The Map That Leads To You by J.P. Monninger
First of all, this made me cry. If you like any Nicholas Sparks type stuff, you’ll like this. Heather and her friends just graduated from college and go on a summer trip around Europe. She meets Jack on a train and sparks fly. Along with his friend, they all kinda travel together. She knows he is it. They make plans for him to go home to NYC at the end of the summer, but he disappears. She doesn’t give up on him and it takes a while, but she figures it all out, hence my crying. This was better than I thought it would be.
The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor
Have you heard of the fairies? They were fairies that a couple girls managed to catch on film in like 1917. The world believed they were real, but they were fake. The book fictionalizes the story of the girls who took the pictures and how they gained notoriety, as well as the current situation with Olivia. She is given her grandfather’s book store upon his death and in doing so, leaves her fiancé and is trying to figure life out again. Spoiler, her story is intertwined with the fairies.
The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman
Mattie has ALS and her husband can’t keep up with taking care of her anymore. During the move to different house, they find her hope chest that her mother had started for her. They never had any children of their own, so it was forgotten. While dealing with the present, the book flips back to the past to talk about the story of each item in the chest. This was good and it didn’t quite end the way I expected it to, but that’s a good thing. I tend to think books are always going to go the sappy, happy ending route, and I like when they are a bit more realistic.
The Girls In The Garden by Lisa Jewell
A woman and her daughters move into an apartment that happens to back into a huge community garden. The girl’s make friends and all is good until one night the younger daughter finds her 12 year old sister in a precarious position and unconscious. This leads to trying to all the neighbors trying to figure out what happened and who might have done it. Secrets come up from a similar situation that happened in the past. This one was just ok.
One Summer Day In Rome by Mark Lamprell
Another one I just grabbed at the library that was way better than I expected. It covers three couples during a day in Rome. The first couple are actually sister-in-laws, in Rome to spread the ashes of the late husband/brother. The second couple actually meet at the airport and then spend the day together. The third is a married couple that are on a mission to find the maker of a certain tile for their house. All couples have their issues and are at completely different points in their lives. All issues are resolved, but maybe not in the way you’d expect.
The Address by Fiona Davis
This is another back and forth between past and present. Past is Sara. She comes to NYC and starts working as the managerette of a new apartment building. She also starts having an affair with a married man. Some crazy shit happens. Present is actually 1985, but it’s Bailey. She is the, we’ll say adoptive great granddaughter of Theodore Camden, also known as the man Sara was having an affair with. Bailey’s fresh out of rehab, but she’s trying to get her life back together. She finds trunks belonging to the Camden’s and Sara and starts learning more about her past, their past, and the history of the building. A lot of the historical stuff is accurate. The building, the Dakota, still stands in NYC. A lot of the details about the architect and John Lennon being shot there are true. Nellie Bly, the reporter who posed as a patient at an insane asylum, also makes an appearance in the book. Parts of this book irritated me, but overall it was really good.