Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reading Ahead: April 2017, part 4

I apologize for my brief absence from the blog, but here I am again, bringing you more spring reading!

Two from the Heart, by James Patterson, et al. A duo of heartwarming stories from Patterson and several collaborating writers. In the first, Anne McWilliams has lost everything. After her marriage falls apart and a hurricane destroys her home she realizes that her life has fallen out of focus. So she takes to the road to ask long lost friends and strangers a simple question: "What's your best story?" Can the stories of others show her what she's missing?
In the second, Tyler Bron seemingly has it all-a successful company and more money than he knows how to spend. But he has no life. So he hires a struggling novelist to write one for him. There are no limits to the fictional world that Bron's money can transform into a reality, and he soon becomes the protagonist of a love story beyond his wildest imagination. But will Tyler Bron be able to write the happy ending himself? 
For Patterson fans who feel like taking a break from his multitude of series.
Also available in Large Print

Any Day Now, by Robyn Carr. Second in Carr's new Sullivan's Crossing series (following 2016's What We Find), Carr's new novel welcomes readers back to the rugged campsite at the crossing of the Colorado and the Continental Divide trails, where travelers could be looking for a simple weekend getaway or pausing on the path to something greater. 

For Sierra Jones, Sullivan's Crossing is meant to be a brief stopover. She's put her troubled past behind her but the path forward isn't yet clear. A visit with her big brother Cal and his new bride, Maggie, seems to be the best option to help her get back on her feet. She's surprised by the warmth of the welcome offered her, and settles in to enjoy...until her past catches up with her and she has to make some hard decisions about love and future plans. I'm a fan, and I have been waiting rather impatiently for this!

Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout. For fans of Strout's bestselling works Olive Kitteridge (Pulitzer Prize winner) and My Name is Lucy Barton, this latest work is a must-read as Strout examines the richness and complexity of human emotions through a cast of remarkable yet ordinary characters whose stories are vastly different, though interconnected. Two sisters make sacrifices that they believe will lead each of them to their separate ideas of happiness. A janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help. A grown woman longs for her mother's love even as she comes to terms with her mother's happiness living abroad. And we revisit Lucy Barton as she reconnects with her siblings after their seventeen-year separation. Guaranteed to be a favorite.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Reading Ahead: April 2017, part 3

As the weather warms up (don't look out the window just now...), the publishing industry heats up as well! Here are a few thrillers to warm your blood while we wait for Spring!

Fast and Loose, by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington is enjoying a boating excursion off the Maine coast when a chance encounter leaves him somewhat the worse for wear. Always able to find the silver lining in even the unhappiest circumstances, Stone is pleased to discover that the authors of his misfortune are, in fact, members of a prestigious family who present a unique business opportunity, and who require a man of Stone’s skills to overcome a sticky situation of their own. A must for series fans.

The Red Hunter, by Lisa Unger. Unger is my go-to recommendation for thriller fans looking for a new author to try. Here, Unger tackles the question "What's the difference between justice and revenge?" For Claudia, her perfect life fell apart after a brutal assault, and she sought a fresh start blogging about her home restoration project, though said home has a long and unpleasant history. For Zoey, a childhood trauma has haunted her into adulthood as a simmering rage that fuels her. On two very different paths, these very different women are on a collision course, as Zoey's unaddressed issues and Claudia's new beginning both stem from a single residence.

All By Myself, Alone, by Mary Higgins Clark. Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, gem and jewelry exper Celia Kilbride hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship—the Queen Charlotte. On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, “Lady Em,” as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise. Three days out to sea Lady Em is found dead—and the necklace is missing. Celia sets out to find the killer, unaware at the peril in which she has placed herself...