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Happy Monday Everyone!!

As promised from my last post, today’s blog post is my latest book recommendations.  So, pull up your Amazon wish list, Goodreads app, Book Buddies app, or just a paper and pencil and get ready to get these books added to your lists!!  Oh…Grab yourself some coffee too!

Alright…I’ll do this in batches.  When I first got all the books together that I wanted to recommend (only the ones I had read in the past 6 months) I discovered that my list was way too long for a single blog post, so I’ll have more blog posts with book recommendations coming your way each month with more and more great reads.

For this post I’m gonna stick with 7 books, and hopefully they will tide you over till next month.  I also want to point out that I love many different types of genres, so you will see chick lit, historical fiction, teen lit, biographies, etc!

Books

This first stack of books contains a few authors I had never read before, and yes Nora Roberts is one of them.  Now don’t start judging me by recommending a romance author.

dark witch

The Dark Witch by Nora Roberts came highly recommended to me by my friend, Claudine, and she is a book worm just like me with great taste.  I got Claudine hooked on the Discovery of Witches Trilogy, and she swore to me that I would love Nora Roberts latest instalments.  When she told me I had to read the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy (Dark Witch is the first book in the trilogy) I rolled my eyes, and I’m pretty sure I laughed at her.  I too can be a book snob, and I put Nora Roberts into that category of lame/pathetic/cheesy/drivel.  Sadly, I should know better than to categorize an author I’ve never even read.  I absolutely loved the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, and read them all in 4 days!  They definitely were NOT drivel.  I fell in love with each character and their spunk from the beginning.

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I also want to point out that the gorgeous setting of this trilogy takes place at and actual resort in Ireland, Ashford Castle.  I’m already planning a bucket list vacation to Ashford, since I absolutely fell in love with this castle throughout the O’Dwyer Trilogy.  So, if you are looking for a fast paced, adventure filled, exciting read, and yes it is filled with magic and a bit of romance this is a book/trilogy you HAVE to read!

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.

Ireland…

County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.

When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…

On to the next book I devoured in one day…

Leaving Time

Jodi Picoult first grabbed my attention with her historical fiction novel, The Storyteller (If you haven’t read it add it to the list too).  Picoult’s latest novel, Leaving Time, is another moving tale dealing with loss, mystery, and finding help and friends where you least expect them.  This is honestly a book unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and I’m sure you will fall into this tale and never want to come out of it.  You may also find yourself championing the cause of elephants and their futures once you have finished this novel.

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.
 
Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.
 
As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

Prisoner of Night and Fog

The Prisoner of Night and Fog was a book our book club read awhile back.  I started this book one night when I climbed into bed, and I didn’t storp reading it till I was done somewhere around 3am.  I was dragging butt the next day, but it was totally worth it. I know you will love this story!   Here is a brief description…

A gripping historical thriller set in 1930s Munich, Prisoner of Night and Fog is the evocative story of an ordinary girl faced with an extraordinary choice in Hitler’s Germany. Fans of Code Name Verity will love this novel full of romance, danger, and intrigue!

Gretchen Müller grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her uncle Dolf—who has kept her family cherished and protected from that side of society ever since her father sacrificed his life for Dolf’s years ago. Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

When she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen, who claims that her father was actually murdered by an unknown comrade, Gretchen doesn’t know what to believe. She soon discovers that beyond her sheltered view lies a world full of shadowy secrets and disturbing violence.

As Gretchen’s investigations lead her to question the motives and loyalties of her dearest friends and her closest family, she must determine her own allegiances—even if her choices could get her and Daniel killed.

big little lies

Liane Moriarty is a favorite author of mine, so obviously I’ve read all her books.  Big Little Lies is Moriarty’s latest and greatest story to date.  It’s a tale of moms, private schools, money, snobbery and …murder!

Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .
A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?  
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.  

But who did what?
 Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

one plus one

One Plus One is the first JoJo Moyes novel I have read.  I kept seeing her books in the books store on the best sellers rack, and my friends have been telling me to read her books nonstop.  Well, a few months ago I finally broke down and bought one.

Right when I read first chapter, I knew I would be hooked. You have your unique but somewhat regular family. Jess is a single mother with two kids, her ex husband left 2 years ago and she’s trying to meet ends. Her daughter Tanzie is brilliant! She gets offered a scholarship into private school but there is still a charge that needs to be paid off. When Jess tries to take her to Olympiad in hopes that the winnings could cover the tuition, Jess ends up going on a roadtrip with Ed, an attractive stranger who steals her heart.

Now that I’m trying to write this review, I’m already missing Jess and her children. I thought it was genius to have the book written from everyone’s point of views, because it definitely made me connect with everyone more. I loved everyone. Jess, Ed, NORMAN!, Nicky, Tanzie.  Their conversations were funny, thoughtful, and Jess’s optimism wasn’t over the top. Typically I don’t like books are that too sweet but Jess has some wittiness to her, and Ed definitely had his flaws that made me love him even more.

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.
 
One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.

the girl who came home

Inspired by true events, the New York Times bestselling novel The Girl Who Came Home is the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard RMS Titanic—a seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.

Ireland, 1912. Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the lucky few passengers in steerage who survives. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night ever again.

Chicago, 1982. Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

The rosie project

The Rosie Project is one of those laugh out loud stories that draw you in from the first chapter.

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune).

I hope y’all find these recommendations as fun, engaging, and sleep depriving as I did!  Happy Reading!!

 

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