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…