New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

Wings of Fire by T Tui Sutherland (This is book 3 in the Wings of Fire series)

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (paperback)

As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson (paperback)

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier (paperback)

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New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

And the Mountain Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo (the latest Harry Hole novel)

Storm Front by Richard Castle (this the first printed novel featuring Derrick Storm)

A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

The Second Empress by Michelle Moran (paperback)

True Sisters by Sandra Dallas (paperback)

May Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of May:

1  The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

2  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

3  Inferno by Dan Brown

4  Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

5  Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

6  Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

7  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

8  Still Life:  A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

9  A Feast of Crows by George RR Martin

10  One Summer:  The Blue Bistro and the Love Season by Elin Hilderbrand

The Beach Club

I love Elin Hilderbrand’s books and I really can’t express this enough.  Her novels are always set in Nantucket and have characters who are at a turning point in their lives.  The stories are wonderful contemporary fiction that leaves me smiling.  The Beach Club is her fist novel and tells the stories of the staff of one of Nantucket’s best hotels.  Bill and Therese have own the Beach Club for years.  In fact, it has been in Bill’s family for three generations.  The plan is to give the hotel and club to their daughter, Cecily, after she finishes college.  Bill’s health is starting to decline so it is looking like Cecily will have to take on the responsibility sooner.  Mack is their hotel manager and is a charming and efficient employee.  He makes all of the guest feel welcome and at home, and everyone loves him.  It seems highly unlikely that the hotel would function or succeed without Mack’s hard work.  His girlfriend Maribel doesn’t work at the Beach Club, but her life is wrapped up in  the hotel due to her relationship with Mack.  Vance has been the head bellman for the Beach Club for the past twelve years even though he had applied for the manager’s job.    Needless to say, this has been an enormous thorn in his paw.  Jem and Love are new to the island and the Beach Club.  They are both excited for their season on the island and have big expectations.  Lacey doesn’t work at the hotel, but she might as well.  She is their oldest club member and frankly the one person everyone goes to for advice.  Things are changing for everyone and they can feel a storm is brewing.

This was a great story.  It had all the qualities that are quintessentially  Hilderbrand:  relationship drama, feelings of being lost in life, and a huge emphasis on the island and food.  It seems that every year in May I have to read one of  Hilderbrand’s novels.  For some reason, this is what starts my move into summer reading.  She never disappoints me and I  finish a book feeling good about life.  I always recommend her books when someone asks me for a nice read or a book to just get lost in for a few hours.

Rage Against the Dying

Becky Masterman’s debut novel Rage Against the Dying is a hair raising mystery set right in our back yard.  Pushed into retirement, former FBI agent Brigid Quinn and her husband are starting to settle down in Tucson and live a quiet life.  Brigid has decided retirement isn’t so bad and is starting to rather like her quiet life , but then her past finds her.   Now she finds herself  involved with an old unsolved case that was rather gruesome and horrific.  A man has come forwarded claiming to have been the Route 66 killer that Brigid spent years searching for.  He evens tells the FBI that he knows where Brigid’s missing protegee has been taken and will help them find her.  Of course, the new FBI agent on the case believes the confession to be a fake, leaving it all up to Brigid to once and for all close this deadly case.

Materman’s writing style is compelling.  She weaves in and out of the past and present flawlessly, making the reader unable to put the book down.  She also uses multiple narrators to tell the story,  giving you a complete look at what is happening.  This book has a few graphic and intense moments that will both make you both cringe and keep reading to find out what happens.  I was utterly immersed in the story from the first paragraph and all the way through the book.  And of course, I loved that it took place in Tucson.  Somehow it just makes the story that much better when I know the setting.  Be sure to get Masterman’s novel, this is an author to start looking for.

Widow Waltz

Sally Koslow’s novel The Widow Waltz is a great read that really looks at family relationships and the support that can be drawn from each other.  Georgia Waltz has the perfect life in New York city with her attorney husband and two daughters.  One of her daughters is living abroad in Paris and the other is attending Stanford.  Everything seems to be in order for the Waltz family, but everything changes after her husband suddenly dies from a heart attack.  This alone is  enough to put the family in turmoil, but soon they discover that there is no money, their New York apartment and the beach house in the Hamptons are mortgaged to the hilt  and they have no idea what Ben did with all of their money.  Forced to change her life completely, Georgia sets out to find a way to support her daughters while trying to  discover her late husband’s secrets.

I really like this novel.  Koslow’s  characters are transformed by the end of the novel, not only individually but in their relationships with each other.   It was encouraging to see how everyone learns to adapt, even if reluctantly, and becomes a family again.  This is a great summer read when you are ready to sit back and escape your daily life for a few hours.

The Widow Waltz will be on sale June 13th so pre-order today.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Robert B Parker’s Wonderland by Ace Atkins (The latest Spenser novel)

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

Icons by Margaret Stohl

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Loki’s Wolves by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr

One Summer:  Two Novels by Elin Hilderbrand (This is a reprinting of two books in one, The Blue Bistro and The Love Season)

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (in paperback)