Monthly Archives: November 2018

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman                 Pages: 325                  Published: 2017

The book: Eleanor Oliphant lives a lonely, solitary life. She has a secret even she does not seem to know. She keeps to herself at work and has no social life. She tends to avoid human contact wherever she can. One day Eleanor wins tickets to see a local band play. She becomes infatuated with the lead singer. She is sure he’s the man for her. But is he? Read more

The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafón                   Pages: 487               Published: 2004

The book: Barcelona, 1945. Daniel, age 10, whose father is a bookseller, still misses his mother, who died in 1939.
One morning his father takes him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. There, Daniel finds a book by little-known author Julian Carax. Daniel wants to read more by Carax, but the author is a mystery and finding his books almost impossible. Daniel is determined to find out more about him. His search will lead him into treacherous territory; a world of murder, madness, and doomed love. Read more

The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah      Pages: 564      Published:  2015

The book: France, August 1939. Vianne, a teacher, her husband, Antoine, and their daughter, Sophie, live in the Loire Valley. Life seems good, but then Antoine is drafted into the French Army. Isabelle, Vianne’s estranged, rebellious sister, is expelled from boarding school and makes her way to Paris, where she plans to live with her father.  World War II begins and life gets harder in both Paris and the Loire Valley. As the Germans overrun France, what will happen to Vianne and her family? Where will Isabell’s rebellious streak take her? Into danger? Will the family survive the war? Read more

How To Stop Time

Matt Haig                    Pages: 325              Published: 2017

The book: Tom Hazard teaches history in a London high school. However, Tom’s life is not what it seems. Tom has a dangerous secret. He appears to be in his 40s but actually he has been alive for centuries. He’s survived this long undiscovered, by constantly changing his identity, moving location, and never falling in love. Can he continue to hide his secret? Will he manage to avoid falling in love? Read more

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Lisa See              Pages: 364           Published: 2017

The book: In a remote Akha village in the mountains of China, where life revolves around tea picking, Li-yan finds herself pregnant by a man her parents consider a bad match and who, in any case, has left their village. A baby born outside of wedlock, it is traditionally believed, will bring bad luck to the village. In desperation, Li-yan puts her baby in a box and leaves it in the street, near to an orphanage in a nearby town. Read more