The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel #ad - They defy the vicar’s stuffy edict to close the choir and instead “carry on singing, ” resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. We come to know the home-front struggles of five unforgettable choir members: a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past.
An enchanting ensemble story that shuttles from village intrigue to romance to the heartbreaking matters of life and death, Jennifer Ryan’s debut novel thrillingly illuminates the true strength of the women on the home front in a village of indomitable spirit.
The Spies of Shilling Lane: A NovelCrown #ad - Norris, informs her that betty hasn’t been home in days--with the chaos of the bombs, there’s no telling what might have befallen her. Norris along as an unwitting sidekick as they piece together Betty’s unexpectedly chaotic life. Never deterred, the threat of a family secret being revealed sets her hot-foot to London to find the only person she has left—her clever daughter Betty, who took work there at the first rumbles of war.
As she is thrown into the midst of danger and death, Mrs. Braithwaite, despised, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, and dismissed following her husband’s selfish divorce petition. Braithwaite drags the reluctant Mr. Storming into the London Blitz, Mrs. From the bestselling author of the chilbury Ladies’ Choir comes a thrilling new WWII story about a village busybody—the mighty Mrs.
The Spies of Shilling Lane: A Novel #ad - Braithwaite sets her bullish determination to the task of finding her only daughter. Braithwaite and her plucky, quiet humor, ruthless optimism, and find in The Spies of Shilling Lane a novel with surprising twists and turns, and a poignant examination of mothers and daughters and the secrets we keep. Braithwaite—who resolves to find, and then rescue, her missing daughter Mrs.
Braithwaite is forced to rethink her old-fashioned notions of status, class, and reputation, and to reconsider the question that’s been puzzling her since her world overturned: How do you measure the success of your life? Readers will be charmed by the unforgettable Mrs.
Dear Mrs. Bird: A NovelScribner #ad - Fans of jojo moyes will enjoy aj pearce’s debut, with its plucky female characters and fresh portrait of women’s lives in wartime Britain” Library Journal—a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times. But as emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who many have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she begins to secretly write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.
Emmeline lake and her best friend Bunty are doing their bit for the war effort and trying to stay cheerful, despite the German planes making their nightly raids. This charming, irresistible debut novel set in london during world war ii about a young woman who longs to be a war correspondent and inadvertently becomes a secret advice columnist is “a jaunty, heartbreaking winner” People—for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Lilac Girls.
Headlined by its winning lead character, who always keeps carrying on, Pearce's novel is a delight” Publishers Weekly. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. Bird is “funny and poignant…about the strength of women and the importance of friendship” Star Tribune, Minneapolis.
Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel #ad - Emmy dreams of becoming a lady war correspondent, and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance; but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, renowned advice columnist of Woman’s Friend magazine.
The Truth According to Us: A NovelThe Dial Press #ad - Every page rings like a bell. Paula mclain, author of The Paris Wife. Layla’s arrival strikes a match to the family veneer, bringing to light buried secrets that will tell a new tale about the Romeyns. Within days, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, and destined, West Virginia, Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, in her opinion, to go completely mad with boredom.
The Truth According to Us: A Novel #ad - Willa’s indomitable spirit, keen sense of adventure and innate intelligence reminded me of two other motherless girls in literature: Scout Finch in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Flavia de Luce in Alan Bradley’s big-hearted British mystery series. The washington post“the truth according to us has all the characteristics of a great summer read: A plot that makes you want to keep turning the pages; a setting that makes you feel like you’re inhabiting another time and place; and characters who become people you’re sad to leave behind—and thus who always stay with you.
Miami herald “it takes a brave author to make the heroine of a new novel an observant and feisty girl. An epic but intimate family novel with richly imagined characters. But Barrows.
The Summer Before the War: A NovelRandom House #ad - But just as beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. A delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community.
The washington postthe bestselling author of major Pettigrew’s Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set. Named one of the best books of the year by the washington post and npr east sussex, 1914. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.
The Summer Before the War: A Novel #ad - Hugh grange, is visiting his aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, down from his medical studies, idyllic coastal town of Rye. And agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.
. More than a high-toned romantic reverie for Anglophiles—though it serves the latter purpose, too. The seattle Times.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A NovelSourcebooks Landmark #ad - Additional praise for the book Woman of Troublesome Creek:"A unique story about Appalachia and the healing power of the written word. Kirkus"a timeless and significant tale about poverty, intolerance and how books can bring hope and light to even the darkest pocket of history. Karen abbott, new york times bestselling author of Liar Temptress Soldier Spy"Emotionally resonant and unforgettable, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a lush love letter to the redemptive power of books.
Joshilyn jackson, new york times and USA Today bestselling author of The Almost Sisters. If cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler. Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, fierce strength, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home.
Not everyone is keen on cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. The new york times and usa today bestseller! "…a hauntingly atmospheric love letter to the first mobile library in Kentucky and the fierce, brave packhorse librarians who wove their way from shack to shack dispensing literacy, hope, and — just as importantly — a compassionate human connection.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel #ad - Sara gruen, author of water for ElephantsThe hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is. Thanks to roosevelt's kentucky pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. Cussy's not only a book woman, she's also the last of her kind, however, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A NovelRandom House #ad - Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?BONUS: This edition contains a Major Pettigrew's Last Stand discussion guide. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner.
Jasmina ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Wry, major pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction, courtly, and completely endearing, opinionated, and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heart.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel #ad - The major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, decorum, duty, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Mary, a small village in the english countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family.
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The Giver of Stars: A NovelPamela Dorman Books #ad - Her characters are so compelling. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. 1 new york times bestsellera reese witherspoon x hello sunshine book club pick“i’ve been a huge Jojo Moyes fan.
So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention.
And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, at others brutal, arming them with facts that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling.
The Giver of Stars: A Novel #ad - . It’s such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together. Reese witherspoonfrom the author of me before You, set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.
Alice wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England.
The Jane Austen Society: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - Now it's home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of austen's legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen's home and her legacy. Fans of the chilbury ladies’ choir and the guernsey literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will adore The Jane Austen Society… A charming and memorable debut, which reminds us of the universal language of literature and the power of books to unite and heal.
Pam jenoff, new york times bestselling author of the lost Girls of ParisJust after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable. One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England's finest novelists.
The Jane Austen Society: A Novel #ad - These people—a laborer, the local doctor, and a movie star, a young widow, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, others from more distant tragedies, some from the recent war, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.
A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, and the universal humanity in us all, both large and small, Natalie Jenner's The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with readers for years to come.
RosesGrand Central Publishing #ad - Cotton tycoon mary toliver and timber magnate percy warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with consequences of their momentous choice and the loss of what might have been--not just for themselves but for their children, and their children's children. With expert, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers a hundred years, unabashed, three generations of Texans, and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love.
Look for leila meacham's historical wwii epic, dragonfly, coming july 2019. Two east texas families must deal with the aftermath of a marriage that never happened leading to deceit, secrets, and tragedies in a sweeping multigenerational Southern saga "with echoes of Gone with the Wind. Publishers weeklyspanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, controlled by the scions of the town's founding families.
The Curious Charms of Arthur PepperMIRA #ad - What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met—a journey that leads him to find hope and healing in the most unexpected places. Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a joyous reminder of life’s infinite possibilities.
Check out these other heartwarming stories from Phaedra Patrick. The library of lost and FoundRise and Shine Benedict Stone. Look for phaedra patrick’s newest perfectly charming read, The Secrets of Love Story Bridge. An endearing celebration of life. RealSimple. Comperfect for fans of a man called Ove, this curiously charming debut follows a lovable widower and his life-changing adventure of love and self-discovery.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper #ad - Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. Sorting through miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, Frederica, waters his fern, and heads out to his garden. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes.
He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.