A friend with great taste specifically recommended the audio version of this to me and I could not listen to it fast enough—I folded so much laundry and got the kitchen sparkling clean so I could listen to just one more chapter, over and over again. Hildy Good has lived all her life in the small town of Wendover, Massachusetts. She's 60 years old, divorced, a successful realtor. And she drinks—a lot, and the situation is getting out of control. Only Hildy doesn't see it that way. A quiet drama with terrific, fleshed-out characters and an entertaining, thoroughly untrustworthy narrator. More info →
In Cantrell's new novel, two estranged sisters reunite near Oxford, Mississippi to celebrate their parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary. And then their mom drops a bombshell that forces them to reevaluate what they're doing with their lives. I get a lot of requests for inspirational, feel-good fiction with little to no sex and swearing. If that's what you're after, I highly recommend Julie Cantrell. More info →
If you picked this book up because of the cover, I wouldn't blame you a bit. Zadie and Emma have been best friends since med school; now they're practicing physicians in Charlotte. But when an old colleague comes to town, he stirs up long-buried secrets from the past. If you love Gray's Anatomy, this one's for you. This novel had special appeal for me because it's set alternately in Charlotte, where I spent some time last fall, and Louisville, where I've lived for years. More info →
I wasn't thrilled when I found out Jojo Moyes's next book was going to continue the Louisa Clark story she began in Me Before You. But you know what? As a series closer, this one delivers. If you're invested in Lou's life and wants to know what happens to her in NYC with Ambulance Sam, definitely pick it up. (If you haven't read the first two, skip it.) More info →
Jane Austen fans, take note: this brand-new Jane Austen-inspired reimagines Persuasion, set at the fictional Fairfax College, with Anne as a tenure-seeking English professor and Wentworth as the newly installed president. Not great literature, but lots of fun, and Sonneborn did a solid job reinterpreting Anne Eliot's hard choices for the 21st century. If you don't want to watch your beloved Austenish heroines make terrible life choices, this may be a trying read. More info →
After her beloved grandmother dies, a Cuban-American woman travels from Miami back to Havana and unearths a treasure trove of family secrets. If you love stories that go back and forth in time, this is for you. In 1958, 19-year-old Elisa falls in love for the first time—with a dangerous revolutionary. In 2017, Elisa's granddaughter Marisol travels to newly-open Cuba, ostensibly to write an article on tourism, but really to learn more about her grandmother and the complicated country she loved. I didn't know much about Cuba, then or now, before reading this, and really enjoyed the experience. More info →
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