I’ve done a fair amount of reading over the summer. But the season never mattered with me. I know some people tend to read more during summer. Even when I worked full-time, I always, constantly, had a book going. I’ve read a few good ones recently, so I’ll share them with you.
I’ll begin with my favorite…….Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan. I had read her other two novels, Maine and Commencement and loved them! This one was no different. The setting begins in Ireland when two sisters come to Boston for work. Time frame is early 1950’s. One sister is shy and responsible. The other out going and caught up with fashion, dance halls and freedom. If you were raised Catholic, you’ll be able to relate to a lot of the story. Not always for the good. The book delves into the result of a secret kept for fifty years. The impact that it has on all who are involved. It was a very enjoyable story with a satisfying ending and I highly recommend it!
The Bloom Girls by Emily Cavanagh was another good one. Another one about sisters and the setting is Maine. I think unconsciously I’m drawn to these type of books because I’m an only child and never had a sister and of course, I love my native New England. This story also deals with a touchy subject in a very realistic and compassionate way. The sisters have been estranged and with the death of their father they must come together in his small coastal town. They’re forced to revisit the past and come to grips with painful events. Each sister has a different perspective on the past but by confronting it, they’re able to go forward not just with understanding their father, but also of themselves.
Next one is Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman. This one started out a bit slow for me but I’m glad I continued. Maggie is a single mom who cleans homes in Manhattan. When a former employer dies and leaves Maggie a house in Sag Harbor, her entire life changes. Especially when she finds out that the inheritance also comes with Edith, the eighty-two-year old mother of the employer, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The only fault I had with this book was the dialogue of the two year old child. I found the baby talk a bit annoying and detracted from the story. Either make the child older to speak properly or skip the baby talk. Other than that, I enjoyed the novel and found the ending satisfying.
If you enjoy suspense/thrillers, then The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is the one for you. I couldn’t put it down and read it in two days! It all started at a dinner party. Anne and Marco are right next door as their baby sleeps in her crib. They take turns going back every thirty minutes to check on her. And discover on one of the trips that the husband makes that the baby is gone. Missing. I thought it was a great suspense and had just enough twists. I’ll be reading more of Lapena’s novels.
I pre-ordered Hillary Clinton’s new book, What Happened. I began reading it last week. I’m just over 100 pages into it and yes, I’m devouring it. I love that she’s giving the reader personal anecdotes of what she did and how she got through the first few months after November 8. There’s no bellyaching. No pissing and moaning. Just simple honesty. When I finish, I’ll do a full review here.
And what’s on my To Read list? (I always have a lot of books lined up waiting in the wings) The Three Miss Margarets by Louise Shaffer. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Got this suggestion from Hillary, as she mentions it in her book) The Designer by Marius Gabriel. When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker. The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey. And many others.
If you’ve also read any that I listed here, let me know what you thought of them. And please, if you have any suggestions for me, by all means leave a comment. I’ve always felt that sharing book ideas is one of the greatest gifts we can give to each other.
See you here next time………………..