Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday Mini-Reviews: Four Great Selections

I've still been racing through books at a pretty good pace.  There are so many books out there right now that I've got my eyes on, and no way of ever catching up, but I'm sure doing my best to get to everything I can.  

These four were ones I loved during the past week.  

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth- I read Hepworth's first book and really liked it, but haven't picked up another one of hers since.  The Mother-In-Law comes out in April and it's definitely one to have on your radar.  This is a novel of suspense set in Australia.  Lucy has always had a hard time with her mother-in-law, Diana.  Diana is hard to get to know, and Lucy has tried on numerous occasions to develop a relationship with her.  When Diana is found dead in her home, it first looks like a suicide, but after the police get involved, it becomes obvious that there is more to Diana's death than it initially appears.

More Than Words by Jill Santopolo - I enjoy a nice romance from time to time, and this one fit the bill.  Nina's father dies leaving her his company. Her whole life she thought her father was perfect - a successful businessman, a loving father. After his death, Nina uncovers several secrets that cause her to see her father in a new light.  Nina is also engaged to her childhood best friend, yet she can't help but feel attracted to her boss, Rafael. At some point, Nina will have to deal with her feelings and with the mess her father left her.  This one is somewhat predictable, but honestly, I didn't mind a bit.

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray - this one is being compared to The Mothers, which is apt. Three sisters, Althea, Violet and Lillian grew close when Althea became the matriarch at a young age after their mother's death. When Althea and her husband are arrested and eventually sentenced to prison time, the sisters join efforts to help raise Althea's children.  I liked this one a lot, which features an African American family struggling through hard times.

The Lost Girls by Pam Jenoff - Grace comes upon a suitcase sitting at a train station. When she opens it she finds pictures of young women that she becomes curious about.  After some research Grace learns that Eleanor Trigg, a leader of the secret agents during World War II, is the owner of the suitcase.  Grace can't help but set out to solve the mystery of who these young women were. Part of this novel is narrated by Marie, one of the Resistance workers, and the rest by Grace, and I really liked how Jenoff was able to blend the stories together at the end of the novel. I love WWII novels, and this one set toward the end of it was so interesting and kept me turning pages quickly.

I would recommend all of these books to other readers. They are all worth curling up with if you find a free moment.