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The Kitchen House: A Novel -- was just reading an article in the WSJ about this book. The author (from Virginia, where I live!) wrote it two years ago and then worked very hard to draw attention to it, with great success. Sounds interesting. Worth Reading, Books Club Books, Kitchens House, Books Worth, Kitchenh, Great Books, Historical Fiction, Bookclub, Kathleen Grissom
Elise is the daughter of Anna, a gifted opera singer, and Julian, an author. She grows up as a bourgeois, Jewish girl in Vienna during WWII. To escape the Nazis, Elise becomes a maid in England. This is a tale of hope and love despite utter devastation and loss.
A heartfelt fictional story of a woman who loses the last 10 years of her memory...including the birth of her 3 kids. Such a touching book. Reminder that you have to let yourself be flawed and not 100% perfect all of the time, especially as a mother.
The Paris Wife... This was one of my book club's selections that turned out to be a delightful surprise-- I loved it! In fact, I was so taken with Ernest Hemmingway's first wife, Hadley's, account of the couple's "Paris years" that I finally read his "A Moveable Feast," which is his account of the same time. Sounds dull, but it fascinated me for some reason. Recommended!
When Jack turns five, he is excited to learn more about the world around him. His world consists of Room, the place where he and Ma live. But for Ma, Room is the place where she has been held captive for the past seven years, prisoner to Old Nick. Ma is desperate to devise a plan to escape Room, and the time has come to try. Are Jack and Ma prepared to meet the changed world outside of Room?
I love all of Kate Morton's novels but this one is my favorite. She writes mystery novels that rely heavily on flashing forward and back in time in the UK. They are all slightly Gothic, painstakingly plotted, and romantic to some degree. I highly recommend them to Anglophiles and mystery/romance lovers everywhere.
Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes -- one of the most heart-breaking, compelling, and thought-provoking books I've read in a long time. Very well-written and hard to put down. Caveat: This book is not written from a Christian perspective, has quite a bit of language, and the plot line deals with suicide in a very raw form. I didn't agree with the outcome of the book, but it made me dig deep and think hard... and books that do that are ones I feel are very worth my time.