Goodnight From London by Jennifer Robson
Another WWII era book. I haven’t tired of the genre yet. Ruby is an American journalist who gets sent to London to work for a magazine. The book is more about her life and what happens to her during the war. She didn’t really have any friends or family back home, but she makes friends and has a romance in London. Her job takes her to different areas of London and she learns to live with the bombings. It was a good book, nothing overly exciting, but good.
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham
This was a creepy thriller. Agatha is pregnant. She works part-time at a grocery store where she encounters Meghan, who is also pregnant. Meghan is glamorous and perfect with her handsome husband and gorgeous kids. Everything looks fine on the surface, but as the story goes on, we realize Meg’s life isn’t all that perfect. Then there’s Agatha. She’s a hot mess wrapped in childhood issues with a sprinkling of intelligent crazy. The story unravels as you go and you can therefore kinda figure it out as you go. It was super good though.
The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison
Dirty books aside, this is more about friendships and being true to yourself. M.J. leaves her perfect job in NYC to live with her boyfriend on the beach in California. She’s bored and not sure what to do with herself, then she meets her neighbor Gloria. Gloria soon jets off to Paris to follow through with some pact with her girlfriends, right after the death of her husband. M.J. finds her self as her replacement in The Dirty Book Club. All the original members have been replaced. The women slowly become friends and turn to each other with their issues. This was more amusing than anything. I laughed out loud a couple times. It didn’t end how I expected, but I always like when the author doesn’t go that way.
Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford
I picked this up only because I have read all the previous Cavendon books. They are good, but the dialogue is so repetitive sometimes and unnecessary. It bothers me. The first Cavendon book took place at the beginning of WWI. We are now in the late 40’s, early 50’s. Basically, everyone is older, the main story lines revolve around the younger generation. Who is seeing who, all their relationships, and then a few of the issues with Cavendon itself. I wouldn’t bother if you aren’t already invested, but if you are, it’s long, but quick.
Best Day Ever by Kaira Sturdivant Rouda
Another thriller. Paul and his wife Mia are headed to their lake cottage for a weekend together. They have a great life. Paul has a great job, they have great kids, live in a great house in a great neighborhood. This is told from Paul’s point of view. As they drive up there, he starts to tell us things, but only things he wants us to know. We don’t get the whole story yet. As the day progresses, we see how Paul is a piece of shit and his wife isn’t as blind as he thinks. I was actually surprised by her, but in a good way. This one was good. I read it in one day.
The Baker’s Secret by Stephan Kiernan
What? WWII era books are popular? Who knew? This one takes place in France though. Emmanuelle is just trying to survive the Nazi’s and the rules they’ve enforced on the town. Without really meaning to, she starts a network helping those who need it. Swapping eggs for gas and gas for fish. She has also been ordered by the Commandant to bake bread for the Germans daily. They provide the gloriously white flour, she bakes the bread. She started adding in straw though, to be able to make two extra loaves to help her neighbors. The books ends with the D-Day. The town is right on the coast, and while the town knows the Allies have come, they don’t quite realize the full extent of what’s going on. The book too a bit to get going, but once it got there, I liked it.
The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
There are books that while fiction, take place during real events. Kind of like all those WWII books. They tend to make me do a lot of Googling as I read to better learn the geography or details about a person. This one takes place in 2008, with the Ugandan LRA and Joseph Kony (remember the social media campaign about him in 2012?). The book is told from the point of Sabine, who travels to Uganda to find her missing niece Lily, and Rose, a Ugandan woman who had been kidnapped by the LRA as a child. Their paths cross in their quest to find Lily and Rose’s boyfriend Ocen. As they cross the border to the Republic of Congo, we learn more about what happened to Rose during her time with the LRA. This was good and sad that all the fighting that goes on over there doesn’t come across our radar like other things.