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Fall from grace by Danielle Steel
Sydney Wells’s perfect life with her wealthy, devoted husband vanishes when he dies suddenly in an accident. Widowed at forty-nine, she discovers he has failed to include her in his will. With Andrew’s vicious daughters in control of his estate, and no home or money, Sydney finds a job in fashion, despite her own designer daughters’ warnings. Naïve, out of her element, and alone in a world of shady international deals and dishonest people, she is set up by her boss and finds herself faced with criminal prosecution.
The characters in this book are extremely well developed with enough realism and flaws in their demeanor to make them look relatable in the eyes of the readers. The main character, Sydney, is painted with honesty and she can be an epitome for all the women facing similar odds in their lives. Even the supporting characters are so tastefully and convincingly penned with layers, flaws and all, that they will leave an impression in the minds of the readers. In a nutshell, this is a very captivating, inspiring and heart touching contemporary tale depicting every day lives and how we should not take life for granted, only for the sake of our loved ones.
Stella & Margie by Glenna Thomson
Stella and her mother-in-law Margie are two very different women. Stella is kind, compassionate and just a little chaotic. Margie is prickly, demanding and a stickler for convention. Stella has exciting dreams for the future. Margie has only bitter memories of the past. When Margie needs help recovering from a major operation, Stella offers her a place to stay. With no other options, Margie returns to the family farm where for decades, until Stella's arrival, she was the one in charge. Margie has never made life easy for her daughter-in-law, and that's not going to change now she's been made a guest in her former home. But as the dry summer turns to a beautiful autumn, the two women gradually form an unlikely bond, as the ambitions, secrets, and tragedies that have shaped their lives are slowly uncovered.
A well written and easy to read look at the relationship between Stella, city born wife of Ross, who has returned to run the family farm, and Margie, the difficult mother-in-law. A lovely glimpse of rural life but underneath not everything is as straight forward as it seems. The dynamics between Stella and Margie are sympathetically handled as each comes to understand and respect the other.
Hatties home by Mary Gibson
Hattie, a rising star in the ATS, finds herself relegated to the factory floor on her return from the war. Her work mates are unforgiving at Hattie's attempt to raise herself up and she is soon ostracised. After journeying across the world to Australia to marry her beloved, Clara is betrayed and returns penniless, homeless and trying to raise a child in the face of prejudice. Lou, a war widow, has lost more than most in the war. Her daughter and parents are dead, killed in a bomb blast on an air raid shelter.
An interesting novel about the aftermath of war in London's Bermondsey. Although fiction, it goes some way in describing the difficult time of rebuilding lives and infrastructure in this war ravaged city. The author, a resident of Bermondsey, portrays a vivid account of the area she knows best and what happened when the bombs stopped falling.
Mother's promise by Sally Hepwoth
Alice and her daughter Zoe have been a family of two all their lives. Zoe has always struggled with crippling social anxiety and her mother has been her constant and fierce protector. With no family to speak of, and the identity of Zoe’s father shrouded in mystery, their team of two works—until it doesn’t. Until Alice gets sick and is given a grim prognosis. Desperate to find stability for Zoe, Alice reaches out to two women who are practically strangers, but who are her only hope: Kate, her oncology nurse, and Sonja, a social worker. As the four of them come together, a chain of events is set into motion and all four of them must confront their sharpest fears and secrets
Sally Hepworth's books are so different, and yet I love that she always writes about motherhood. The mother's promise evoked a tumble of emotions, and I cried buckets, but this is ultimately a hopeful story about three incredible women and two impressive teenagers. Add abuse, mental illness, and a gut punch of a twist, and this is perfect book club fiction.
McKellan's run by Nicole Hurley-Moore
Years ago, Violet Beckett made the mistake of falling for the wrong MacKellan brother and both she and her younger sister, Lily, paid the price. Now eight years later, fate has brought Violet and her daughter, Holly, back to the house Violet grew up in.
Another great read which, once I got so far through I couldn't put down until I had found out the outcome. A must read if you love country romance!
The tipping point by J.G. Jurado
I am no saint, no martyr, no terrorist, no madman and no murderer...I am a father. That's my story.' Dr David Evans, a top neurosurgeon at a hospital in Washington, faces the ultimate dilemma: if his next patient leaves the operating theatre alive, his daughter will die at the hands of a psychopath. He has 55 hours to save her. But Evans' patient is no ordinary man; he's the most important person in the US and what happens on the operating table may well change the course of history
I really loved this book; the character of David is complex and conflicted, but his first person account of events and more importantly his own thoughts and feelings, are utterly convincing. The suspense doesn’t let up until the very explosive ending.