Inspired by the Dust Bowl and migrants who left the plains for California, The Four Winds is another sweeping historical by Hannah. If you don’t know, there is some long debated controversy surrounding John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath (which Hannah’s The Four Winds echoes). At the time, another writer, a woman named Sanora Babb was researching and writing her own novel about the Dust Bowl and Depression.
In a way, the already hugely popular The Four Winds gives Babb some justice. Hannah speaks often of using Babb’s research in her own writing.
Set in a small town with a cast of lovable, but quirky characters, Picnic in Someday Valley offers exactly what you love about Hallmark. With an extra dose of the romance (think PG-13 verses PG), but nothing too erotic, Thomas delivers a novel with several story lines that work together.
Are you a fan of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries? How about Hallmark romances? If so, then you’ll love this new book from the Honey Creek Series by Jodi Thomas.
Picnic in Someday Valley is the second book in the Honey Creek series and combines just the right about of mystery and romance.
These homemade Twix Bars I created are like your traditional cookie bars, but the cookie (a shortbread in this case) is then topped with a caramel layer and a chocolate layer.
Garnished with finely smashed potato chips instead of the usual sea salt, the bars are the perfect food for Dear Edward.
Dear Edward is the newest novel by Ann Napolitano. While you might not have heard of her before, Napolitano has been an editor for one of the top short story publications in the U.S. for years, One Story.
Dear Edward is a novel about the sole survivor of a plane crash that kills almost 200 other people. The survivor, a teenage boy, struggles to find his place in the world after losing his family and enduring the crash.
In The Book of Lost Friends, Lisa Wingate conquers another fascinating, yet obscure, piece of American history. This is another dual-timeline novel by Wingate. It follows Hannie, a freed slave, as she travels through post-war Texas in search of her people and attempts to return home to Louisiana, and Benny, a modern-day teacher, struggling to inspire her students until she unearths a history that links them to Hannie and much more.
If your book club is looking for a book about second chances, a story about forgiveness despite continued messiness, a novel with characters that ring true-to-life, then Ask Again, Yes, should be on your list. If you love character-driven novels and struggle to find books where the characters seem fully fleshed-out, this is the book for you.
If you’ve been stuck in a reading rut lately, especially due to the pandemic (or just life in general), then This Tender Land could be the next read for you. It’s a character-driven adventure story with all the feels, but it won’t leave you emotionally fatigued. The novel centers around two young brothers and their two friends, a mute American Indian and a sweet-hearted girl with a mysterious gift.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is one of the most popular books of recent years. It tells the true story of Lale Sokolov, who became the tattooist of Auschwitz during his many years at the concentration camp, tattooing numbers on incoming prisoners. One day, Lale tattoos the arm of a beautiful girl and, despite the circumstances, it is love at first sight. The book chronicles the love affair of Lale and Gita, their time at Auschwitz, and their struggle for survival.
What is there not to love about Pride and Prejudice? It is a love story that pairs the unforgettable Elizabeth Bennet with the subtly charming Mr. Darcy, but it’s more than that. It’s a story about finding your way, a story about family and obligations, and a story about sisters.
Wuthering Heights was the first and only novel of Emily Bronte. For some readers it is the most sadly beautiful star-crossed lover tale. For others, it is a stark and cautionary tale of unforgiveness wrought into bitterness. For book clubs, it is ripe with discussion.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman is a story about eight strangers who find themselves taken hostage by a desperate bank robber. Now that you have formed a thought about what a story like that might be like, ball it up, and throw it in the trash. Because that’s exactly what Backman, in his genius, does.
When an apartment viewing goes awry, eight strangers find themselves held at gunpoint by a failed bank robber. A bank robber who never intended to take hostages and who really doesn’t know the first thing about robbing banks. The thing is, no one in the apartment is quite who they appear to be.
The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline is based on true historical events, namely the passage and establishment of English convicts to the island that would later become Australia. The book follows two female convicts as they cross the ocean and eventually land in Australia and one aboriginal child as she is “adopted” by an English family on the island.