From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Brandy Purdy
Title: The Ripper’s Wife
Brandy Purdy’s newest release is The Ripper’s Wife. It offered a new perspective, fictional though it was, of how Jack the Ripper came to be. James Maybrick and Florence Chandler meet upon the ocean-liner The Baltic and it is a whirlwind romance of a week’s duration. They both have concealed aspects of their true nature from each other and this concealment leads to their ultimate downfall, both individually and as a married couple. Florence, or Florie as she is affectionately known, is a flirt and a coquette. She needs to be first in everyone’s affections. James Maybrick is the middle son and forever in competition with his eldest brother, Michael. James’ first passions are arsenic and strychnine. His second passion is visiting physicians’ offices to diagnose his many ailments, mainly imagined. He is a hypochondriac of the first order. The downfall begins when James’ “wife” comes to the door and speaks with Florie beseeching her to ask James to resume his payments for her and their five children.
From Mary Quirindongo
Title: Off Season
Author: Anne River Siddons
This draws you in slowly and paints a picture of Lilly, her family and the tragedy’s that happen, from a lost love and how she dealt with it to a wonderful marriage and children with a surprise twist as an ending. You won’t see it coming.
From Elaine Pasquali
Title: The Man You’ll Marry
Author: Debbie Macomber
A “magical” wedding dress is the focus of the novel. Family myth holds that whoever is in possession of the dress will marry the first man she sees. Thus, the dress is passed on from aunt to niece to niece’s friend, and finally friend’s mother. The reader witnesses the ensuing romances and romantic struggles. A fast reading novel that could readily be adapted for a Hallmark Saturday night television show. The Man You’ll Marry provides an enjoyable, light change of pace and is analogous to palate cleansing sherbet enjoyed at the end of a heavy meal.
From Catherine Given
Author: Howard Norman
Title: Next life might be kinder
Some books are easy – they give us free choice to dip into their pages — others hold us captive. This one’s hold was surprisingly fierce. In Next Life Might Be Kinder, Sam, a newly married writer/birdwatcher and Elizabeth, his gentle wife who is writing her dissertation, set up housekeeping in an apartment in an old Halifax hotel.
Howard recounts their dreamy, Zen-like existence, enlivened once a week by dance lessons, shattered to smithereens by Elizabeth’s murder. Norman depicts Sam’s devastation in a spell-binding, no-frills, stream-of-consciousness style.
Peter, an egomaniacal filmmaker, breaks through Sam’s numbing grief when he makes him an offer for the couple’s tragic story – one Sam feels he can’t refuse. Violation of Sam’s privacy and desecration of his memories of Elizabeth ensue, putting Sam’s ethics and his patience with Peter, to the test.
From Catherine Given
Author: Naomi Wood
Title: Mrs. Hemingway : a novel
A lively account of Ernest Hemingway’s infatuation addiction, which led him to marry four times, Mrs. Hemingway features colorful settings from Paris to Cuba, inhabited by the “Lost Generation’s” Sara and Gerald Murphy, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Wood’s ear for dialogue rings exceptionally true, in explosive interactions among the impossible yet magnetic Hemingway, his mistresses and soon-to-be-replaced wives. The four wives were formidable, with careers and driving passions of their own. In Mrs. Hemingway, Naomi Wood spotlights their strengths and weaknesses, detailing life as seen through their distinctive eyes in each of the narrative’s four parts. We may know the ending, but the dramatic contrast between the whirlwind that was Hemingway’s 1920’s experience, and the desperate hollowness of his final days in Idaho is stunning. This book may leave you yearning to learn more about each of these remarkable women!
From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Samuel Richardson
Pamela is the story of a virtuous young woman in household employ. The young master is enamored of her charms and beseeches her to allow him her favors. She resists him mightily and so she wins his hand in marriage. Shamela by Henry Fielding is his satirical response to Richardson’s virtuous protagonist. He did not believe that Richardson’s character truly acted in that fashion and so he turned everything Richardson had penned on its head. Fielding made the main character a loose woman and the opposite of every virtue Richardson had given Pamela was contained in Shamela. Shamela was a scheming, devious woman who ensnared her master. Pamela embodied all that was good in womankind and Shamela was all the vices in womankind. As entertaining a read then, as it is today.
From Elaine Pasquali
Still Mr.and Mrs.
Author: Mary McBride
A delightful mystery that incorporates an attempt on the life of the mother of the President of the United States and an estranged couple of married Secret Service agents. Fast moving and funny, it’s difficult to put down and leaves you wanting more.
From Ginny Pisciotta
author: Afshar, Tessa
Pearl in the Sand : a novel
This gripping novel is faithful to the biblical account while elaborating on the story of Rahab, a Canaanite prostitute in Jericho who aided the Hebrew spies, joined the Israelites, and went on to become the mother of Boaz (the husband of Ruth) and the great grandmother of King David. This book has it all – action, romance and deep spiritual insight. My one gripe would be that at times you wished it didn’t take so long for Rahab and Salmone to understand each other (even after they married).
From Hannah Columbo
Distant Shores is a wonderful, soul searching novel about two people who have lost their way after 24 years of marriage. They still love each other, but as times change they become different people. They wonder if they love each other enough. Few writers get to the heart of this as well as Kristin Hannah. You will understand both their points of view, and hope they will find their way back to each other before it’s too late. Highly recommend this book.
From Gina Cortina
author: Picoult, Jodi
Sing You Home
Max and Zoe have been unsuccessful at having a baby. They have tried EVERYTHING! Max is tired and says he has given up. Their marriage crumbles and Zoe falls for someone else. Another great story by one of my favorite authors! This one starts out a bit slow but don’t put it down, trust me you will be rooting for the ‘moms’ by the middle of this heart~warming story.