Books I Enjoyed Reading in October

I found some really great books to read this month!  My two absolute favorites were Lilac Girls and Before We Were Yours; these haunting historical fiction novels were absolutely riveting.  I did toss in some lighter reads to cheer me up and tried a totally new to me Author in Fredrik Backman's books.  Truly I'd recommend any of these books as I did enjoy them all.

1.  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman I LOVED this book so much.  This books takes us through the daily life of a disgruntled older man named Ove.  Through flashbacks you see what his life was like growing up and watch him make new relationships with his neighbors in the present day.  A quiet man, he often did a lot behind the scenes that no one knew about. A very touching story.

2.  The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly-  Set during World War II this book was amazing.  Seriously AMAZING!  Three young women; a polish girl who ends up in a Nazi work camp, the woman doctor who works at the camp, and a New York socialite working for the French consulate during World War II.  Their stories weave together and I was simply stunned to read the author's note in the back and realize that while this was a historical fiction book the characters and events were REAL!!  I just LOVED it!!

3.  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman-  Another great novel.  7 year old Elsa has a best friend in her grandmother.  While quirky and a bit crazy her grandmother fills Elsa's head with wonderful stories of fairy tales and superheros... stories that Elsa clings to with desperation after her grandmother passes away.  Now Elsa is left to deliver a series of letters left by her grandmother.  In delivering the letters she learns more and more about the woman her grandmother once was.

4. The Husband List by Janet Evanovich- I'm a sucker for a historical romance and after having toured a Newport mansion the day before starting this book I was tickled pink to realize that this book took place in Newport during the heyday of the gilded era.  While Caroline's mother sets her mind to having Caroline marry Lord Bremerton, Caroline is more determined to have a man like Jack Culhane as her husband.  It was just the fun and light read I needed after books like Lilac Girls and Before We Were Yours.

5.  True Love by Jude Deveraux-- Just as Alix is finishing up architectural school she is dumped by her boyfriend and discovers that some mysterious woman died and left a will asking that Alix spend just one year in her house on Nantucket.  Hurting and unsure what to do, Alix decides to give it a try.   With much mystery around the family dynamics and an old ghost rumored to be haunting the house this year is sure to be just what Alix needed.


6.  Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate--  I was simply stunned when I learned that this book was loosely based on a real- life American scandal; a Memphis based adoption organization that kidnapped poor white children and sold them to wealthy families.  The story takes us through the life of 12 year old Rill who was taken, along with her 4 siblings, into foster care one morning during the Great Depression while her parents were at the hospital. Avery Stafford, a present day daughter of a South Carolina state representative starts unraveling her family's history

7.  For All Time by Jude Deveraux-- This is the second book in the Nantucket Bride Series.  During Alix's wedding crowned prince Graydon can't keep his eyes off Toby.  He is mystified that she can tell him and his identical twin brother apart; something that even his own parents can't do and bows to spend more time on the island getting to know her better.  This lighthearted read was just what I needed after finishing Before We Were Yours.

For All Time: A Nantucket Brides Novel (Nantucket Brides Trilogy Book 2) by [Deveraux, Jude]

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