July 12th – “The Guest Book” by Sarah Clarke
An epic family novel set in both Manhattan and an island in Maine that moves through three generations back and forth in time (1936, 1959 & present day). In a way this book is a history of our country’s history with matters of race, class and politics. And asks how we remember and what we choose to forget. Sarah has written a stunning and beautifully told story that will linger in your mind long after you have closed the book. 5 stars
June 27th – “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren
A feel-good romantic comedy that has a great premise (enemies to lovers!) and delivers some flirty fun. Twin sisters, two brothers, a wedding, a secret, a fake marriage and a very spicy romance – set in Minneapolis and Maui. If you are in need of a light breezy escape, this is your book. If you read Christina Lauren’s book, ROOMIES – that has been optioned by Jenna Dewan.
June 19th – “Summer of ’69” by Elin Hilderbrand
Elin’s latest book (her 24th) is her best novel yet and we have loved everything she has written! She is our fav summer beach book author! The story: With her son in Vietnam, one daughter protesting, one pregnant & one tween, Kate Levin is drinking screwdrivers for breakfast. Her mom waits until lunch. Set in the author’s beloved Nantucket, this book is a page turner. The summer of 1969 is another character in the book with everything that happened that fateful summer- (Apollo moon landing, the Vietnam war, Chappaquiddick,Woodstock). Loved loved loved!
June 7th – “The Friends We Keep” by Jane Green
Jane Green along with Elin Hildebrand and Liane Moriarty is one of our fav authors! Her latest book will keep you reading all day at the pool, beach or porch. The story opens with a trio of 3 unlikely friends who meet at university and know they will be friends forever. But life as it does, gets in the way after graduation and they start to lose touch and forget what they envisioned when they were younger. And one of the characters, Evvie, a former child actress is also keeping a huge secret from her friends….. 4 stars
May 30th – “The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls” by Anissa Gray
A trio of adult sisters are coming to terms with their very complicated family history. We all experience and remember our family life differently and this book explores some deep and complicated issues that drive us all. Told with sweetness and with searing honesty about some difficult subjects (incarceration, eating disroders and domestic abuse) while at the same time being a gripping read. 4 stars
May 23rd – “The Castle on Sunset” by Shawn Levy
This book has so much Hollywood wrapped around its pages that The Chateau is almost the narrator storyteller. Perfect summer read. Shawn weaves together historical research and firsthand accounts in an eye popping delicious way. And with 90 years of being in business, the walls are now talking! Jean Harlow, Marvin Gaye, John Belushi, Lindsay Lohan, Sharon Tate, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever, the Sunset Strip, Bugsy Siegal…..4 stars
May 17th – “Queenie” by Candice Carty-Williams
May 8th – “Stay Up With Hugo Best” by Erin Sommers
May 1st: “The Mother-In-Law” by Sally Hepworth
A very compelling and twisty new novel about a woman’s complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in death…but what happens in between as the story is alternately narrated by both daughter-in-law and mother-in-law in past and present terms is what keeps the pages turning. Let’s just say that from the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, she knew she wasn’t the wife Diana had envisioned for her perfect son but everyone in this family is hiding something…Highly recommended (unless you are trying to get pregnant!).
April 26th: “This Book Is Not Yet Rated” by Peter Bognanni
A heartfelt and moving coming of age story. Movies have always helped Ethan, our protagonist. Maybe it’s because movies help him make sense of real life, or maybe it’s because movies are the one place he can go to still feel close to his dad, a film professor who died three years ago. Either way, it’s a place worth fighting for, especially when developers threaten to tear the classic Green Street Cinema down to build a luxury condos.
So now it’s up to the employees of the Green Street Cinema to save the place they love. And it’s going to take a movie miracle if the Green Street is going to have a happy ending. And when Raina, Ethan’s oldest friend (and possible soul mate?), comes home from Hollywood where she’s been starring in B-movies, Ethan thinks that miracle just may have been delivered. This is a book that movies buffs, young adults and anyone who loves a great book will love. 4 stars
April 17th: “Chronicles of a Radical Hag” by Lorna Landvik
A charming, funny and sweet book about the effect a loved newspaper columnist has on the people of the small town of Granite Creek. Haze has chronicled her life and the real world life events in her column for 50 years. Haze is now in her 80’s and while in a coma, the town’s newspaper starts re-printing some of her columns with unexpected results and surprises. We fell in love with this book! And there really are a few recipes (which make sense in context). An excellent book club read too….. 4 stars
April 5 – “The Huntress” by Kate Quinn
Inspired by the true story of Nazis living in plain sight in post WWII America. This incredible saga follows three storylines involving a Russian female bomber pilot, a battle haunted English journalist and a budding teenage photojournalist. Vividly written with rich detail and suspense, this book will have you turning the pages non-stop. If you loved The Lilac Girls, The Nightingale (or The Alice Network which Kate wrote) – this book is for you. 5 stars
March 29 – “My Lovely Wife” by Samantha Downing
Told entirely from the perspective of the unnamed husband, this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage is at a crossroads – until they find something exciting to do together (which is murder). We could not put this book down and read in 2 days. If you love a well written compulsively thrilling twisty book, this is it! Reese Witherspoon needs to option this ASAP! 4 stars
March 25 – “The Age of Light” by Whitney Sharer
Set in 1930’s Paris, this historical fictional novel is about the love story between Vogue model turned photographer, Lee Miller and the artist Man Ray. Lee is only 22 when she arrives in Paris and meets Man. Compelling, intriguing and sexy. This book got an “exploding offer” from Hollywood with Kate Winslet set to play Lee. 5 out of 5 stars.
March 21 – “The Stranger Diaries” by Elly Griffiths
You may know the author from the Ruth Galloway series but this is Elly’s first stand- alone novel.
A British gothic mystery with literary references to a mysterious old book but wrapped in a modern mystery happening at a high school. The book is narrated by Claire (one of the English teachers at the school), Georgie (Clare’s 15 year old daughter) and DS Harbinder (who was once a student at the school and is now a detective). Clare is shaken by the death of her friend and fellow English teacher who is murdered with a note left behind that reads “hell is empty”…and the rest of the quote- in the same handwriting – is then found in Clare’s diary. Yikes! From here the suspenseful storytelling is non-stop. 4 out of 5 stars !
March 13 – “As Long As We Both Shall Live” by JoAnn Chaney
After 20 years of marriage Matt and Marie have been through everything together and when they go on a romantic hiking trip to rekindle the relationship, only one of them comes back alive. Told in past and present tense from both characters, this is a twisty Hitchcockian novel of suspense that is insightful, sharp and will keep you turning the page! The movie rights were sold in November!. 4 stars
This story is set mostly in London 1947 and revolves around the friendship between 2 women (Nan and Vivian) who become friends while embroidering Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown. This is a moving and vivid story of the real-life design studio that made her dress and the incredible story of friendship, love and loss between the two women post WWII. Flash forward to Toronto 2016 when Nan’s granddaughter makes a startling discovery which leads her back to London to try and discover what really happened in Nan’s life…we loved every page. No doubt this is coming to TV. 4 stars
February 28 – “Looker” by Laura Sims
This is a dark drama with an unstable narrator telling her story which is that she is a poetry teacher who is unhappily childless and teetering on the brink of a very unhinged state. She hates her soon to be ex-husband with a passion and has an alarming preoccupation with the movie star actress who lives down the street. You will either love or hate this book. It has been optioned by Emily Mortimer for a limited tv series. 2 stars
February 19 – “An Anonymous Girl” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
From the authors of the best-selling A WIFE BETWEEN US comes another twisty suspense novel. When Jessica Farris sneaks into a psychology study conducted by Dr. Lindsay Shields she thinks it’s going to be just easy money by answering a few questions. But as the questions become more intense in each session and the money goes up, she finds herself in a web of mystery, obsession and deceit. What is real and what it not becomes the question. This book has been optioned for a TV series and their 1st novel has been optioned by Steven Spielberg. These women are on fire! 5 stars
February 6 – “The Adults” by Caroline Hulse
Your worst family gathering could not be as bad as this gathering is. Alternately hilarious and poignant, this debut novel keeps you turning the page. Meet The Adults: Matt and Alex are no longer married but decide for the sake of their 8 year old daughter (who has an imaginary rabbit as a best friend), that they want to spend Christmas together with each other and their new partners. This book starts with the OMG ending and then told from each person’s viewpoint! 4 stars
February 1 – “The Current” by Tim Johnston
January 31st – “Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A” by Lili Anolik
Meet avant garde literary star, Eve Babitz. No one wrote about Hollywood like Eve and that’s because no one lived like her. This is a dishy splashy biography that started out as a story in Vanity Fair. Lili Anolik becomes obsessed with finding Eve and getting to know everything she could about her. The result is discovering an amazing woman who is the ultimate insider in LA, a true bohemian who enjoyed the power of her beauty, slept with a lot of men before they were famous (Harrison Ford, Jim Morrison, Steve Martin to name a few), and oh yeah wrote some incredible books that are resonating with young women right now. If you want to know who Eve is, here’s your book. 4 out of 5 stars
January 23rd – “The War Time Sisters” by Lynda Loigman
Historical fiction fans will love this book. Set in the late 30’s and into WWII, this family drama about 2 sisters (Ruth and Millie) is honest and poignant about the bond (or the lack) of between sisters. Rich in historical detail and beautifully written, this story explores family dynamics, loyalties and the tension that comes with secrets. Lynda also wrote “The Two-Family House”. 4 stars
January 16th – “Last Woman Standing” by Amy Gentry
The author of” Good As Gone” has a terrific 2nd novel of suspense out and we could not put it down. Dana Diaz is an aspiring stand-up comic – a woman in a “man’s world”. When she meets Amanda Dorn after bombing at a comedy night they realize they have a common bond. They both work in a male dominated field (Amanda is a computer programmer) and they have both been wronged. Then Amanda talks Dana into a plan….for revenge. What happens next simply has to be read. This is the first book of 2019 that Hollywood should be fighting over!
January 11th: “The Holdouts” by James Tucker
This is the authors 2nd book featuring a homicide cop (Buddy Lock) in New York City. We haven’t read the first one but this one is terrific. A Long Island fishing crew makes a horrific catch: the bodies of an Asian couple. Homicide cop Buddy Lock knows this is not some an accident. Then people start disappearing in Chinatown and from there this is a story of power and corruption told in a page turning suspenseful way. If you are a fan of Lucas Davenport (John Sandford), Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly) or Cork O’Conner (William Kent Krueger) then we have a new favorite detective for you! 4 stars.
January 4th: “The Dakota Winters” by Tom Barbash.
The Dakota Winters is so sweet, funny and touching we were sad when we were done reading. Anton Winters, the narrator, is a 20 something in the 1980’s and his voice reminded us of Holden Caulfield. If you love the 80’s, anything with New York City as a character, enjoy bites of pop culture and love John Lennon, this charming story is for you. It reads like a faux memoir and you want this novel to be true so badly. 4.5 out of 5 stars.