part of a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. He can't pull it off on his own and assembles a crew of dangerous outcasts- a convict, sharpshooter, runaway, spy, thief and one with magical powers. Can they pull off the heist without killing each other first? 

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

Anna has inherited her beloved Granny Zee's cafe in Alabama. She planned on selling and closing the cafe, but after returning, memories from her childhood time with Granny, and the magic of the blackbirds that only follow their family start to make her rethink. She becomes attached to the quirky town members, one handsome outdoorsman, discovers how to make the magical black bird pie and finds the answers to family secrets.

A Name Unknown by Roseanna White

Rosemary grew up with the street urchins of London, joining a group of them that would become family. A master of blending in to high society, she is able to seal high valued items. She get recruited to pretend to be a historian to help a wealthy German born man trace his family history. As they grow to care for one another, will they share their secrets and who can they trust? 

Elizabeth is headmistress of a girls school and writes silver-fork novels for the Victorian upper crust. No one knows she is also the most popular writer of Penny Dreadfuls- popular among the working class. Fletcher grew up as a street urchin but made his way in the world and is a popular Penny Dreadful writer himself. He is also part of a secret society which tries to save other street children from a life of pain and suffering along with being involved in other social and political issues. See how their paths cross, if a relationship can develop with their differing social class and the cat-n-mouse adventure reminiscent of their penny novels. 

Let us know in comments some of your favorite summer reads!

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