Summer is quickly approaching, school is almost over and it is time to find those books we can enjoy reading during our relaxed summer days.
I am always adding books to my list to read. There are so many to choose from but here are the four I have chosen for the summer.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman
Amazon description: After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to
Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a
day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat
comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom
brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two
miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the
wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral
principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant
immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s
judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom
and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people
in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Amazon description: What are you reading?”
That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother,
Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan
and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of
hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic
cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less.
is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club”
that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years,
Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply
personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for
reading. Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries,
from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith
and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning
to listen. Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to
comfort us, astonish us, teach us, and tell us what we need to do with our lives
and in the world. Reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Amazon description: In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the
bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the
“coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her
friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the
surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever
uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in
glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact
to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate.
So begins Kristin Hannah’s magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three
decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest,
Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the
friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser
Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her
thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to
a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.
fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of
Isabelle's guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will
be a journey that changes both their lives.
Over the years, Dorrie and
Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are
friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son's
irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.
confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love
with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family's
housekeeper--in a town where blacks weren't allowed after dark. The tale of
their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie
and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the
history of Isabelle's first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her
...Look out for our summer reading lists for Phoenix and Scarlett.
What books are you reading this summer? Let me know I would love to add them to my list.