Posted Nov 14, 2011
- Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Originally written in Spanish, this richly imaginative tale takes place in Barcelona during the rule of the dictator Franco. Love interests, evil doers, larger than life characters and mystery abound in this wonderful saga.
- Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister I loved Erica’s book The School of Essential Ingredients and was delighted to see that she had a new book out. This one tells the story of a diverse group of women friends who each take on an unexpected challenge chosen for them by one of the friends. The results are surprising and the characters are beautifully drawn.
- The Girl in the Garden by Kamila Nair This debut novel tells the story of a young woman about to marry who is haunted by her memories of a long ago trip back to India with her mother. She spends a summer with her mother’s relatives in a rural part of India full of color, rich fragrances and some long hidden secrets. A great tale!
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton Although not a perfect book, this is a fascinating read. Morton tells the story of a granddaughter in Australia who travels back to Cornwall to solve the mystery of her dead grandmother’s past. Part present, part past, the story emanates mood, mystery and suspense and delivers a great surprise ending. I enjoyed Kate’s other novels as well (The House at Riverton and The Distant Hours) but this one is my favorite.
- Settled in the Wild by Susan Hand Shetterly A gem of a book filled with well written essays about the author’s home in rural Maine. “This is my neighborhood of millions of lives, depending on how and whom you count. From springtails to moose, from June bugs to people, from boreal shrimp to harbor porpoises, it is a small, green place by water. It is a tiny irreplaceable place where we go about the everyday magic of our lives.”