Darling Jim by Christian Moerk
A mesmerizing young Irish seanchaí (storyteller) on a red 1950 Vincent Comet motorcycle pulls into town and into the lives of young school teacher, Fiona Walsh, her twin sisters, Aiofe and Róisín, and Aunt Moira. With riveting tales of long ago kingdoms, mighty battles, princes, princesses and wolves, Jim charms and seduces his listeners. But let the games begin when a jealousy-driven Fiona follows Jim and discovers a very dark secret.
The Art of Fieldling by Chad Harbach
At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood is the stunning fictionalized account of the real-life 1843 double murder of Thomas Kinnear and his mistress, Nancy Montgomery. Accused in the murders are two of Kinnear’s servants, James McDermott, a stable hand, and sixteen year old Grace Marks, a maid.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre is the story of a young woman’s struggles to uphold her convictions despite her painful upbringing and the strictures of society and religion. Jane does not compromise, even at risk to her own happiness and health, that which she holds as truths. She is an ageless heroine for all young girls today.
Penned by Charlotte Brontë under a pseudonym in 1847, Jane Eyre, at the time, was criticized as having an anti-Christian slant. Today this semi-autobiographical novel is considered one of the top literary classics of all-time.
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path.
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
On July 16-17, 1942, thousands of French police, in collaboration with the Nazis, gathered up 12,884 Parisian Jews, including children, in one of the most brutal and overt deportation operations orchestrated by the Nazi regime.
The police come for ten year old Sarah Starzynsksi and her parents in the middle of the night during what has come to be known as the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup. Sarah, in her panic to protect her younger brother, makes a fateful decision.
“Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
On a fateful morning, Daniel’s devoted father, proprietor of Sempere & Son booksellers, feels the time has come for Daniel to know of the secret wondrous library maintained by the second-hand booksellers’ guild. Books are hidden away and protected in this mysterious place until their rediscovery. Young Daniel is drawn to a particular book. ” The gold letter of its title gleamed in the light bleeding from the dome above. I drew near and caressed them with the tips of my fingers reading to myself The Shadow of the Wind Julian Carax.”
Daniel chooses this book, or does this book choose Daniel?
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
Meet Truly Plaice – part behemoth, part witch, part Cinderella. Born larger than life into a small-minded town, Truly breaks her family into smithereens. Her mother dies during Truly’s birth, and when her father follows shortly afterward, Truly and her dainty sister, Serena Jane, are destined for very different fates.
The Spiritualist by Megan Chance
Young Evie,who has married far above her station, is accused of murdering her husband Peter. Her husband’s family and her society friends have abandoned her. Evie knows she must find the means to exonerate herself, even if she must call on the dead for help.
The Moses Expedition by Juan Gómez-Jurado
The Moses Expedition by Juan Gómez-Jurado is an action-packed thriller loaded with intrigue, retribution and fanaticism, as a secret is uncovered that points to the location of The Ark of the Covenant. Father Fowler, a CIA operative and Catholic priest, is a fascinating character and he alone makes this novel worth the read!
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
“I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her.”
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
With her father’s maid, motherless fourteen year old Lily Owens sets out on a quest in 1964 South Carolina to learn more about her mother and the mysterious circumstances of her death. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a story about motherhood, sisterhood, prejudices, love, and coming of age.
A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot
During WWI in the trenches of the Somme, five wounded French soldiers are reported “killed in the line of duty.” Mathilde, fiancée of Manech, one of the five, does not accept the official report, and in her attempt to reconstruct the days leading up to Manech’s reported death, she discovers things are not quite what they seem.