Barb’s Book Recommendations for September 2020

There are two big advantages to working part time in a bookstore.  One is being able to purchase new releases as soon they are published (and at a discount!).  The other is having access to a Netgalley Account.  This means I get to check out some terrific reads prior to their release.

Since I can’t physically share the books (or my employee discount) with my online friends, the least I can do is steer you to some good reads.   Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I frequently share reviews of the books I’ve read.  From now on, I will also be sharing recommendations of future releases as well.  I hope you find the recs useful.

THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Fiona Davis.  This book was on my radar from the moment I heard about it.  I loved both the idea of a secret apartment in the New York Public Library and the mystery subplot about stolen books.  What LIONS is really about however, is a woman’s feminist awakening in the early 20th century.  I don’t want to spoil anything, but her decisions have huge ramifications for generations to come.

GLIMMER AS YOU CAN by Danielle Martin.  This historical fiction novel grabbed my attention because of the time frame.  It’s based in 1962, which happens to be the same timeframe as my WIP.  The book is about the importance and strength of female friendships at a time when women were, in many ways, still considered secondary citizens.  If I’m were to nitpick, I’d complain about how the men read like caricatures, but the strengths outweigh the problems. It’s worth the read. (Arriving September 29, 2020.)

THE TALENTED MISS FARWELL by Emily Gray Tedrowe.  This is my Pick of the Month. Becky Farwell lives a double life.  One as a small-town comptroller, the other as a high-powered art collector.  Needless to say, the two jobs have some serious financial overlap.  What makes this book so fascinating is that you are there from the very beginning of Becky’s deception.  She has a rationale for everything and completely oblivious to the damage she’s causing.  She also spends almost the entire book one misstep away from getting caught.  It’s an exhilarating ride.

HER LAST FLIGHT by Beatriz Williams.  I was disappointed with Beatriz’s 2019 book, THE GOLDEN HOURS, but she redeemed herself with this story of a doomed romance between a female aviatrix and her married mentor.  If Charles Lindberg and Amelia Earhart had an affair, this would be their story.

THE NATURE OF FRAGILE THINGS by Susan Meissner.  Again, I was drawn to this book because of the timeframe – the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.  Like GLIMMER, the book is about the bonds of female friendship, although in this case, the bonds are precipitated by a pretty amazing discovery and a tragic national disaster.  While not perfect, the book had enough surprises to keep me hooked.  Meissner fans will not be disappointed.  (Arriving February 2, 2021.)



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