Another month come and gone, and with that another batch of wonderful reads checked off our list. This April, we had the added benefit of remaining indoors. Between the soothing sound of April thunderstorms and the fresh scent of spring wafting through our windows, these are the titles that got the most love from our readers.
Milwaukee chef Lou receives a scathing review from a critic who happened to come to her restaurant on basically the worst day of her life, and now her business is in shambles. Drowning her sorrows in a local pub, she runs into Al, a gruff but charming Brit who’s celebrating getting a new article in the paper. Banter ensues, and when Al pooh-poohs the local scene, Lou undertakes to show him the best of what Milwaukee has to offer. But what happens when the two of them discover that Al’s the critic who ruined Lou’s career?
A chance meeting between talented chef Luella and British transplant Al leads to a budding romance. But when Luella discovers her new paramour is the writer behind the anonymous food column whose scathing review of her cooking left her restaurant facing closure, can their relationship survive? A charming tale of mistaken identity and unlikely love, this delightful tale will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.
MRS. EVERYTHING chronicles the life of sisters Jo and Bethie Kaufman from the girls’ childhood in the 1950s to present. In their early lives, the girls both have their roles to play; Bethie is pretty and feminine. Jo is a rebellious tomboy. But the truth, and their futures, are much more complicated. In Mrs. Everything, you’ll go on the journey of a lifetime through incredible historical events, seen through the eyes of two sisters who are just trying to be themselves in a world that wants them to be something else.
In this instant New York Times bestseller and “multigenerational narrative that’s nothing short of brilliant” (People), two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present are explored as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner.
Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.
Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.
But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?
In “her most sprawling and intensely personal novel to date” (Entertainment Weekly), Jennifer Weiner tells a “simply unputdownable” (Good Housekeeping) story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?
An unnamed narrator known as “The Girlfriend” is on a road trip with her (possibly, soon-to-be ex-) boyfriend to visit his parents… but there’s something amiss. Besides the fact that the girlfriend is receiving strange phone calls, events spin out of control when they make an unscheduled stop at an abandoned high school. This is the perfect listen for your next road trip… if you want to seriously freak yourself out.
Anne Corey, an English professor with the goal of tenure, has a problem: her ex-fiancé, a relationship that crumbled over a decade ago, has just been hired as her boss. But Anne’s careful plans to procure tenure and her duties to her ailing father should give her time for little else, especially not for contemplating the close proximity of her first love. Right? Yet life never seems to be that simple, and her one-track mind slowly breaks down as she thinks about the future that may still be possible, the memories that linger. Scandals erupt both with her best friend, Larry, and her own affair with a famous writer, providing an often-comical backdrop to the underlying fixation on past love in this tale inspired by Jane Austen’s PERSUASION.
When FBI agent Kendra Donovan is thrust back in time to 1815 England, a wealthy aristocrat offers his protection, but how will they deal with Kendra’s need to help investigate a distressing murder without the technology she’s always relied on? This book is packed with wonderful historical background, suspense, and romance.
When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born.
Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.
While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.
Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.
In THE SEVEN SISTERS, bestselling author Lucinda Riley offers up a passionate, spellbinding epic about a young woman discovering her family’s past. After her adoptive father’s death, Maia receives a clue about her true parentage. Maia ends up in Brazil where she learns uncovers the story of her mother, Izabela, who traveled to Paris in the 1920s. There, her life was changed forever when she met an ambitious sculptor and became engulfed in the romantic art scene. Love this book? It’s the first in a dazzling new series of historical romance!
From the author of the beloved THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY comes a lovely story about an inquisitive young girl, her beloved aunt, and the alluring visitor who changes the course of their destiny forever. With long-buried family secrets, delightfully eccentric characters, a small-town setting, and a plot that will have you rapidly turning pages, what's not to love?
Kate Morton does it again in this unforgettable story of two women trying to uncover their family’s secret history. Sweeping from the poverty-stricken alleys of Edwardian London to the shores of colonial Australia and back, this intricately plotted tale of physical and emotional journeys is a tribute to the power of storytelling.
From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, a novel that takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through generations and across continents as two women try to uncover their family’s secret past.A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-fi rst birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.
DEAR MRS. BIRD has all the elements of a perfect historical-fiction novel that captures the true plucky British spirit. Sometimes life is scary and dangerous and we say the wrong things, but that does not mean that it’s the end of the world. This charming novel follows Emmeline Lake, who dreams of being a Lady War Correspondent in WWII. She thinks she has caught her big break when she takes a job at a local newspaper but soon finds there’s been a misunderstanding. Instead of writing about the war, Emmeline finds herself typing up letters for Mrs. Bird, a renowned advice columnist. However, when Mrs. Bird refuses to answer letters that contain unpleasantries, Emmy decides to write back to the desperate women who write them.
In this charming novel, Faith Frankel returns to her suburban hometown at age 32, and discovers some mysterious artifacts in the attic of her new house -- and it makes her question if life is at all what it seems. This is a funny, loveable story with family disarray, a murder investigation, and a heroine you'll easily champion.
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