• By Carolyn Price
  • Posted Sunday, July 9, 2017

Books We like

It’s summer time! Hopefully everyone will pick up a book or download a book or even listen to at least one during the summer. Here’s a few suggestions, mostly fiction, a few newer than others, sci fi, mystery, and of course a little bit of romance.

Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews. Perfect summertime reading. Cara Kryzik is a floral designer who’s barely making ends meet in Savannah, GA, as she tries to make a name for herself, get over a divorce, keep her own shop from falling apart and pay her father back for a loan. She’s good at her trade, but bad luck just keeps happening, especially when a new, hot, male designer tries to move into her territory. Weddings are her mainstay, but they also take lots of time and diplomacy. Can she keep her business afloat, her dog from escaping, and still have a personal life? Andrews does a great job with the story and keeps the reader interested in finding out if Cara can make it or not.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, the first of a two book series. Etta Spencer discovers a very unexpected inherited family trait during her violin solo--she can travel through time. It took a bit of time for her to come to this conclusion, but once she knew, her life becomes a hectic blur. How is she supposed to find a precious object that could possibly change the course of history when she’s not even sure what it is? Can and should history be changed to benefit anyone, herself included?

Wayfarer (the conclusion to Passenger)Etta continues her journeys with new friends, family, and enemies as the suspense mounts in the quest to control time. Is her mother really trying to help or hinder? Can her new found love support her through centuries. Will she be able to go back to her home? I thoroughly enjoyed this new author and the tale she spins.

Queen of the Cookbooks by Ashton Lee. This is the second in a series, but I read it first. It’s on this side of silly, but with the subject matter, I couldn’t resist reading it. It’s about a small Mississippi town getting a new library to replace an old one. There are issues with the ultra conservative religious group in town and they want to close the library down. Maura Beth McShay, the librarian, thinks a cooking contest on opening day would be a good way to entice everyone to come out and tour the new library and enjoy the summer day. It contains recipes of some tasty sounding southern dishes.

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick. It’s the 1930’s in California, mainly around the small coastal town of Burning Cove where up and coming actors and actresses go to be seen and take some time off in between movies. The Burning Cove Hotel is the place to go to be pampered and protected. However an actress is found drowned at the bottom of the pool by Irene Glasson, a small press reporter who would like to find the killer. There are “dark and dangerous secrets” surrounding most of the main characters and it’s hard to know whom to trust. Oliver Ward owns the hotel, and was once a world famous magician. He’s drawn into the intrigue as he tries to help Irene. There’s not much that the powerful moguls in Hollywood won’t do to protect the up and coming actors, since they’re the ones bringing in the money. The story abounds with “misdirections”, a magician’s favorite tool.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. You may not think you want to read about end of life situations, but it comes to all of us and those we love. This book encourages one to think and plan about what you want your final days of life to be like. His suggestions use real life experiences and leaves you with positive vibes.

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