The Nightingale

The Nightingale Description:

Despite their differences sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close Younger bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter But when the Second World War strikes Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her br br As the war progresses the sisters relationship and strength are tested With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

Firefly Lane (Firefly Lane, #1)

Firefly Lane (Firefly Lane, #1) Description:

From the i New York Times i bestselling author of i On Mystic Lake i comes a powerful novel of love loss and the magic of friendship br br In the turbulent summer of Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth grade social food chain Then to her amazement the coolest girl in the world moves in across the street and wants to be her friend Tully Hart seems to have it all beauty brains ambition On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be Kate doomed to be forever uncool with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn Tully steeped in glamour and mystery but with a secret that is destroying her They make a pact to be best friends forever by summer s end they ve become i TullyandKate i Inseparable br br So begins Kristin Hannah s magnificent new novel Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever changing face of the Pacific Northwest i Firefly Lane i is the poignant powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives br br From the beginning Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world Abandoned by her mother at an early age she longs to be loved unconditionally In the glittering big hair era of the eighties she looks to men to fill the void in her soul But in the buttoned down nineties it is television news that captivates her She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe finding fame and success and loneliness br br Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special Throughout college she pretends to be driven by a need for success but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life In her own quiet way Kate is as driven as Tully What she doesn t know is how being a wife and mother will change her how she ll lose sight of who she once was and what she once wanted And how much she ll envy her famous best friend br br For thirty years Tully and Kate buoy each other through life weathering the storms of friendship jealousy anger hurt resentment They think they ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test br br i Firefly Lane i is for anyone who ever drank Boone s Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac More than a coming of age novel it s the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices It s about promises and secrets and betrayals And ultimately about the one person who really truly knows you and knows what has the power to hurt you and heal you i Firefly Lane i is a story you ll never forget one you ll want to pass on to your best friend

Rating: 3.33 out of 5

Winter Garden

Winter Garden Description:

From the author of the smash hit bestseller Firefly Lane and True Colors comes a powerful heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past br br Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist But when their beloved father falls ill Meredith and Nina find themselves together again standing alongside their cold disapproving mother Anya who even now offers no comfort to her daughters As children the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night On his deathbed their father extracts a promise from the women in his life the fairy tale will be told one last time and all the way to the end Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya s life in war torn Leningrad more than five decades ago Alternating between the past and present Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular harrowing story of their mother s life and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are

Rating: 3.33 out of 5

Night Road

Night Road Description:

i For a mother life comes down to a series of choices br To hold on br To let go br To forget br To forgive br Which road will you take i br br For eighteen years Jude Farraday has put her children s needs above her own and it shows her twins Mia and Zach are bright and happy teenagers When Lexi Baill moves into their small close knit community no one is more welcoming than Jude Lexi a former foster child with a dark past quickly becomes Mia s best friend Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable br br Jude does everything to keep her kids safe and on track for college It has always been easy until senior year of high school Suddenly she is at a loss Nothing feels safe anymore every time her kids leave the house she worries about them br br On a hot summer s night her worst fears come true One decision will change the course of their lives In the blink of an eye the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything In the years that follow each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget or the courage to forgive br br NIGHT ROAD is vivid emotionally complex novel that raises profound questions about motherhood identity love and forgiveness It is a luminous heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope This is Kristin Hannah at her very best telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family the resilience of the human heart and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love

Rating: 3.45 out of 5

Home Front

Home Front Description:

Bestselling author Kristin Hannah explores the intimate landscape of a troubled marriage with this provocative and timely portrait of a husband and wife in love and at war br br From a distance Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all a solid marriage two exciting careers and children they adore But after twelve years together the couple has lost their way they are unhappy and edging toward divorce Then the Iraq war starts An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart sending one of them deep into harm s way and leaving the other at home waiting for news When the worst happens each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family An intimate look at the inner landscape of a disintegrating marriage and a dramatic exploration of the price of war on a single American family Home Front is a provocative and timely portrait of hope honor loss forgiveness and the elusive nature of love

Rating: 3.53 out of 5

True Colors

True Colors Description:

i True Colors i is i New York Times i bestselling author Kristin Hannah s most provocative compelling and heart wrenching story yet With the luminous writing and unforgettable characters that are her trademarks she tells the story of three sisters whose once solid world is broken apart by jealousy betrayal and the kind of passion that rarely comes along br br The Grey sisters have always been close After their mother s death the girls banded together becoming best friends Their stern disapproving father cares less about his children than about his reputation To Henry Grey appearances are everything and years later he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community br br Winona the oldest needs her father s approval most of all An overweight bookworm who never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that has been in her family for three generations she knows that she doesn t have the qualities her father values But as the best lawyer in town she s determined to someday find a way to prove her worth to him br br Aurora the middle sister is the family peacemaker She brokers every dispute and tries to keep them all happy even as she hides her own secret pain br br Vivi Ann is the undisputed star of the family A stunningly beautiful dreamer with a heart as big as the ocean in front of her house she is adored by all who know her Everything comes easily for Vivi Ann until a stranger comes to town br br In a matter of moments everything will change The Grey sisters will be pitted against one another in ways that none could have imagined Loyalties will be tested and secrets revealed and a terrible shocking crime will shatter both their family and their beloved town br br With breathtaking pace and penetrating emotional insight i True Colors i is an unforgettable novel about sisters rivalry forgiveness redemption and ultimately what it means to be a family

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

Magic Hour

Magic Hour Description:

Dr Julia Cates was one of the country s preeminent child psychiatrists until a shocking tragedy ruined her career Retreating to her small western Washington hometown Julia meets an extraordinary six year old girl who has inexplicably emerged from the deep woods nearby a child locked in a world of unimaginable fear and isolation To Julia nothing is more important than saving the girl she now calls Alice But Julia will need help from others including the sister she barely knows and a handsome doctor with secrets of his own What follows will test the limits of Julia s faith and strength as she struggles to find a home for Alice and for herself

Rating: 3.41 out of 5

Between Sisters

Between Sisters Description:

We all make mistakes but for Meghann Dontess the terrible choice she made some years ago cost her everything including the love of her sister Claire Meghann is now a highly successful attorney and has put all thoughts of love completely behind her until she meets the one man who believes he can change her mind br br Claire has fallen in love for the first time in her life and as her wedding day approaches she prepares to face her strong willed older sister Reunited after two decades these two women who believe they have nothing in common will try to become what they never were a family br br Tender funny bittersweet and moving Kristin Hannah s i Between Sisters i skilfully explores the profound joys and sorrows shared in a close relationship the mistakes made in the name of love and the promise of redemption

Rating: 3.41 out of 5

Fly Away (Firefly Lane, #2)

Fly Away (Firefly Lane, #2) Description:

i Once a long time ago I walked down a night darkened road called Firefly Lane all alone on the worst night of my life and I found a kindred spirit That was our beginning More than thirty years ago TullyandKate You and me against the world Best friends forever But stories end don t they You lose the people you love and you have to find a way to go on i br br Tully Hart has always been larger than life a woman fueled by big dreams and driven by memories of a painful past She thinks she can overcome anything until her best friend Kate Ryan dies Tully tries to fulfill her deathbed promise to Kate to be there for Kate s children but Tully knows nothing about family or motherhood or taking care of people br br Sixteen year old Marah Ryan is devastated by her mother s death Her father Johnny strives to hold the family together but even with his best efforts Marah becomes unreachable in her grief Nothing and no one seems to matter to her until she falls in love with a young man who makes her smile again and leads her into his dangerous shadowy world br br Dorothy Hart the woman who once called herself Cloud is at the center of Tully s tragic past She repeatedly abandoned her daughter Tully as a child but now she comes back drawn to her daughter s side at a time when Tully is most alone At long last Dorothy must face her darkest fear Only by revealing the ugly secrets of her past can she hope to become the mother her daughter needs br br A single tragic choice and a middle of the night phone call will bring these women together and set them on a poignant powerful journey of redemption Each has lost her way and they will need one another and maybe a miracle to transform their lives br br An emotionally complex heart wrenching novel about love motherhood loss and new beginnings i Fly Away i reminds us that where there is life there is hope and where there is love there is forgiveness

Rating: 3.67 out of 5

On Mystic Lake

On Mystic Lake Description:

Annie Colwater s husband has just confessed that he s in love with a younger woman Devastated Annie retreats to the small town where she grew up There she is reunited with her first love Nick Delacroix a recent widower who is unable to cope with his silent emotionally scarred young daughter Together the three of them begin to heal But just when Annie believes she s been given a second chance at happiness her world is turned upside down again and she is forced to make a choice that no woman in love should ever have to make

Rating: 3.59 out of 5