I read the most fantastic book last week! The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield is one I’ll be gushing about for months! My review is coming up later this week so make sure you stop back.
Last week I accomplished the following:
My Nook and I At… a visit to Munsinger Clemens Gardens
Everything We Ever Wanted by Sara Shepherd a review
and a review of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
As for this week I have a few I have set my mind on getting accomplished.
The first one I am going to tackle is from my own reading pile, The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy.
A novel full of grand passion and intensity, The Soldier’s Wife asks “What would you do for your family?” “What should you do for a stranger?” and “What would you do for love?”
As World War II draws closer and closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the enigmatic German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door to her home. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on Vivienne. Food and resources grow scant, and the restrictions placed upon the residents of the island grow with each passing week. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair with Gunther, she believes that she can keep their relationship and her family safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.
Next I’m going to settle in with a warm fuzzy blanket and read You Are My Only by Beth Kephart.
Emmy Rane was married at nineteen and a mother by twenty. Trapped in a life with an abusive husband, Baby was her only joy. Until one day in September, when Emmy walked the sixty-three steps from the backyard to the upstairs closet, and returned to find Baby missing. All that was left behind was a yellow sock, which Emmy clings to as she’s institutionalized for what she calls grief and others call mental instability.
In another town, fourteen years later, Sophie is a teenage girl living a reclusive life with her overbearing mother. They move from place to place with almost no notice, always outrunning the No Good. One afternoon, Sophie ventures outside and meets Joey and his two aunts. Their unconventional family opens up Sophie’s eyes, giving her the courage to look into her past. And what she discovers changes her world forever. . .
And then…if I get all those accomplished I have one more I want to start even though it wasn’t initially on my list. One day I came home and opened my mailbox and found a package that was obviously a book. Even though it was a Monday kind of Friday I knew at that point it was going to get better. Since when has a book in your mailbox not brightened your day? My dear friend Sheila decided to brighten my day by sending me a book she knew I had been waiting for…The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. And while I’m sure this book needs no introduction I have included the synopsis just because.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Yes! I have an exciting reading week up ahead of me! How does yours look?
*It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey*