Archive for May, 2019

Under the Table

May 18, 2019

book… is a novel about a girl from Cleveland trying to make it work in the Big Apple. Zoey, a part time chef, shares an apartment with her older sister, who loves to party. She has left her husband behind, vowing to spend a year away from him before she divorces him. Enter a new client, Tristan who is handsome, rich and has fabulous manners. This is a quick read, but the reader may need to suspend disbelief in order to finish. The character of Tristan is described in a reader’s review as “belonging in a Hallmark movie”. He is just way too good to be true. But if you are looking for a light read with plenty of romance, this fits the bill. Spoiler alert: it’s most definitely a happily-ever- after story.

Summer 2019 free audiobooks from SYNC

May 16, 2019

Image result for sync audiobooks teens   The 2019 season of free SYNC audiobooks for teens began three weeks ago.  SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens sponsored by AudioFile magazine.  Each week, SYNC gives away two audio book downloads based on weekly themes.  The titles are available through the free Overdrive app through August 1st.  Visit the web site and download today!  Encourage the teenagers in your life to give it a try.  [Adults might also enjoy these titles!]

Lovely War

May 14, 2019


If you like Greek Mythology, historical fiction, or romance – then Lovely War by Julie Berry is perfect for you. Luckily, I love all three.

The book oscillates between three separate but connected stories taking place during World War I (often historical books center on WWII so this was a nice change).

It’s 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She’s a shy and talented pianist; he’s a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it’s immediate and deep–and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.

Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who’s played Carnegie Hall, he’s a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment being sent to Europe to help end the Great War. Love is the last thing on his mind. But that’s before he meets Colette Fournier, a Belgian chanteuse who’s already survived unspeakable tragedy at the hands of the Germans.

Thirty years after these four lovers’ fates collide, the Greek goddess Aphrodite tells their stories to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another? But her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music and reveals that War is no match for the power of Love.

Julie Berry is known for her spot-on historical fiction and her exhaustive research. I learned a lot of interesting things concerning WWI and the African-American regiments that participated in the war – along with some American Jazz history. One of my favorite books of the year so far!

When You Read This

May 13, 2019

bookWhat do you do when you find out you only have several months to live? Iris Massey decides to deal with this by writing her thoughts in a diary form on This first novel by Mary Adkins is a quirky look at Iris’s life and the people in it, told through a series of emails between her boss, her work email that he keeps writing to after she’s died, his wacky new assistant, and her sister. It’s a heartwarming story about the impact of one soul upon others, even after that person has died.

Library of Lost and Found

May 9, 2019

Martha Storm is a single, middle-aged librarian in England busy doing tasks for other people. Her disappointments in life include sacrificing her best years and her fiancee to care for her parents.  When a mysterious stranger leaves her a book which contains the stories she used to write as a child, Martha wants to find out how the book came to be published.  Along the way, we meet Suki, her pregnant, single friend who always confuses words in an affectionately, silly way; Owen, the local bookshop owner; Zelda, her dead (or is she?) beloved grandmother, and other characters who populate Martha’s world. A cozy read.

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