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Salt to the Sea is unlike any World War II novel I have ever read. Like most novels set in Europe during this time, there is heartbreak, tragedy, incredible loss and bravery. But this disaster was completely unknown to me. It is inspired by the greatest tragedy in maritime history, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Told from the perspective of four young refugees, the mystery of each of their lives is gripping. This is an incredible, well-written story that had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Publisher’s Weekly ranked Salt to the Sea one of the Best YA Books of 2016.
Moriarty had me with “Big Little Lies”… and than again with “What Alice Forgot”. I could not wait to get my hands on this one. Page after page, there is only one question you will keep asking: What happened at the BBQ? Actually, that’s what kept the pages turning. I loved her back and forth in time style of writing, as with previous books. However, you do get to a point where now you’re just annoyed because you still don’t know what happened at the BBQ, and you are nearing the end of the book!! Her character development with the main characters Clementine and Erika is remarkable, especially as we get to see a shift in their relationship towards the end of the novel. It would have been nice if she developed some of the other main characters more. Overall, she does a great job exploring the underlying theme- how life changes forever by one event that occurred in the blink of an eye. Not my favorite Moriarty book, but if you are a fan of hers, you will like it if not love it!
The juicy keeps getting juicier in this trilogy. I wrote about the first novel “Winter Street” last year around this time. The second book,”Winter Stroll”, I had to read because the first one left off a bit too abruptly for my liking, and how could I not? The final book in this trilogy, “Winter Storms” wraps it all up ever so nicely! The Quinn family is back in Nantucket with all of their secrets, surprises, and scares- not without the drama of course! If you want a fun quick read that will have you laughing and gasping… grab Hilderbrand’s Winter Street series.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two- by Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling, and John Tiffany.
Get ready to devour this play. A big fan of the Harry Potter series, how could I not wonder if this additional story would be a let down? Harry is middle-aged, married to Ginny, and a father of three. Guess who is the Minister of Magic, and married to Ron? We return to Hogwarts, and see how Harry Potter’s past once again resurfaces- this time the kids play key roles with a focus on Albus (Harry’s son), who happens to be best buddies with Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius. Delicious and satisfying read.
Enjoyable enough, but not what I expected… I don’t know what I was expecting to tell you the truth, maybe a little more excitement as I turned the pages ready to dive into the world of a restaurant critic’s family? The food aspect of this book is delicious! If you’re a foodie, you will love reading about the mouthwatering dishes described throughout.
Lila is the main character, the restaurant critic’s wife. Her husband Sam is the paranoid restaurant critic, who insists on extreme measures to keep himself anonymous. Lila struggles to juggle family life, getting back into the career world, and the loneliness that comes from keeping her husband’s identity a secret. Overall, this wasn’t a terrible book, there just didn’t seem to be much of a story to tell.
Charlotte is a nanny for the McLeans, a family living in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She’s actually a talented composer, working as a nanny temporarily. As she takes a step back from the music business by choice (and also fueled by a betrayal), she easily falls into the day-to-day on-goings of the McLean family. A tragedy forces Charlotte to make decisions that are life changing both professionally and personally. Caroline Angell’s development of Charlotte’s character keeps you captive from beginning to end, and makes you feel as if you are a part of her journey and self-discoveries. Throughout the underlying sadness of the tragedy, Angell delivers plenty of humor and sexiness to offset it.