The French War Bride by Robin Wells
I liked this one. An old lady in a nursing home is visited by the ex-fiance of her husband. The husband she married in like 1945. Jilted lady hasn’t gotten over being jilted and wants to know why. Enter WWII, France. We follow Amelie through the war as she loses her family and then her best friend and how she ends up as married to an American Army doctor. This was well written and I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to play out.
The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky
In 1939 Vienna, Rose and her brother are sent to live in England by their Jewish parents. They never see their parents again. Current day, Lizzie is trying to deal with her father’s death and her screwed up life. She meets Rose and finds out that a painting her father once owned, that was stolen during one of her teenage parties, had once belonged to Rose’s family and was taken by the Nazis most likely. We go back in forth between then and now with the painting being the center of it all. I didn’t like Lizzie. She needed to get over herself and get her shit together. I have a hard time reading about woe is me characters who blame all their problems on everyone else but themselves. We get enough of that shit in our real lives and I don’t particular want to read about it. I did like Rose and I liked the past sections of this book more.
The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield
The back cover did not prepare for this. Rachel is an alcoholic. She has been writing letters to people she hurt as part of her 12 steps, but no one is responding. Then her dad dies, so she goes home where she’ll have to confront them all. At first, she was not likable. Her home, a small town in Montana, was also the most depressing place ever. All everyone did was drink and do drugs. As time went on and we got further into the story, I started to like her and everyone else. The drinking became not so depressing and more kind of a social thing. I didn’t dislike this, but it was kinda depressing and just an odd book.
The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff
Read this one because I read The Orphan Train by her last month and liked it. This was good, but it could have been so much better. Poland, WWII. Helena and her twin sister are raising their younger siblings. Their dad is dead and mom is in the hospital. They are plugging along until Helena finds an American pilot. She hides him and ends up keeping him a secret from her sister, which causes trouble on multiple accounts. This easily could have had more details and made the story that much better.
The Wedding Tree by Robin Wells
I read this because it is the story of a minor character in The French War Bride. I thought it would follow the same format, but no. This was more in the present with only flashes into the past. It was also more about the granddaughter than it was the lady and her life during WWII. It was ok, just not great.
City Mouse by Stacey Lender
I did a full review here.
The Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline
I usually like her books. I’ve been reading them for years. This one felt really bland and generic to me. This guy moves to a new town and gets a job as a secret. From the get go, you know he isn’t who he says he is, but they make it out that he’s some kind of bad guy. I figured out right away that he was with some letter agency and undercover. Wasn’t that hard. I felt like she was really just calling it in to throw another book out there. If you want to read hers, don’t start with this one.
My So Called Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
I gave up on Kinsella years ago. Her books hadn’t evolved and were just not good. The Shopaholic books are the perfect example to that. I had heard good things about this one though and I wasn’t disappointed. I really liked this. Basically, Katie is living in London and portraying herself to have this great life, which she doesn’t have. She then loses her job. An invitation comes from her dad and his girlfriend to help start their glamping business. They don’t know she lost her job, so she lies and says she took a sabbatical. Their business becomes a success and Katie learns a lot about herself and her abilities. Seriously good and way better than anything she’s written lately. Actually Finding Audrey was good too. I think I read that last year.
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Another WWII book. There are times when I get sick of these, but when they have good stories and characters, I can read them all day long. This followed a few women in a small town. All the men were gone, so much to the vicar’s shock, the women started a ladies’ choir. We have two sisters, aged 18 and like 13, a nurse whose son is fighting, a midwife who has some shady shit going on, and a Czech refugee. The book follows the women/girls over a summer. There is a lot of character development and really shows what us ladies can do. It was a little slow going at first, but great once I got into it.
The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel
This is another book about cop Louise Rick. I’ve read a few other books of hers and like them, but this one just ok. The books are set in Denmark. A woman is murdered in England and turns out she was once reported missing in Denmark. Reported missing by Louise’s boyfriend, who was once this woman’s boyfriend and also happens to be a cop and Louise’s partner. Yeah. His long missing girlfriend is brought up in other books, so it was kinda interesting to see this one play out .his was one where you figured some things out before they did. Not bad at all, but not her best.