Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Meg's Picks: June 2017, part 2

There are so many great new books coming out this summer! (I realize I say this every summer, but it has never stopped being true.) Want to know what has made my list? Read on!

Our Little Racket, by Angelica Baker. Baker's debut novel about five women whose lives are irrevocably changed after the fall of a financial titan hits very close to home, set in Greenwich, CT.
When the investment bank Weiss & Partners is shuttered, CEO Bob D’Amico must fend off allegations of malfeasance, as well as the judgment and resentment of his community. As panic builds, five women in his life must scramble to negotiate power on their own terms and ask themselves what —if anything—is worth saving. A juicy page-turner about wealth, envy and secrets. Also available in Large Print

The Lost Letter, by Jillian Cantor. Cantor's latest (after 2015's The Hours Count) is a historical novel of love and survival inspired by real resistance workers in Austria during World War II. In Austria in 1938, Kristoff is a young apprentice to a master Jewish stamp engraver, forced to engrave stamps for the Germans after his teacher disappears during Kristallnacht. He simultaneously works alongside Elena, his beloved teacher's fiery daughter, and with the Austrian resistance to send underground messages and forge papers. As he falls for Elena amidst the brutal chaos of war, Kristoff must find a way to save her, and himself. In America, 1989, Katie Nelson is going through a divorce and while cleaning out her house and life in the aftermath, she comes across the stamp collection of her father, who recently went into a nursing home. When an appraiser, Benjamin, discovers an unusual World War II-era Austrian stamp placed on an old love letter as he goes through her dad's collection, Katie and Benjamin are sent on a journey together that will uncover a story of passion and tragedy spanning decades and continents, behind the just fallen Berlin Wall. I'm recommending this for readers who enjoyed The Nightingale, Lilac Girls and Sarah's Key.

The Marsh King’s Daughter, by Karen Dionne. Psychological thriller fans, I'm picking this as this summer's must-read for you. Helena Pelletier has worked hard to build a life she's proud of--a good marriage, great kids, a business she's built from scratch. And one emergency broadcast has just brought her past roaring back from where she'd buried it. Helena's secret? She was the product of abduction, and grew up off the grid, learning to hunt, fish and track at her father's knee. But her father has now escaped from prison, and Helena must meet her past head-on, because the only one who can help authorities find the infamous Marsh King...is the Marsh King's daughter. I'm recommending this to fans of authors like Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Karin Slaughter.

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