Fall 2019 Reading Favorites

Six books to put on your reading list for this fall.

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       Here’s my fall reading suggestions that I read over the summer.  Let me know if you like one of them or send me one of your favorites to try.  Enjoy and relax!

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Water From My Heart   (fiction) by Charles Martin

What it’s about:  Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age sixteen. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it does in more lucrative but dangerous ventures he now operates off the coast of Miami. Charlie tries to separate relationships from work. But when his choices produce devastating consequences, he sets out to right wrongs, traveling to Central America where he will meet those who have paid for his actions, including a woman and her young daughter.  This encounter will rock his world.

Why I liked it:  Of all the Charles Martin books I have read, this one is my absolute favorite!  Martin uses two characters from two opposite worlds to create a moving story.   Charlie, who has everything he could buy in life and is considered worldly and successful.  And Paulina, who is poor and struggling, yet continues to serve the community around her.  A novel of redemption, love, and forgiveness  based partially on  actual events that happened in Nicaragua which  touched the author so deeply and turned into this amazing story.  

The Printed Letter Bookshop   (fiction) by Katherine Reay

What it’s about:   One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.   While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas.

Why I liked it:  So this books starts out slow and I thought it was just going to be so-so, but by the end, I adored it and was sad to say goodbye to these characters.  I wanted to visit the bookshop and meet each one of them and know what happens next in their lives.  This book has it all:  love, loss, friendship, family, struggles, changes, and most of all hope.  This is the first book I’ve read by Katherine Reay but it won’t be my last.  No sex, foul language or violence.  Just excellent story-telling and enjoyable reading.  

Nine Women, One Dress  (fiction) by Jane L. Rosen

What it’s about: A charming, hilarious, irresistible romp of a novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.

Why I liked it:  This book has many different characters and I thought it would be hard to follow, but I absolutely loved it! The author created such a unique and enjoyable book all revolving around one black designer dress.  The stories and characters are funny and touching.  The department store workers were my favorite.  A quick and entertaining book I highly recommend. 

Tomorrow’s Treasure (East of the Sun Series) (fiction) by Linda Lee Chaikin 

What it’s about:  Raised by her aunt and uncle at the rectory in the small English village of Grimston Way, lovely Evy Varley remembers little of her missionary parents and nothing of South Africa, the land where she was orphaned during the Zulu War of 1878.  But when Sir Rogan Chantry, the arrogant and handsome son of the local Squire, accuses Evy’s mother of stealing the infamous Kimberly Black Diamond, Evy sets out to prove the rogue wrong and clear her mother’s name.

Why I liked it:   This book is historical fiction that takes you from a small village in England to the diamond mines of South Africa.  It is set  in a time and place I knew little about which makes it all the more interesting.    This story covers the political unrest as European countries and wealthy families seek to control the diamond and gold mines in South Africa and a young innocent girl who gets caught up in  love, lies, and family deceit.  A compelling three  book series.  

The Candy Bomber:   The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot”  by Michael O. Tunnell

What it’s about:  One WWII pilot’s mission to lift the spirits of children living in war-torn Berlin in 1945 comes to life in this moving  historical account. After World War II the United States and Britain airlifted food and supplies into Russian-blockaded West Berlin. US Air Force Lieutenant Gail S. Halvorsen knew the children of the city were suffering. To bring a bit of hope, he began dropping chocolate and chewing gum by parachute. What began as a one-time gesture of compassion turned into an official U.S. Air Force operation.

Why I liked it:   Once again I had no idea what the people of Berlin went through after the war.  A story of sadness and hope given when these people needed it most.   Through the smallest of gestures, a candy bar, a pilot encourages the lives of the children in Berlin.  “Operation Little Vittles” becomes a movement across our nation as more and more pilots offer to make the drops and donations pour in.  Inspirational proof of the goodness of the human heart.

Waiting for Tom Hanks  (fiction) by Kerry Winfrey

What it’s about:   Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron. She spends her days writing screenplays, rewatching Sleepless in Seattle, and waiting for her movie-perfect male. If she could just find her own Tom Hanks – a man who’s sweet, sensitive, and possibly owns a houseboat – her problems would disappear, and her life would be perfect.  When a movie starts filming in her neighborhood and Annie gets a job on set, it seems like a sign. Then Annie meets the lead actor, Drew Danforth, a cocky prankster who couldn’t be less like Tom Hanks if he tried.

Why I liked it:   Ok, so part of why I liked this book is because it takes place in Columbus, Ohio where my family lives.  “Waiting for Tom Hanks”  is a pretty predictable romantic comedy and you can envision the scenes being played out on a big movie screen. But the writing is good and the characters and story are funny.  A quick, light-hearted,  enjoyable read. 

 

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