The Baker's Secret
The Good Father
The Villa of Death
The Wildling Sisters
The Virgin Blue
The Outside Boy
The Winter Guest
An Irish Christmas
An Unexpected Family
The Secret Keeper
by Beverly Lewis -- I hadn't read any Amish-themed books lately so when
I saw this on the New Books shelves, I got it. I read these books very
fast and this was no exception. Five years earlier, Mandy left her
Amish community after a rift with her twin sister. Now she's back in
town because her mother left her the family-run B&B. She only has
to make it profitable for a year before she can sell it and buy her own
by Tracy Chevalier -- a novel about Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot,
English ladies from different classes who formed a friendship over
fossils. This was a pretty interesting read, and I enjoyed learning
more about these ladies and their work.
Two Days After the Wedding
by Joan Medlicott -- more adventures in Covington with Hannah, Amelia, and Grace
Murder on the Cliffs
by Joanna Challis -- When Daphne du Maurier escaped London for a
holiday to Cornwall, she never expected to happen upon a teenager
standing over a dead body; yep, another English murder mystery find at
the local library. I'll look for others by this author as I enjoyed
this story pretty well!
by Kate Morton -- I'll admit that this book took me awhile to get into,
but once it hit around page 188, I got MUCH more interested in this
story as told from the perspectives of Laurel and her mother Dorothy,
and also the two women Dolly and Vivien who were friends (of sorts)
during the war. And then there is sweet Jimmy. Whatever became of
Medlicott -- this novella mainly deals with a young woman and her small
child who show up at Hannah, Grace, and Amelia's house claiming to be a
relative of Amelia's late husband, Thomas. Miriam and Sadie are on the
run from Miriam's abusive ex-husband.
by Melody Carlson -- a small book that was on display at the library
due, I expect, to its Christmas theme; an easy read. A story about a
widow who took her college-aged son to Ireland to talk to him about his
by Pam Jenoff --
When Helena's mother is hospitalized, Helena and her twin sister Ruth
take charge of their younger siblings. It's a tough time in Poland, but
it gets more interesting - and dangerous - when Helena discovers a
wounded soldier in the forest not too far from their cabin. Sam turns
out to be an American Jew hoping to get in touch with the resistance,
but how can he do anything with his hurt leg?
by Jeanine Cummins -- a look at Irish Travellers or Pavees through the
life of nearly-twelve-year-old William Christopher Hurley or Christy. A
rather good book as I didn't know anything about this culture or that
Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing
by Victoria Sweet -- my mom read this book and recommended it so I put
it on hold and soon received a copy from the library; I enjoyed reading
this doctor's account of Slow Medicine vs. Fast Medicine, and, for that
matter, Medicine vs. Healthcare. I especially enjoyed tales of former
patients and diseases she dealt with during her work in California.
by Tracy Chevalier -- stories about Isabelle back during the time of John Calvin, and Ella Turner or Tournier
as she becomes when she goes to live in France for her husband's work.
Ella starts researching her family,and finds a connection with Isabelle
- and uncovers a secret connected to a nightmare she keeps having.
Peril at Somner House
by Joanna Challis -- When Daphne du Maurier agreed to spend a few days
with her sister at her sister's friend's house, she didn't expect to be
trapped on the island for the winter. Well, at least there are other
interesting guests around and a fascinating tower on the grounds.
Still, the Lord of the place winds up dead and most everyone is
Promises of Change
by Joan Medlicott -- nearly the end of this series; it's interesting to
see how the ladies have changed since coming to Covington all those
years before. Figured I might as well see how this series ends . . .
by Laura Moriarty -- When Louise Brooks' parents plan to send her to
New York City for several weeks, they look to hire a local lady to
accompany their daughter. Cora signs up for the role and seeks to learn
more about her own history. No one - except her husband Alan - knows
that she came to Kansas on an orphan train. Pretty interesting story.
by Sally Gunning -- When Alice was brought to America with her family
at the age of 7, she looked forward to life with her mom, dad, and
brothers in Philadelphia where her father told the family they were
headed. Unfortunately, she lost most of her family on the ship, and
they landed in Boston where her father sold her into service in order to
pay his debts. This book was quite interesting though maybe a bit too
drawn out. But mostly I enjoyed it, and the fact that I was not born
into such a time.
by Eve Chase -- I saw this in the new books section, and decided to
give this author a try. I enjoyed this story of the four Wilde sisters -
Flora, Pam, Margot, and Dot - and the memorable summer of 1959 when
they stayed a few months with their aunt and uncle. The story also
follows Jessie and her family's move to Applecote Manor, and how the two
families' lives connect.
Tracy Chevalier -- I rather enjoyed this story told from a variety of
voices and which centers around a cemetery in 1901 England. Maude
Coleman and Lavinia Waterhouse meet there and later are neighbors and
Joanna Challis -- another and final (for my library anyway) Daphne du
Maurier mystery. I rather like these books for some light reading.
by Diane Chamberlain -- a story told with the alternating voices of
Erin, the thirtysomething pharmacist who is living separately from her
husband as she deals with her grief; Travis, the young 20s fellow who
recently lost his mother in a house fire; and Robin, engaged to the
future mayor of Beaufort.
by Stephen P. Kiernan -- Life in a small village on the coast of France
as the people survived an occupying army and near-starving conditions.
Emmanuelle does her best to keep people alive, all without thinking the
Allies will ever rescue them. This book takes place a few days before
the D-Day invasion.