come together and make a fateful decision. Cara, once protected by her
father, Luke, is tormented by a secret that nobody knows. Her brother,
Edward, has secrets of his own. He has kept them hidden, but now they
may come to light, and if they do, Cara will be devastated. Their
mother, Georgie, was never able to compete with her ex-husband’s
obsessions, and now, his fate hangs in the balance and in the hands of
her children. With conflicting motivations and emotions, what will this
family decide? And will they be able to live with that decision, after
the truth has been revealed? What happens when the hope that should
sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?”
“Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship,
acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she’s ashamed to invite
to Parents’ Weekend. With the income she’ll receive from donating her
“pedigree” eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.
Barrow married her high school sweetheart and became the mother to two
boys. After years of staying at home and struggling to support four
people on her husband’s salary, she thinks she’s found a way to recover a
sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash.
Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), has changed everything about
herself: her name, her face, her past. In New York City, she falls for a
wealthy older man, Marcus Croft, and decides a baby will ensure a happy
ending. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology,
and Annie and Jules, to help make her dreams come true.
each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Marcus’ daughter
Bettina, intent on protecting her father, becomes convinced that his new
wife is not what she seems…”
Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (not pictured) –
shopping friend for life! But two-year-old Minnie has a quite different
approach to shopping. The toddler creates havoc everywhere she goes,
from Harrods to her own christening. Her favorite word is “Mine!” and
she’s even trying to get into eBay! On top of everything else, Becky and
Luke are still living with her parents (the deal on house #4 has fallen
through), when suddenly there’s a huge nationwide financial crisis.
people having to cut back, Becky decides to throw a surprise party for
Luke to cheer everyone up. But when costs start to spiral out of
control, she must decide whether to accept help from an unexpected
source—and therefore run the risk of hurting the person she loves.
Becky be able to pull off the celebration of the year? Will she and
Luke ever find a home of their own? Will Minnie ever learn to behave?
And . . . most important . . . will Becky’s secret wishes ever come
fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in
Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary
architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply,
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her
report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to
Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people
in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in
India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages,
official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively
readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and
daughter’s role in an absurd world.”
breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad
memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an
elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the
bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their
differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t.
changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful
secret and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she
faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well.
With the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage
begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her
life and her family. In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult
gracefully explores the lengths to which we will go in order to keep the
past from dictating the future.”
living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and
satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself,
that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian
answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an
eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had
sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep,
Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be
shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate
young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process
of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing
her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet
light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing
missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong
is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may
have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.”
Updated 9/6 True Colors by Kristin Hannah–
“The Grey sisters have always been close. After their mother’s death,
the girls banded together, becoming best friends. Their stern,
disapproving father cares less about his children than about his
reputation. To Henry Grey, appearances are everything, and years later,
he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community.
the oldest, needs her father’s approval most of all. An overweight
bookworm who never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that has
been in her family for three generations, she knows that she doesn’t
have the qualities her father values. But as the best lawyer in town,
she’s determined to someday find a way to prove her worth to him.
the middle sister, is the family peacemaker. She brokers every dispute
and tries to keep them all happy, even as she hides her own secret pain.
Ann is the undisputed star of the family. A stunningly beautiful
dreamer with a heart as big as the ocean in front of her house, she is
adored by all who know her. Everything comes easily for Vivi Ann, until a
stranger comes to town. . . .
In a matter of moments, everything
will change. The Grey sisters will be pitted against one another in ways
that none could have imagined. Loyalties will be tested and secrets
revealed, and a terrible, shocking crime will shatter both their family
and their beloved town.
With breathtaking pace and penetrating emotional insight, True Colors is an unforgettable novel about sisters, rivalry, forgiveness, redemption—and ultimately, what it means to be a family.”
It’s been years since I
reviewed a book with anything more than the star rating, but I feel
moved to do so here. This book was so terrible that it honestly pained
me at times to continue. I am seriously shocked at all the high ratings
it has. For the first 3/4 of the book I hated the characters and not in a
“love to hate” kind of way either. They simply were not likeable. I
thought the writing style was elementary and I only continued because
I’m a committed person and needed to see it through to the end. [Most
of] the ending was it’s only saving grace. Some of the characters
redeemed themselves and I flew through the last 1/4 of the book, eager
to see what would happen. I have read a couple of Kristin Hannah’s books
and really wanted to like this book, but I didn’t.
selecting the 12 books we’d read over the course of the year. Even though I’m not meeting with
anyone to discuss the books, I’ve decided to still work my way through
the list. After reading four of the books on our list this month alone, these are the remaining eight books. I’m also looking forward to reading new books by some of my favorite authors!
Read anything great this Summer? I’m always looking for suggestions to add to my list! Are you on Goodreads? You can find me, here.