What is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman is a wonderful novel about the complexities of love during war time. When Wyatt loses both his parents to suicide he goes to live with his aunt and uncle and beautiful cousin Tilda. In 1941 Nova Scotia, the fear of attack by German U-Boats is all too real, so when Tilda falls in love with Hans Moehring a German exchange student, her father becomes increasingly unhinged by a man he perceives as the enemy. The chain of events that are set in motion by their marriage make this story a not put downable read.
The One Hundred Foot Journey is the debut novel from Richard Morais whose day job is as a Forbes Magazine correspondent. The story of Hassan Haji’s ascent as a famed French chef begins in India just after World War II when his grandfather opens a hole in the wall restaurant in Bombay. When his mother is killed, the family leaves for England. But when the UK proves to not be where they should be they end up in a quaint village in France where they bring their wonderful spices to the citizenry. When they make an enemy of Madame Mallory the local chef who happens to be most unpleasant, things really begin to heat up. Have the Haji’s finally found their home? Or will Madame drive them away?
Dana Hayne’s Crashers is making me very happy not to be flying this summer. When Cascade Air flight 818 falls from the sky the National Transportation Safety Board send out it’s crack team of investigators to find out what happened. Nicknamed, the Crashers they have days not the normal time period of months to find out what happened, but mere days because if they don’t find the terrorist behind it more planes will continue to fall from the sky.
Red Hook Road is the latest offering from Ayelet Waldman. Red Hook, Maine is one of those communities that people swarm to in the summer. And like all summer communities there is the division between the Summer People and the Town People. When a Summer Girl marries a Town Boy you just have to know that the possibilities of it not ending well are pretty strong. This is a wonderful examination of two worlds.
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