Friday, December 28, 2018

The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg

At 96 and in declining health, Doris looks back on her life as she pages through her address book. Born in Stockholm, her mother sent her out to work as a maid after her father died when she was thirteen. Later, Doris moves to Paris and works as model where she meets the love of her life, Allan. The reader then follows Doris throughout the years as she recounts memories for her grand-niece Jenny who lives in the United States. Doris and Jenny have always had a special relationship and Doris wants Jenny to know all about her past before she passes away. The Red Address Book is a poignant novel, give to readers who enjoy Fredrik Backman.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Nowhere Child by Christian White

Kim's life changes the day a stranger finds her in Melbourne and tells her that she really is Sammy Went, who was kidnapped from Kentucky twenty-eight years ago. The individual has a personal interest in the case and his revelation causes Kim to question her upbringing and the love she had for her mother, Carol, who passed away from cancer. Soon, Kim finds herself travelling to the United States and the small town of Manson, where the Wents lived and where Sammy's mother, Molly still resides. In alternating chapters, the story unfolds in both the past and present, as the reader encounters all who were around at the time of the crime, and now, as Kim tries to uncover the truth. The Nowhere Child is a character-centered novel where the action slowly builds into a story that's hard to put down. Similar to Lou Berney's excellent The Long and Faraway Gone and the Bell Elkins mysteries by Julia Keller. I really enjoyed this one.The book will be published next month.

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is consulted when some bones are found at a local dig. The bones turn out to be fairly recent, so the police are called in, lead by DCI Nelson. Ruth and Nelson share a personal history that began many years ago when they met on a case, fell in love, and Ruth gave birth to their daughter, Kate, now 7. All the while, however, Nelson has been married to Michelle. The bones turn out to be from a girl named Margaret Lacey, who went missing during the royal wedding of 1981. When the person who was the prime suspect back then is found murdered, the case gets even murkier. Will Nelson and his colleagues find justice for Margaret? The Stone Circle will be published in May.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson

Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford has lead a sheltered life, yet yearns to go to university and find work, despite her parents' disapproval. As World War I begins, she defies her mother, who disowns her, and moves to London. Lilly then gets a job driving an ambulance for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. It's dangerous, physical work near all the fighting. Lilly's work also puts her near her brother's best friend, Robbie, whom she's loved since she was a teenager. Robbie, a surgeon, comes from a poor beginnings and is not considered a suitable match for Lilly, according to her family. Robbie, however, shares Lilly's feelings. Will Robbie and Lilly survive this war that seems to be going on forever and be able to put all the trauma that they have witnessed behind them? This novel is the first of Robson's Great War Trilogy.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal

Maggie Hope is very excited to be accompanying the Prime Minister to Washington D.C., since she's been away for three years. The United States have just joined the war after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and Churchill's visit will hopefully drum up more support for the war effort. However, Maggie soon finds herself helping Mrs. Roosevelt when her secretary is found dead and later revealed to be murdered. Against the backdrop of the holiday season of 1941, the reader is immersed in the lives of  Maggie and those around her.

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Adults by Caroline Hulse

Claire and Matt are divorced, but both want to spend Christmas with their seven-year-old daughter, Scarlett. They decide to go to a resort with Scarlett and their respective partners, Patrick and Alex. Alex is not thrilled with the idea, especially since her friend, Ruby, figures it can only end in disaster. Patrick, meanwhile, is upset because his ex-wife has isolated him from his two children and he hardly gets to see them. Soon after arriving at the Happy Forest holiday park, tensions arise between the four adults, and Scarlet's dislike of Alex by way of her imaginary rabbit, Posey comes to the surface. When one of the adults is injured, the reader is left to wonder, how did things get so out of control? The Adults is great read-alike for the novels of Liane Moriarty.