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    • #4448
      Anne
      Keymaster

      I will add these to the list:

       

      I loved Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. True story about an American hairdresser who went to war torn Afghanistan and started a beauty School.

      When Deborah returned to the US she felt lost and ended up moving to Mexico. I am reading her memoir of that entitled, Margarita Wednesdays.

      Another favorite book that I just found at a yard sale, “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese. Twin brothers in Ethiopia  orphaned by the mother’s death (Indian nun) and father’s disappearance (British surgeon) coming of age.

    • #4451
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Here is the previous  list

      Beach books

    • #4467
      Kern
      Participant

      Thanks for the update.  Loved reading Cutting for Stone – amazing characters.  Keep the recommendations coming!

    • #4481
      Anne
      Keymaster

      All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr  “a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”

      The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah  In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do,

      Me Before You by Jojo Moyes  You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel 

      The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Psychological thriller

      Come Rain Come Shine by Jan Karon The most recent in the Mitford Series

       

    • #4921
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Pool day today. Sun felt great on my face!! Started

      Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. Outstanding writing. Allende wrote a number of best-selling books

    • #5337
      Anne
      Keymaster

      For those of you who enjoy the Karon books in the Mitford Series, you’ll enjoy Come Ran Come Shine. All the characters come together for Dooley & Lace’s wedding.

    • #5399
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Very fun, lightweight read. The Blonde Theory by Kristin Harmel.

      A successful Manhattan attorney has it all except a date! Her challenges in finding a date.

      I sent this to my daughter who lives in New York and she just shook her head but she read it!

       

    • #6137
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Today I read My Name is Lucy Barton by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.

      Very quick read about mother/daughter relationships.  Good but not exceptional.

      I have started to re-read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Love this book about a couple who immigrates from India to Cambridge, Mass.

      Lahiri has a new book which I started reading but not as good.

      Please post your beach books. Always looking.

       

       

    • #6197
      Anne
      Keymaster

      For Maeve Binchy fans, there is a new book of her short stories. I prefer novels but these stories are full of the Binchy colorful characters. I miss her!

      A Few of the Girls

       

    • #6199
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Karen also suggests these. All great reads.

      The Nightingale and Girl on a Train. Two other favourites are My Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda and The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

    • #6216
      Anne
      Keymaster

      I am enjoying the Maeve Binchy short story collection which is easy to pick up and put down. Today I started a new book by Debbie Macomber. Very good and  fast read, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On”

      Also discovered that Shilpi Somaya Gowda has a new book which I ordered.

      Golden Son

       

    • #6315
      Anne
      Keymaster

      For those of you who enjoyed My Secret Daughter which I recommend, you will also enjoy

      Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

      which I am currently reading. Takes place in India and Texas USA.

    • #6356
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Thanks to Karen for mentioning The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

      I am re-reading this and enjoying it. Ostensibly written by a dog named Enzo.

    • #6421
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Sitting here sobbing. I had read that book before but well worth re-reading. It is written by a dog but has so many messages of perseverance, hope, faith. Definitely worth reading or re-reading.

    • #6490
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Home Before Dark by Susan Wiggs

      Rich  characters, sisters, children, life’s trials & tribulations. Good read.

    • #6582
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Most wanted by Lisa Scottolini

      A woman who conceives a child  via a donor sees his pic on the news as a serial killer. She sets out to prove otherwise. Lots of twists and turns.

    • #6694
      Anne
      Keymaster

      I am enjoying “All Summer Long” by Dorothea Benton Frank.

      She is one of my favorite “beach book” authors. Her books take place in South Carolina where I now live.  She may have “coaxed” me here as I read her books before moving.

      This book takes a wealthy Manhattan interior designer and her laid back professor husband to “downsizing” to  Sullivans Island in South Carolina

    • #6805
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Really enjoyed

      Here’s to Us by Elin Hildrebrand.

      Takes place on Nantucket Island off the coast of Cape Cod. Three ex-wives and their children gather to spread the ashes of their husband, a former famous chef.

      Lots of twists and turns.

    • #8405
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Great book:

       

      The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

      Takes plan Mexico based on a true story

      #1 bestseller

      “Miracles & passion abound: The story of a young woman whose gifts as a healer lend her the aura of a saint and who must come to terms with a surprising destiny as all of Mexico erupts in revolution crying out her name.”

    • #8939
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Boatchick suggests The Moment Keeper

      The Moment Keeper

    • #10491
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Two by Two – Nicholas Sparks

      An advertising executive thinks he has it all until his career & marriage start unraveling

    • #10595
      Anne
      Keymaster

      I am greatly enjoying re-reading The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards.

       

      Can’t put it down. A doctor makes a life altering decision which impacts many when he delivers his own twins during a snowstorm

    • #10644
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Excellent new thriller

      A pregnant woman falls overboard on a cruise ship. Suicide? Murder? Accident?

      The Widower’s Wife

      by Cate Holahan

    • #11003
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Sally Hepworth  “A Mother’s Promise”

      A single mom and her teenaged daughter struggle with  the daughter’s anxiety disorder. When  the mother develops cancer. the pair then find their support network coming from unusual places.

    • #11031
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Kern sent me some book suggestions:

      The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd  Excellent!!

      Paris for One, by Jojo Moyes

      Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova.

    • #11257
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Every Wild Heart by Meg Donohue

      Single professional Mom raising teenage daughter who has a serious horse riding accident. Everything changes after that.

      Also:  All the Summer Girls

       

    • #11907
      Anne
      Keymaster

      I started this today and can’t put it down.

      Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

      The story of several generations of one Korean family in  Japan is the story of every family whose parents sacrifice for their children.

    • #12173
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Suggested by Lokes

      Fascinating . . . a brilliant entrée into the souls, terrors, ardors, endeavors and hopeless valor of people who have
      been written off. . . . ” —Thomas Keneally, Bestselling author of Schindler’s List

      A young girl flees Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas refuge they had been promised is an illusion in this “powerful and affecting” (Kirkus Reviews) debut novel, perfect for fans of The Nightingale, All the Light We Cannot See, and Schindler’s List.

    • #12588
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Jane Green “The Sunshine Sisters”

      Three estranged sisters are summoned home by their also estranged mother

    • #12655
      Anne
      Keymaster

      The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

      Psychological Thriller

    • #13110
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Lisa See is a wonderful author. Just finished her excellent book

      The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

      Others include

      China Dolls

      Snow Flower & the Secret Fan

    • #13848
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Manuel

      Palm trees in the Snow by Luz Gabás.
      * The Baltimore Boys/Le livre des Baltimore by Joel Dicker.

    • #13875
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Beach House for Rent

      by Mary Alice Monroe

      A true beach book taking place on the Isle of Palms SC (where I take Murph to the beach)

    • #14011
      Blueskies
      Participant
    • #16862
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Oleander Girl

      by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

    • #17214
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Excited that our pool opened today! I just finished this charming book about the relationship between an 85 year old widower and a teenager

      The Story of Arthur Truluv

      By Elizabeth Berg.

    • #22706
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Just re-read a beach book. Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe.  Lots of stuff about beaches, turtles.

      • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by Anne.
    • #22762
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Another great beach book

      Bull’s Island by Dorothea Benton Frank

      Takes place between New Yort City & South Carolina. “Honor,chance and star crossed love infused with Southern wit, grace & charm”

       

    • #22978
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Great book – takes place on Marthas Vineyard & Nantucket islands off Cape Cod

      Summer of ’69

      Elin Hilderbrand

    • #22984
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Queen Bee Dorothea Bentron Frank’s most recent

    • #22994
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Winter in Paradise

      Elin Hilderbrand

      A woma recieves a call that her husband has died in a mysterious hellicopter crash in the US Virgin Islands. She soon discovers her hsband was living a secret life she knew nothing about.

    • #23019
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Just finished another great beach book.

      By Invitation Only

      By Dorothea Benton Frank

      A South Carolina farmer marries into a Chicago elite family

      Quite entertaining.

    • #23162
      Anne
      Keymaster

      The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Munroe. A diverse group of horse lovers gather in a North Carolina mountain retreat during a hurricane. Many bring their prize horses and canines. A great read for horse & dog lovers.

      Also by the same author: Beach House Reunion

    • #23375
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Another great beach book for turtle lovers:

      Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe.

      Lovie is known on the Isle of Palms, SC as the “Turtle Lady”.

      Lot of great turtle stories, some romance. Have tissues handy at the end.

    • #23863
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Just finished a great book by Marie Benedict. The Only Woman in the Room. Based on a true life story of Hety Lamar, the actress and scientist.

      “Underestimated she overheard the Third Reich’s plan while at her husband’s side, understandin more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from the castle, and her whirwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamar, screen star.  She kept a secret that she was also a scientist”

       

      This is an amazing story of a woman who risked everything in time of war to help the cause.

    • #23993
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Thriller will keep you guessing until the last page:

      The First Mistake

      By Sandie Jones

       

    • #24217
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Just finished a thriller. I happened to love my Mother In Law but the Mother in Law in this book will give you chills.

      “The Other Woman” by Sandie Jones.

      ;

    • #24769
      Anne
      Keymaster

      The Secret Orphan by Glynis Peters. Excellent.

    • #24776
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Beauchamp Hall

      by Danielle Steele

      a disillusioned 30 something goes to UK to find herself and get over betrayal by boss, best friend & boyfriend

    • #25613
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Great thriller:

       

      ” Then She Was Gone” by Lisa Jewell

    • #25614
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Great thriller:

       

      ” Then She Was Gone” by Lisa Jewell

    • #25689
      Anne
      Keymaster

      During the quarantine I am reading historical fiction by the German author Sara Lark.

       

      In the land of the Long White Cloud and

      Fire Blossom both take place in New Zealand.   Lots of interesting details.

    • #26160
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Based on the Movie “Same Time Next Year”

      28 Summers

    • #26188
      Anne
      Keymaster

      Reading a wonderful book by Maeve Binchy who passed away. I thought I had read all of her books. This is a delight.

      A Week in Winter.

      I am also reading an historical fiction book about Jamaica. I did not know Jamaica had slaves from Ireland. If you are going to Jamaica you may want to read this.

      The Tide Between Us by Olive Collins.

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