Thursday, May 18, 2017

Meg's Picks: June 2017, part 1

I'm a firm believer in the notion that there is a book out there for everyone, and that if you think you don't like reading, you're just reading the wrong type of book. Which is why I like providing lots of variety in my "Meg's Picks" posts! Read on and see what strikes your fancy.

The Little French Bistro, by Nina George. I've mentioned here, more than once, how much I enjoyed reading George's debut novel, The Little Paris Bookshop, which ultimately is a love story for bibliophiles. So I am eagerly awaiting her follow-up novel, and thought you might be, too. After forty-one years in an unhappy marriage, Marianne has reached her limit and, after a pivotal moment on the bank of the Seine, she leaves her life in Paris behind and sets out for the coast of Brittany, known as "the end of the world." And yet, the end of the world's locals welcome her as one of their own, and here, Marianne ultimately learns the meaning of belonging. This is absolutely on my list this summer. Also available in Large Print

The Child, by Fiona Barton. This is another sophomore outing that I believe readers will want to know about. Barton's debut, 2016's The Widow, was a New York Times bestseller and a chilling tale of psychological suspense. She now offers readers another twisted tale: as an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss. But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. Also available in Large Print.

Every Last Lie, by Mary Kubica. Kubica (The Good Girl, Don't You Cry, etc.) will chill readers to their very cores this summer with her new thriller. Clara Solberg's world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.

Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick's death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit. Some truths, it turns out, are better left buried.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Reading Ahead: June 2017, part 4

Feeling the need to plan your summer reading? Next month's titles will get your summer off to a great start!

The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand. Identical twin sisters couldn't be more different. Harper Frost is laid-back, easygoing. She doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She's inherited her father's rundown house on Martha's Vineyard, but she can't hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking.
Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost. She's also inherited her mother's questionable parenting skills--Tabitha's teenage daughter, Ainsley, is in full rebellion mode--and a flailing fashion boutique on Nantucket in desperate need of a cash infusion.
After more than a decade apart, Harper and Tabitha switch islands--and lives--to save what's left of their splintered family. But the twins quickly discover that the secrets, lies, and gossip they thought they'd outrun can travel between islands just as easily as they can. Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer novel--fans are already lining up for this new title. Also available in Large Print

The Sunshine Sisters, by Jane Green. In this emotional, warm novel from fan-favorite Green, three sisters who left home (and their narcissistic, disinterested celebrity mother) years ago must now return when their mother learns of her fatal illness and asks her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. This would also make a great book club selection in months to come.

The Duchess, by Danielle Steel. Steel explores new territory in a novel that takes place in nineteenth-century England. Angélique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. At eighteen she is her father’s closest, most trusted child, schooled in managing their grand estate. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angélique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources—and one bold stroke of fortune. Also available in Large Print

Beach House For Rent, by Mary Alice Monroe. When Cara Rutledge rents out her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Wyatt for the entire summer, it’s a win-win by any standard: Cara’s generating income necessary to keep husband Brett’s ecotourism boat business afloat, and anxiety-prone Heather, an young artist who’s been given a commission to paint birds on postage stamps, has a quiet space in which to work and tend to her pet canaries uninterrupted. It isn’t long, however, before both women’s idyllic summers are altered irrevocably, resulting in the unlikeliest of rooming situations, two strangers ultimately becoming friends. Feel-good reading for the summer.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Reading Ahead: June 2017, part 3

One of these days, it's actually going to start feeling a little summery here in CT. And when it does? You'll be prepared with a great read to toss in your beach bag! Like one of these...

The Ultimatum, by Karen Robards. First in a proposed new series from bestseller Robards (Darkness, 2016, etc.), The Ultimatum introduces readers to Bianca St. Ives, aka The Guardian, a skilled martial artist and explosives specialist who makes her living in the family business: swindling con men out of their ill-gotten gains. Until a mission goes wrong, with millions missing and her father a casualty. Except the government is convinced her father is alive, and they want to use Bianca as bait to lure him out of hiding. Fans of Robert Ludlum's Bourne series, check this one out.

Dangerous Minds, by Janet Evanovich. Second in Evanovich's new Knight and Moon series (following the series debut, Curious Minds, 2016). Brilliant and boyishly charming Emerson Knight likes nothing better than solving an unsolvable, improbable mystery. And finding a Buddhist monk's missing island of solitude is better than Christmas morning in the Knight household. When clues lead to a dark and sinister secret that is being guarded by the National Park Service, Emerson will need to assemble a crack team for help. Since a crack team isn’t available, he enlists Riley Moon and his cousin Vernon. A ragtag team indeed, they work to unravel a conspiracy a hundred years in the making. Also available in Large Print.

Kiss Carlo, by Adriana Trigiani. Beloved by readers, Trigiani (Big Stone Gap, The Shoemaker's Wife, etc.) returns to what she knows, and what her readers adore: the story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change. It’s 1949 and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the post-war boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother Mike and their once-close families sets the stage for a re-match. From the dreamy mountaintop village of Roseto Valfortore in Italy, to the vibrant streets of South Philly, to the close-knit enclave of Roseto, Pennsylvania, to New York City during the birth of the golden age of television, this is a story of family, love, and hope that fans are sure to cherish. Also available in Large Print.