Super Recent Reads

Sometimes, you get on a string of superfantastic books, and that happened to be recently with this trio of books. Let's see...

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole is one of those books you pick up...and don't put down until you flip the last page. Written in the epistolary style (which I LOVE, and which is fast to read!), this is a story that flips between a correspondence between a Illinois man and a Scottish woman on the brink of WWI, and then to later, with the women's daughter...who discovers her mother's letters years later. This novel is lovely, yearning, emotional, satisfying - you yearn for the pen pals to get together, to fall in love, for the war not to intervene, for there to be a happy ending...Oh. I just loved this. If you liked the Guerney Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, you'll also love this!

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel was just fascinating to me. As a "space race" geek, I've always been so interested in the first few crops of astronauts our nation had - and this non-fiction work just adds to the "space race genre". Koppel weaves in the space race from the perspective of the women left behind - from their marrying of the astronauts, to their struggles during their missions, to how the women interacted with and cared for each other. Though most of them divorced their astronauts, the women stayed in touch. I had NO idea what the lives of these women were like, but I loved every page of this imminently readable work. Highly recommended!

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty has been getting a lot of buzz in the last couple of months - and all of it deserved. I devoured this novel, which tells the story of three women in parallel, but you know they are all connected...

This is very much a character-driven novel, which begins when Cecelia finds a letter from her husband to be opened in the event of his death. When she tells him about it, he cancels a business trip and comes up, desperate to find it. But...why? What does it contain? How do these women intersect? Clever, classy, absorbing and satisfying. This is a fantastic read - don't believe the "chick lit" label on this one!

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