Bookstore Browsing

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by [Stedman, M.L.]This book caught my eye when I was browsing in my local Barnes and Noble yesterday.  The story of a couple, who fall in love and are lighthouse keepers with limited contact on the mainland, is an emotional read.  How each copes with their inability to have a child, their relationship and the consequences of their choices makes for a good women’s fiction read.  Some blurbs below:

“[Stedman sets] the stage beautifully to allow for a heart-wrenching moral dilemma to play out… Most impressive is the subtle yet profound maturation of Isabel and Tom as characters.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The miraculous arrival of a child in the life of a barren couple delivers profound love but also the seeds of destruction. Moral dilemmas don’t come more exquisite than the one around which Australian novelist Stedman constructs her debut.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This heartbreaking debut from M L Stedman is a gem of a book that you’ll have trouble putting down”Good Housekeeping

The book was made into a film starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbinder.  I would recommend reading the book first although I enjoyed the movie.

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel by [Ryan, Jennifer]The second book that caught my eye was this.  I enjoyed this novel when I read it.  Set during wartime, it traces the lives of a group of female characters who are left on the homefront.  Their lives and relationships intersect with all of the pettiness and depth that make living in a village the experience that it is. The author was influenced by her own family stories in writing this novel.   Blurbs below:

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir sinks you deep inside the rich, intricate atmosphere of an English village in the middle of war, when quiet lives are upended and secrets unravel. With her unforgettable characters and vivid narrative, Jennifer Ryan creates the kind of wartime novel that plays out over the intimate territory of the human heart—full of soul, full of hope. You’ll be thinking about this book long after the last page turns.”
— Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers and The Secret Life of Violet Grant

“World War II in an English village seen through the eyes of the most delicious cast of characters you’ll ever meet—The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is a masterpiece of secrets, misdirection, village gossip, and gleeful disregard for anything but the main chance, as the Home Front learns to carry on. Seldom do you find a writer with such a deft touch—Jennifer Ryan sweeps the reader along to the very last page in a remarkable debut. “
— Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge series

Happy reading!

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