by Malena Lott
I’ve been voraciously reading – opting to read in the carpool line instead of being on my phone – which is a great tip for anyone who says they don’t have time to read. We all have a few stolen moments we can spend inside of a book. Fall is full of great reads – and here’s a list of recent “finishes” and also what I’m reading now since I won’t see you for a month (’til my turn comes ’round again.)
Forgotten: A Novel by Catherine Mckenzie
A lawyer visits Africa as her mother’s dying wish, gets sick and doesn’t return for six months, and everyone thinks she’s dead. She tries to rebuild her life, but it’s an opportunity for her to do things differently this time. I loved the fresh concept and Catherine is a solid writer. I was expecting to read much more about Africa in the book and her experience there is bare, so the bulk of the story is her character back home, dealing with the aftermath of her disappearance. With a dash of romance and lots of spirited writing, I think women’s fiction fans will be right at home.
A Simple Thing: A Novel by Kathleen McCleary
From the publisher:
How far would you go to protect your children? Would you do it at the expense of your marriage? How far would you go to protect yourself?
For Susannah Delaney, the answers lie thousands of miles away, off the northwest corner of Washington state. When Susannah discovers her young son is being bullied and her adolescent daughter is spinning out of control, she moves them to remote Sounder Island in the San Juans to live off the grid for a year. Susannah hopes to save her children from the risks they’ve encountered at home, and to come to terms with her own haunted past. But the move threatens her marriage to the man she’s loved since childhood, and her very sense of self.
For Betty Pavalak, who first moved to Sounder to save her own troubled marriage, the island has been a haven for more than fifty years. But Betty also knows the guilt of living with choices she made long ago and actions that cannot be undone.The unlikely friendship between Susannah and Betty ignites a journey of self-discovery for both women that brings them both home to what they love most. A SIMPLE THING moves beyond friendship, children, and marriages to look deeply into what it means to love and forgive–yourself.
I read A Simple Thing in late summer – doesn’t that cover beckon you to? – and I’m a sucker for a “go off and discover yourself” tale. Kathleen’s writing is very crisp and her characters were well-developed. As a mom to a tween and teen myself, I could relate to Betty’s pull to protect her kids. Fans of family dramas will enjoy this one.
More recommended and reading:
Thriller – Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Crime – Distortion by Lucie Smoker
Mainstream – The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere
Suspense/Mystery – Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth
Celeb Satire – Beneath a Starlet Sky by Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper
Women’s fiction – Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas
FreeBee Alert: Retribution, Lucie Smoker’s short story is available for FREE in the Kindle store today through Sunday.
Announcement! My fourth novel, SOMETHING NEW, is coming out 11/5, but the trade paperback is already in the Amazon store. Excited to share the story of the Apple women with readers. If you’re a blogger, I’d love to connect with you for a review or Q&A and giveaway.