Not sure if you noticed (consider me honored if you did) but I haven’t been around much for the last few weeks. The reason: I’d found a slew of good books, and my January/February nights -the hours I’d typically devote to blogging- were spent tearing thru books. If I don’t read another book in 2017 (which is a very distinct possibility), I’ll still feel accomplished.
Here’s what was on my nightstand:
Before the Fall – A thriller about a private plane crash that leaves two unlikely survivors– a little boy and an artist, who hitched a ride on the plane at the last minute. The book delves into the passengers on board, their complicated and somewhat scandalous lives and what ultimately caused the small plane to crash on it’s fated last trip from Martha’s Vineyard to NYC. I read this book in 3 days and then passed it on to my husband who proceeded to do the same.
At the Water’s Edge – Not sure if I’ve ever confessed my love for historical fiction on this blog, but it is real. This novel, yes, historical fiction, is by the author (Sara Gruen) of the bestseller Water for Elephants, and tells the story of two lovers and a friend who travel to Scotland during the Second World War in search of the Loch Ness Monster. As odd a plot as that sounds, this is more a story of finding love in unusual places. Gruen creates memorable characters and her prose makes it seem like you’re watching a movie, not reading a book.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair – when a friend recommended this to me, she said “make sure you have someone to take your kids” meaning, it will take ALL of your time once you get started and you won’t be able to put it down. It wasn’t far from the truth. I think I read all 600+ pages in less than a week. It’s a murder mystery written by Frenchman Joel Dicker – that turned into an International Bestseller. The story follows the love affair of a famous author, Harry Quebert, and a 15 year old girl. AND her subsequent murder. That’s the easy part, then it takes 500+ pages to figure out whodoneit.
The Orphan Train – I know this one is old, but was new to me. Another historical fiction read, that follows the life of one orphan train rider in the late 1920’s on her trip from New York to Minnesota in search of an adoptive family. The families, the struggles, and the hardships she had to overcome are retold as the now 90-year old woman cleans out her attic with the help of an unlikely companion. It’s a story of fortitude, friendship, and forgiveness. Being a mom, this one really hit home.