This short, smartly written novella has you siding with each character as well as learning about the multiple worlds that McGuire has created. McGuire writes a meaningful story about Nancy's longing and struggles to belong somewhere, but being on hold for the world she loves. Suitable for teen readers, too, this is book one in the Wayward Children series. I would recommend all the books in this series for Teens and Adults.
"When We Left Cuba" is the sequel to "Next Year in Havana". This storyline focuses on Beatriz Perez, Elisa's older sister, who escaped to Miami from Cuba after the Cuban revolution stole everything from her and her family. A beautiful story of the main character willing to risk everything she has to return to Cuba and to take back her country. The author drew upon information from her own family escaping from Cuba at this time as well as drawing historical information about the CIA involvement with Cuba.
"A beautifully written novel that’s full of forbidden passions, family secrets, and a lot of courage and sacrifice" is a direct quote from Reese Witherspoon. It is 1958 when the Cuban government was ruled under a dictator which left Fidel Castro and Che ready to swoop in and claim it for themselves. Elisa Perez was 19 and one of four daughters of a sugar baron. In 2017, Marisol is the granddaughter of Elisa Perez who is returning to Havana to bury her grandmother's ashes and to discover her roots in Cuba as well as learn about the political climate under Castro's rule. Lots of true historical information intertwined with an interesting storyline woven by the author.
This is the author's newest beach read so gather up your sunglasses, a great lounge chair along with a cold drink and get ready to immerse yourself in a small-town scandal. Welcome to Silver Bay, a small town in the Florida panhandle, where Sarah Conley Hawkins comes from and returns after a job lost in DC. Her family has owned a family newspaper for many years which is barely keeping afloat in these times.
She is an award-winning journalist who seeks the truth in the stories that she tells in her articles. And guess who is chasing the story to get her ticket out of this small town and back into the limelight of America!
Andrews once again captures the quirkiness of her characters in her lovely prose and weaves a delightful storyline of deceit, lies and corruption. So sit back and enjoy this book!
I found myself not wanting to put this book down, even for a minute as so much was happening with the author's character development. This book is just not about hockey but other key elements of life as well. I have to agree with Amazon's review which states" Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain." I hope you enjoy the characters as much as I did in his book.
This is How it Always Is, by Laurie Frankel, is a beautifully written bold novel about gender dysphoria and the impact his change has on a family and society as a whole. The author weaves fairy tales and humor into a story of the changes a family experiences when their fifth son becomes a daughter. To make the point that nothing is how it always is, the author weaves fairly tales and humor to chart the course of their son's transformation to a daughter. A must read for our time.
Book Review states, "Pairing the dual narrative of Larkin and Emily, Estes relates the hardships faced by women who serve in the military. Based on real-life stories of women who served, this is an excellent read." This is Kelli Estes's second book and it does not disappoint her readers. If you liked her first book "The Girl Who Wrote in Silk", you will enjoy her new characters, Emily and Larkin. I never knew that women served in the Civil War and what they had to do to survive and fight in this war. There is a list of other reads that this author provides to the reader in learning more about this subject. I will surely pick several of the books up to further my education on this topic. I would rate this book as a 4 out of 5. Great book club discussion book.
This book is based on true events which occurred in the Depression era involving Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library. The book takes place in rural Kentucky and centers around five amazing women who have their own challenges to conquer in addition to supplying books and magazines to families in far and remote places in their county. Horseback is their only means of traveling to these remote families. Read about these librarians and how they manage to keep their little lending library functioning in hard times. Jojo Moyes always has interesting characters and she won't disappoint you with these ladies.