In the Spring of 2005, I heard that Elizabeth George would be at Wordstock - the wonderful book festival in Portland. When I walked into the Convention Center filled with authors, booksellers and books, I knew I was where I belonged. That Fall, I opened Beach Books after years spent first in advertising and television, then as a mom and faux finisher at my husband's business, Gearhart Ironwerks, where I still gets to paint every now and then. While I've always been a book lover, I guess you could say that Elizabeth George is the reason there is a Beach Books.
I am trying to expand my reading horizons, but primarily loves literary fiction and mysteries, even thrillers. Some of my current favorite writers are Erica Bauermeister, Kristin Hannah, Garth Stein, Chelsea Cain and Steig Larsson and, of course, Elizabeth Geroge. Oh, but the list could go on and on.
Elly Griffiths is my new favorite mystery writer. Her series with forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson is perfect. Great mysteries and the most delightful characters. I've raced through all of them and can't wait for more.
In the wake of WWII, lighthouse keeper, Tom Sherbourne, and his wife, Isabel, want nothing more than a baby. But, after three miscarriages, Isabel has given up. So when a boat with a dead man and a baby washes ashore, they make a life-altering decision to keep and raise the foundling child. It’s a book with no “bad men”, only bad decisions, and your heart will be pulled in many directions.
I thought I loved Kristin Hannah’s books before, but nothing compares with this. In WWII occupied France, sisters Isabelle and Viann, separated by years, experience and distance, find their own ways to fight the demoralization brought on by the Nazis.
Alice is in a spin class when she falls off her bike and hits her head. When she comes to, she knows she’s pregnant and happily married, when in fact she has three children and is in the midst of a terrible divorce. Now Alice must piece together the decade she lost—and decide if she wants to be the woman she has become.
Oprah is not the only one who loved Wild. I cried, I laughed, I was - and still am - totally in awe of what Cheryl did - both in hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and in writing this emotionally hones memoir. This is a book I will keep and cherish forever.
What a remarkable historical novel, and what a remarkable woman was Anne Morrow Lindberg. I think we all knew of Charles Lindberg as an aviator, Anne Morrow Lindberg as his wife and writer and the kidnapped baby.But I knew nothing of her as an aviator as well and as Lindberg's navigator. Nor did I know about his involvement and approval of Hitler. A fascinating read, with plenty of history and compassion for Anne.
If you’re a fan of Scandinavian mystery writers, I know you will like Kallentoft. In my opinion he’s the best—very atmospheric, great female detective with a teenage daughter who is always a worry, an ex-husband whom she aches for and brutal criminals she tracks down.
I can't remember a book I have loved this much since I fell in love with Water for Elephants. It's the story of two young magicians, used as surrogates in a competition to the death (unbeknownst to them) by two of the world's greatest illusionists. Their stage is the Night Circus which appears unannounced somewhere in the world, and only at night. Erin Morgenstern has created a world so captivating you won't want to leave.
I have loved everything Ann Patchett has written - but this may be my favorite. It is the story of Maria Singh, a scientist who receives word that her office mate has died in the Amazon. She goes into the jungle to find the doctor he was working with and with whom she has a crucial connection. It is richly atmospheric, spellbinding and raises many ethical questions.
This book has it all - suspense, romance, science, reincarnation and history. Heir to a legendary French perfume company, Jac L'Etoile flees Paris following her mother's suicide. But when her brother goes missing after claiming to have found a momentous secret, she returns and is joined by a former lover in searching for the book believed to be the secret to Cleopatra's fragrances and her missing brother. It is a thrilling page-turner.
While Amaryllis in Blueberry will make you think of The Poisonwood Bible, it is a very different story. The Slepys have four daughters, their four Marys, with very different personalities. And everyone in the family is keeping secrets. Some of which take them to Africa where you'll be fascinated by the rituals and customs. And you'll be on the edge of your seat.
When Beatrice's younger sister Tess goes missing, Bea returns to England to find and lecture her. But when Tess's body is found, Bea is the only one to believe that she had not committed suicide. As she hunts for the killer even her fiance believes she's losing her mind. With an intriguing device for telling Bea's story and an amazing ending, you will not soon forget Sister.
This reminded me of the feeling I got from To Kill a Mockingbird. Michelle is the 9 year-old daughter of a Japanese mother and an American father, who is abandoned by her mother and left with her Wisconsin grandparents in their all-white community. She is subject to bullying by nearly everyone in town except for her grandfather who dotes on her. The fragile peace is threatened when a black couple comes to town and the tension grows when the hussband makes a controversial accusation against the best friend of Michelle's grandfather.
Even if you're not the basketball fan that I am, you'll be cheering this ragtag high school team from small town Montana. Talk about Bad News Bears, this team has a 0-93 record, and lots of sorrows and broken dreams. But as they grow together and bring the whole town to- gether, your heart will soar.
Room is a most unusual and haunting story. Told by 5 year old Jack, held captive with his mother for his entire life in a 12' x 12' shed. It is the story of the lengths a mother will go for the love of her child. You will not soon forget Room.