So, this week I get a little behind on my reading! We had several beautiful days in a row making it physically impossible not to head outdoors with the hubby and the dogs. Since it is scorching hot today, I am going to try to play catch up! Here is what I plan to read this week, but remember the order can always change.
If I Forget You, by Thomas Christopher Greene
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; June 14, 2016
Synopsis: Twenty-one years after they were driven apart by circumstances beyond their control, two former lovers have a chance encounter on a Manhattan street. What follows is a tense, suspenseful exploration of the many facets of enduring love. Told from altering points of view through time, If I Forget You tells the story of Henry Gold, a poet whose rise from poverty embodies the American dream, and Margot Fuller, the daughter of a prominent, wealthy family, and their unlikely, star-crossed love affair, complete with the secrets they carry when they find each other for the second time.
Written in lyrical prose, If I Forget You is at once a great love story, a novel of marriage, manners, and family, a meditation on the nature of art, a moving elegy to what it means to love and to lose, and how the choices we make can change our lives forever.
Escape from Afghanistan, by Nathan Sessler
Publisher: War Writers’ Campaign; September 18, 2015
Synopsis: He thought deployment was tough, but getting home proved even more challenging. The story of one operator’s journey into the mountains of Afghanistan.
All proceeds of this work support the literary nonprofit, The War Writers’ Campaign, and their efforts to share the stories of the military and veteran community.
A Thousand Yesteryears, by Mae Clair
Publisher: Lyrical Underground; April 26, 2016
Synopsis: Behind a legend lies the truth…
As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real . . .
Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer . . .
A Haven on Orchard Lane, by Lawana Blackwell
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; June 7, 2016
Synopsis: Famed actress Charlotte Ward stepped away from the Victorian London stage five years ago. Now in desperate circumstances, she tries to restart her career–only to experience a complete collapse. Against her better judgment, Charlotte’s estranged daughter, Rosalind, comes to her mother’s rescue and moves her to a quiet English coastal village where her mother can evade the gossip columnists, at least for a time.
Charlotte is grateful to re-establish even tenuous family ties with Rosalind. As one with regrets over her own romantic past, she’s happy to see love blossom for her daughter. For Rosalind, however, it’s time away from teaching, and now she must care for the mother who wasn’t there for her. And what could possibly be more complicated than romance?
But there can be no permanent escape from the threats of recent months. As the privacy they seek is threatened, mother and daughter must make some difficult decisions–ones that jeopardize those they care about most.
Ophelia’s War: The Secret Story of a Mormon Turned Madam, by Alison McLennan
Publisher: Five Star Publishing; June 22, 2016
Synopsis: The priceless ruby necklace secretly given to fifteen-year-old Ophelia Oatman by
her dying mother isn’t easily given away—nor is her virginity. But Ophelia must
choose between them. The necklace becomes both Ophelia’s ticket to freedom and
shackles of shame. Fate, family legacy, hair color, the shape of her skull, sex,
survival, the completion of the transcontinental railroad, and the tension
between Mormons and Gentiles in the Utah Territory converge to shape her
destiny. Ophelia’s War chronicles the battles for love and survival fought by a
young frontier girl in the nineteenth century: her limited choices between
polygamy and prostitution, the high cost of keeping her jewels, and the
impossibility of protecting them. In an era when many women committed suicide so
they wouldn’t be shunned and face the shame of being damaged goods, the
rebellious and resilient Ophelia uses disgrace and the rubies of her ruin to
reinvent herself and win financial freedom. Yet what is the ultimate cost? Can
love and reconciliation triumph over her loss and shame?
Happy reading this week to everyone 🙂