But the last few I've read have been so good I couldn't put them down! I was talking with a co-worker today about how some books can reignite your passion for reading, and these past three really have. I was sad when each of them was over and can't recommend them enough.
|"Drowning Ruth" by Christina Schwarz|
With multiple narrators and an anachronistic timeline, the telling of this tale can be a bit jarring. But the way the mystery slowly unfolds keeps you coming back for more. It tells the story of Amanda whose much-beloved younger sister, Mathilda, recently drowned, leaving Amanda to care for her young niece, Ruth. The whole book drives toward learning how, and why, Mathilda drowned, the secrets that Amanda has been keeping, and how they affect everyone around her. A brilliant, though not entirely surprising story, and makes for a quick read.
|"When We Were Strangers" by Pamela Schoenewaldt|
|"The Winter Sea" by Susanna Kearsley|
It's one of those novel-within-a-novel type stories. We follow a successful historical novelist, Carrie, as she attempts to write a new book about the Jacobite attempted invasion of 1708. We get to see her process as her characters "speak" to her and something a little supernatural happens.... (I'm still not sure how I feel about this particular aspect of the story, but I'm willing to overlook it). At the same time, we get to read the novel that Carrie ultimately writes, which has it all - intrigue, history, battles, nobility, family secrets, and romance. It's truly an amazing love story and I may have actually gasped out loud at the book's final plot twist.
I'm feeling a bit sad now that I've completed the stack of books on my nightstand and hungry for something else to read. Anyone read anything lately that's left a great impression?