Some books are fast paced, energetic thrillers. Others can be intriguing mysteries. Or intense family dramas. Don't expect those things in this debut novel from Bev Thomas. While there is an element of mystery in the sense important things will be revealed, the heart of this emotionally mature novel is internal. A Therapist. A missing son. A challenging patient. A family struggling through. And it's all written with an elegant style, and through provoking prose. Read this one slowly.
It's possible the War In Europe would not have been won without the efforts of this unknown American woman named Virginia Hall. Working for Great Brittain's SOE, the fearless, energetic woman was the lynch pin of resistance in France. She suffered. She sacrificed. She persevered in the face of Nazi terror. A terrific book.
You think you know the story? Maybe not. While it covers the horrific murders, this book has its focus on the trial, and the era. From rudimentary forensics to lawyers and courtroom antics, The Trial of Lizzie Borden is a true life thriller mystery that encourages the reader to make a decision.
Marshall is back in small town Mississippi to run the family newspaper. He leaves a Pulitizer Prize winning career in Washington to help care for his dying father and keep the paper going. A murder, an illicit affair with the wife of an old friend, and most critically the machinations of a group called The Poker Club drive the narrative. The Poker Club runs the town, runs the money, and is behind the building of a billion dollar development with the Chinese. While Greg Iles writes sold mysteries, his great strength is passion and ethical dilemma.
Steve Berry's Cotton Malone is sent to Malta to help recover missing artifacts from Mussolini. He is soon caught up in the new election of Pope, and a secret society working to protect their Vatican interests. Steve Berry brings a thorough and factual sense of history to all his writing, and in The Malta Exchange much about The Catholic Church is presented in less than flattering terms.
Met with Susan Meissner today, author of the new book "The Last Year of The War". Set during the latter part of World War Two, this is the perspective of a young American girl, daughter of German immigrants. Her family is sentenced to an internment camp in Texas, and eventually sent back to Germany. Elisa meets a young Japanese girl at the camp, and the two quickly become best of friends. The story of German internment camps has not often been told and comes as a bit of a surprise to many readers. The drama of a family's return to Germany after establishing themselves as American is difficult and heart breaking. Finally the book tells the story of Elisa's return to America after the war. Warm, emotional, and historically accurate, "The Last Year of The War" is a highly recommended selection.
Terrese Anne Fowler has written a novel of The Vanderbilts. It's one of our favorites of the year. All that money doesn't prevent heartache. An especially intriguing story with period detail. Highly recommended!
From Vickie at Bookends, a recommendation for History buffs by Daniel Schonflug. The end of The Great War and the Dawn of a New Age.
I just adored this small, charming book by A.J. Pearce. Set in London during the war, a young writer thinks she will be working for a big newspaper, but finds herself as an assistant to an old fashioned advice columnist. It is funny, sweet, and at times heart breaking. A wonderful read in 2018.
Vickie at Bookends recommends this series by Dean Koontz for suspense fans. Dean Koontz never fails, and the whole series begins with "The Silent Corner"
Jon Meacham's biography of George H.W. Bush has new attention since the passing of our 41st President. This is a great book for lovers of Presidential history. Copies are available at Bookends in NMB.
Deliah Owens has hit a home run with her first Novel. Set in the Outerbanks of North Carolina in the 1960's and the 1990's. Murder? A young woman living alone in the marshland. One of the most beautifully written books in recent memory, with a simple yet affecting story. Marvelous and listed as one of the top books of the year by many critics.
I love books about great American Movies, and this book and film capture all that was Hollywood in a golden era.
This one caught me by surprise. Part historical fiction, part time travel. Charming and engaging and full of character.
THE Story of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Every musical, every movie. Fabulous.
The Madonna of The Mountains by Elise Valmorbida is set in Italy from the rise of facism through the early 1950's. It centers on one woman and her family. An abusive husband, Achiles, a son who takes after his father, Primo, and their lives struggling the the political turmoil of the era. At times frustratingly intense. Beautifully written.
Stephen King can write. It's really that simple. His latest is a mystery, but because he is Stephen King things are not as they seem. A beloved coach is arrested for a horrific murder. He insists he is innocent, and in fact he has ironclad alibi's. Yet witnesses clearly identify him. A great Stephen King novel. Again.
I love books about classic movies, and even though "Giant" was never one of my favorites, this new book is a lively portrait of classic film making. Part biography of the stars (Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean) it is also a technical playbook of how the classic came to be. From director to producer, small parts to big settings, Giant is a classic movie well presented.
Post WWII Germany and frequent flashbacks to the war and before. Marianne, Benita, and Ania living in an old Castle. Each suuports the others, but each struggles with the past. So many shades of gray. Who looked away? Who tried? Who failed? It is fiction, but a strong and important story.
The true life story of three brothers serving in the Navy during the War in The Pacific and the search for the missing one. Outstanding history, and an emotional family story.