Contemporary Fiction

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse ★★★★

Nina McCarrick’s life literally changed overnight when her husband died in a car accident. He was a successful building contractor and sole provider for his wife and two sons. Though Nina came from extremely humble beginnings, her sons had never known anything but a highly affluent lifestyle. And, she’s not worked in almost twenty years… Continue reading The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse ★★★★

Contemporary Fiction, History Fiction

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay ★★★★★

Julia Jarmond, an American journalist living in Paris, is assigned to cover the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Vel 'd 'Hiv, the day French Jews were arrested in the "roundup," and ultimately sent to the death camps in Auschwitz. She becomes obsessed with what she learns, particularly about the fate of one young girl and… Continue reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay ★★★★★

Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin ★★★★★

Nina Browning lives a very comfortable life being married to Kirk, one of Nashville’s elite. Their son, Finch is on his way to Princeton having done exceptionally well at Windsor Academy, the city’s prestigious private school. Tom Volpe is a single father and a skilled carpenter. He lives modestly on the east side of town… Continue reading All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin ★★★★★

Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman ★★★★★

Eleanor Oliphant is one of those characters who I find hard to describe in ways that won’t lead you to have the wrong impression. She’s socially awkward, painfully direct and lives a life of isolation outside of her job. There are really good reasons why her emotional growth is stunted and that’s revealed deliberately over… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman ★★★★★

Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction

Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist ★★★★

Zoe, an artist from California, and Martin, an engineer from England, find themselves on The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago. It’s a centuries-old pilgrim route that ends in Santiago in northwest Spain. They plan to join other walkers following the route, each having their own reasons for doing so. Zoe recently lost… Continue reading Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist ★★★★

Contemporary Fiction

Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins ★★★★★

Nora Stuart grew up on Scupper Island, Maine, a small island three miles from the state’s coast and was shaped by two major events in her life: her father’s departure when she was 12-years old and pretty awful high school years. Her salvation was winning a competitive scholarship only available to islanders that took her… Continue reading Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins ★★★★★

Contemporary Fiction

Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman ★★★★

Frances Bloom, stay-at-home mother of three, is the connection between four families who live on the same block in Los Angeles. She voluntarily carpools their seven children to school each day, ranging in age from 4-to 14-years old, and often helps in other ways. They all seem to have lives that are working well from… Continue reading Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman ★★★★

Contemporary Fiction

Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown ★★★★

Piper Whitman is a stay-at-home mother devoted to raising her 9-year old son, Fred. When circumstances force her to face the reality that her son’s “quirkiness” may be something more, Piper has to come to terms with him being on the autism spectrum. Soon after, her emotionally abusive father suffers a debilitating heart attack that… Continue reading Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown ★★★★

Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood ★★★★★

Wow. What did I just read? The story begins with the rather sad life of then 8-year old Wavonna (Wavy) Quinn. She’s the daughter of a major meth dealer and a seriously disturbed woman who can’t seem to function without drugs and “her” man. Wavy is the only adult in the house, giving care for… Continue reading All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood ★★★★★