The Mothers – Brit Bennett

May 22

The Mothers – Brit Bennett

This is a wonderful debut novel by Brit Bennett. Her writing style has depth and a swift motion, and she depicts female characters with a deft hand. The Mothers is set in modern day California. As with all great books, the story begins with a secret. Nadia falls in love with Luke, a preacher’s son. As is often the case with young love, the course does not run...

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At the Water’s Edge – Sara Gruen

May 18

At the Water’s Edge – Sara Gruen

This is only the second book I have read by Sara Gruen. I absolutely adored Water for Elephants. I liked this story. At the Water’s Edge is set towards the end of WWII. Maddie Hyde is a spoiled wife, living the good life in America, far removed from the atrocities of the war. She, her husband Ellis, and his best friend Hank party the nights away. The fellows...

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The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

May 17

The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

This book was bittersweet, as it was published mere months before Carrie Fisher suddenly passed away at the very young age of 60. I am a big Star Wars fan; my dad took me to the movie when it first came out, and I have been a fan ever since. This book was a unique peek into the casting process and making of that first flick. Did the then 19-year old have any clue...

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Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

May 15

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

I was cautiously optimistic when Book of the Month Club started advertising this book by Paula Hawkins. I loved The Girl on the Train; but we all know that sometimes that sophomore effort can be a bit tricky. Ms. Hawkins delivers, and then some. A dip in the river finds two dead bodies within months of one another. One, a sexy, eccentric, single mother writing about...

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