Hello April! I don’t know about you all, but I am so ready for Spring! The older I get, the harder these Ohio winters are on me. I am ready to get out of the house for some fresh air and sunshine. Unfortunatly, the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” holds true for Ohio. They are calling for rain 11 out of the next 15 days…so much for that fresh air and sunshine. I guess I’ll just have to stay indoors and bury my sorrows in my books 🙂 Speaking of books, I have 7 books on the agenda for April….
Book Club April Selection…
Last month my sister-in-law invited me to join her book club. I was so excited to join a in-person book club. Sure, I’ve participated in online book clubs through Goodreads, but it’s just not the same. March’s book selection was Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History. I tried, I really did. I just couldn’t make it past page 30. I literally fell asleep 3 times reading this book. I finally gave up. As much as I wanted to attend my first book club meeting, it wasn’t worth it to read this book to do so. April’s book selection is progressively better and seems to be right up my alley.
Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.
NetGalley Books To Read & Review…
One of the many reasons I started this blog back in February was to be awarded books from publishers to review. I signed up for NetGalley in the beginning of March. At first, my requests were not often granted, but as I continued to blog, the requests started rolling in. At the end of March, I realized that I had 55 books awarded to me in exchange for a review. I decided it was time to start tackling these books…
When Dr. Catherine Bennett is wrongfully accused of murder, she knows her fate likely lies with a noose unless she can disappear. Fleeing with a bounty on her head, she escapes with her maid to the uncharted territories of Colorado to build a new life with a new name. Although the story of the murderess in New York is common gossip, Catherine’s false identity serves her well as she fills in as a temporary army doctor. But in a land unknown, so large and yet so small, a female doctor can only hide for so long.
A tale of the cruelties that took place during the 1947 partition of India, Black Taj is a tragic story about young love’s struggle to cross the Indian caste divide.
An only child, Simi grows up comfortably in the city of Atmapuri enjoying certainty in her future. Then, unexpectedly, everything changes. Her city, overtaken by the riots that have periodically gripped India since Britain’s abrupt withdrawal, is threatening to fall apart along the lines of religion, caste, and community. Shortly before turning twenty-five, Simi meets a wonderful young man. Although he was also raised in Atmapuri, his caste means that he is in many ways from a different world. Without warning, Simi faces difficult new choices—but when the past is always present, it can be hard to break free. Against a backdrop of monsoons and heat waves, shanty towns and expensive bungalows, love and tradition, and religious conflict and social upheaval, Simi’s life will change forever.
When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered.
The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father’s murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter. . . .
A beguiling tale of mystery and intrigue.
This story begins in the 1960s, and explores how Mimi Miller comes of age, over and over again.
As a young girl in Miller’s Valley, an ordinary farming town that may be facing its final days, Mimi is observing adults, selling corn, growing up and changing, and watching the world around her change, too.
As the years go by, the unthinkable starts to seem inevitable. Anna Quindlen’s novel takes us through the changing eras of Mimi and her family, as secrets are revealed, and the heartbreaks of growing up and falling in love with the wrong man are overcome.
A deeply moving, inspiring story of a young woman learning to love and leave, the place and family from which she comes.
Two sisters share the surprising highs and cringe-worthy lows of social media fame, when their most private thoughts become incredibly public in this fresh and funny debut novel.
Sisters Cassie and Sid Sunday have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. In their defense, it hasn’t been easy: life veered in sharply different directions for the once-close sisters. Today, beautiful and big-hearted Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore, while harried, iPhone-clutching Cassie can’t seem to make it work as a wife and a mom to twin toddlers in Manhattan.
It doesn’t help that Sid spurns all social media while Cassie is addicted to Facebook. So when Sid issues a challenge to reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie figures, why not?
The experiment exceeds both of their expectations, and the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. And they just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage, and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track.
But first, one of Cassie’s infamous lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up the one place you’d never, ever want to see them: the Internet…
Blogging For Books Review Book…
Last week I joined Blogging For Books . This site works a little differently than NetGalley. You select one book to read & review at a time, then given your next selection after you have completed your review of the first book. The book I selected is actually in paperback form, whereas all of my NetGalley books are digital copies. I must say, I am excited to receive my first paper copy of a book to review. It should be arriving within the next two weeks ((insert squeal of delight here)).
When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. She boldly embraces this calling after being told the shocking news that she can’t bear children, but as the country steers toward bloody civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril.
Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, moves to an old house in the suburbs and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar—the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger and deliverance.
Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Eden’s woven lives connect the past to the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way