Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

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.

The Kinship of Secrets

April 3, 2019

kinshipCalvin and Najin Cho decide to emigrate to the United States from South Korea in 1948. They take their older daughter with them and leave their infant girl behind with Najin’s parents and brother, planning to return once settled in America. But war breaks out in Korea, and Najin’s family must leave their home to find safety from the fighting. The Chos cannot save enough to return to Korea, but never forget their daughter, Inja. Eugenia Kim skillfully contrasts the struggle of the Chos in America with the hardships of 1950s Korea. I found this to be a very heartwarming novel, with a fascinating window into Korean culture.

More Than Words

March 27, 2019

9780735218307Nina’s father is dying and she is not ready to face it. When Nina was eight, her mother was killed in a car crash, so she has no other family left. There is Tim, her best friend and his family – his dad is running her father’s company- and she is close to his mom, but it’s not the same. Nina will have to give up her career as a speechwriter for Rafael, a candidate for mayor, to concentrate on taking her dad’s place in his business. And what will she make of the growing attraction between herself and Rafael? Will she ignore it to marry Tim? Jill Santopolo has written a new novel about the difficulty of relationships, and managing family secrets buried in the past.

Forget You Know Me

March 23, 2019

book coverAfter moving to Chicago for work, Lisa has lost the closeness that she once had with her best friend Molly. In an effort to try to maintain the friendship, Lisa settles on a video chat during a “girls night”. But when Molly steps away to attend to her daughter, Lisa sees a masked man enter the house and shut down Molly’s laptop. Frantic with worry, Lisa phones the police. When she is can’t reach Molly, she decides to drive to Cincinnati to check on her friend, only Molly shrugs it off and doesn’t even let Lisa into her house. This novel by Jessica Strawser shines a spotlight on the intricacies of relationships and skillfully demonstrates the damaging effects that betrayal and deceit have on friendship and marriage.

The Lost Girls of Paris

February 24, 2019

indexThe SOE, or Special Operations Executive, was an English intelligence agency that was authorized by Churchill to “set Europe ablaze,” using subversion and sabotage during WWII. Eleanor Trigg is the fictional head of a program within the SOE to train women as radio transmitters, theorizing that they are less likely to be suspected by the Germans than male operatives. But at one point, almost an entire network¬† based in and around Paris begins to disappear, and one operative’s radio transmissions become erratic. Eleanor tries to warn the Director that the girls may have been compromised, but he dismisses her fears. Jenoff does an impressive job of placing the reader in the middle of 1944 Occupied France, with her description of the brutal treatment of the French by the Germans and the French (Vichy) government. She suggests that the network of informants was considered expendable by the English government, in order to mislead the enemy, a horrifying premise. It’s an excellent read for anyone interested in WWII…

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