When a mysterious sleeping sickness rests on a California town, every resident is thrown into a spiral of worry. Where is this plague coming from? When will it end? Following various characters in the wake of the sickness, the reader watches with bated breath as members of the community band together, some for support and others out of necessity. The author’s detailed writing style adds to the suspense, for it paints a vivid and eerily real picture of a world turned upside down. This newest novel by Karen Thompson Walker will have you sitting on the edge of your seat in captivating anticipation.
Claire Lombardo’s debut novel dives into the hidden complexities within a seemingly perfect family. Marilyn and David, married for decades with four grown daughters, are still madly in love but constantly being tested by the trials and tribulations of daily life. The reader gets an in-depth view of each character’s unique personality (while family secrets are uncovered along the way). They see how Marilyn and David’s love story unfolds and is constantly tested, but never wavers. Fans of Ann Patchett will love this book, for it is a true testament to the depth of family ties in spite of overwhelming challenges.
This entertaining novel by Mary Adkins is a glance into the complexity of emotions that develop in the wake of grief. Written in a creative and easy-to-read epistolary style, the story follows the correspondence of the individuals who had connections to the late Iris Massey, who passed away from cancer at the young age of 33. Through emails and text messages, the reader gets an inside look at the ways in which the novel’s characters cope with the loss of Iris in their own ways, as well as form connections with each other. “When You Read This” serves as a testament to the fact that love and intimate connection can be found even after experiencing a loss.
Heartwarming and beautifully written, The Last Romantics is a story that portrays the joy, pain, and complexities of family dynamics. The reader follows the life of accomplished author Fiona Skinner and discovers how her relationships with her mother and each of her siblings evolves through the decades. The relatability of the characters will have whomever opens this novel laughing and crying right beside them until the very end.