Perennials

The Book: Perennials, by Julie Cantrell The Blurb: When two estranged sisters reunite for their parents’ 50th anniversary, a family tragedy brings unexpected lessons of hope and healing amid the flowers of their mother’s perennial garden. The Babble: Having thoroughly enjoyed Julie Cantrell’s Feathered Bone, I thought I’d give her new offering Perennials a go….

The Body in the Clouds

The Book: The Body in the Clouds, by Ashley Hay The Blurb: The Body in the Clouds tells the story of one extraordinary moment–a man falling from the sky and surviving–and of three men who see it, in different ways and different times, as they stand on the same piece of land. An astronomer in the…

The Orphan’s Tale

The Book: The Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff The Blurb: A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan’s Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival. The Babble: I was assigned Pam Jenoff’s fictional The Orphan’s Tale by one of the local library book-clubs….

Dark Matter

The Book: Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch The Blurb: From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we…

Before We Were Yours

The Book: Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate The Blurb: Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale. The Blabber: I’m not a huge fan of the saccharine or sentimental. Nor is romance, for…

Abandon

The Book: Abandon, by Blake Crouch The Blurb: On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman, and child in a remote gold-mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins—and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred sixteen years later, two back country guides are hired by a history professor and his…

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ

The Book: Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Lew Wallace The Blurb: This faithful New Testament tale combines the events of the life of Jesus with grand historical spectacle in the exciting story of Judah of the House of Hur, a man who finds extraordinary redemption for himself and his family.A classic of faith, fortitude,…

Burial Rites

The Book: Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent The Blurb: Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at…

The Butterfly Garden

The Book: The Butterfly Garden, by Dot Hutchison The Blurb: Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with…

Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

The Book: Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women, by Marianne Monson The Blurb: These are the stories of twelve women who “heard the call” to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey: the East Coast, Europe, and as far away as New…

Luckiest Girl Alive

The Book: Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll The Blurb: As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so…

End of Watch: Bill Hodges Trilogy #3

The Book: End of Watch, by Stephen King The Blurb: Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But…