In my previous book review post, I talked about my favorite reads from July. So here now are my top fiction titles from August:
Last One Home by Debbie Macomber – This is a new novel from the author of the popular Blossom Street and Cedar Cove series. Cassie Carter is back in the state of Washington, with her daughter, after leaving an abusive marriage. Her parents are both gone now, but it looks like she might have a chance to reconnect with her two sisters, Karen and Nichole. Engaging novel about starting over and second chances.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld – A well done remake of Pride and Prejudice by the author of Prep and American Wife, this novel is part of a series of Jane Austen tributes by various contemporary authors. In this incarnation of the beloved classic, the Bennets are a (at least up til now) well-off family in Cincinnati, Ohio, and both Bingley and Darcy are doctors currently working and living there. It has gotten mixed reviews on Amazon, but I enjoyed it.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald – A debut novel by a Swedish author, this was given to me by a friend when I was in the hospital back in March. I had started reading it then but gotten distracted and didn’t come back to it for a few months. Once I did get back into it, I was hooked. It’s the story of Sara Lindqvist, who has come from Sweden to Broken Wheel, Iowa, to visit a pen pal and fellow book lover. When she arrives, the older woman has passed away, but Sara is invited to stay in her house for a while anyway. To pass the time, she decides to use her late friend’s massive book collection to start a bookstore in the small town. I really came to appreciate this lovely book about books and the people who love them.
To See the Moon Again by Jamie Langston Turner – Turner is one of my absolute favorite writers; even when I pare down my book collection, I never get rid of hers because I know I will want to read them again. There is just something about the way she writes that mesmerizes me, although I find it hard to explain. This novel is the story of Julia and Carmen, an aunt and her niece, and how they connect when Carmen comes to visit and stays for a few months. The characters are richly drawn and their stories are complex and wonderful. I highly recommend this and all of her books.