Welcome to summer! This week’s offerings include some Nazis (of course), a Japanese Prison Camp, a few more Nazis, a tragic heroine, more than a little polygamy, and a mysterious new friend.

Let us begin!

No surprises from Barbara M. here! “I’m reading Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed by Leslie Maitland. Maitland relates the story of her mother’s escape from the Nazis and by doing so leaves behind ‘the love of her life.’ This is a fascinating real-life Romeo and Juliet tale. “

Ann is reading something a little different from her usual fare in The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley. “This is a big romantic, generational story involving the inhabitants of the lovely English home, Wharton Park, during the early 1900's through the present day. In the opening of this novel, Wharton Park has fallen on hard times and the only heir has put it up for sale. Through chance meetings, intriguing love stories, and time in a Japanese prison camp in Malaysia the reader follows the story of Julia and the dashing Kit Crawford. I quite enjoyed following the lives of those who inhabited Wharton Park.”

Pat T. is reconsidering what she is working on. “I started listening to the new audio book Prague in Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine Albright. What was interesting was that Madeleine Albright only learned of her family's Jewish ancestry and involvement in the holocaust decades after the war. After listening to the first disc I found the subject to be too dense because she goes way back into the history of Czechoslovakia, but I am going to make a second attempt to read this book at a future date.” 

Pat S. is working on The Gilded Age by Claire McMillan. “Lily Bart lives! The Gilded Age is an updated version of the House of Mirth complete with tragic heroine, eviscerating portraits of so-called 'society', and a cynical depiction of friendship. The heroine Ellie returns home to Shaker Heights after a failed first marriage. Yet Ellie's efforts to rebuild her life are thwarted by her inability to define herself-except by the men in her life. Need I even suggest the ultimate outcome? Yet it is her vulnerability which haunts the reader after the final page is read. A very respectable summer read.”

The Citizen Asha is repentant about her neglect of one of her obsessions. “I realized that I’ve been slacking in my Mormonism so, I had to change that. I finished up Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of An Unconventional Marriage by Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn Brown because in the end, who doesn’t want to be this man’s wife? His hair alone, makes me want to weep. The book goes in depth about raising their seventeen children and the epic trials and tribulations they face by having their polygamous lifestyle in the public eye. “

I am reading Tell the Wolves I am Home by Carla Rifka Brunt. June Elbus is 14 years old in 1987. Her beloved Uncle Finn, a very famous artist has just died of a disease that June’s mother can barely speak of so great is the shame. One day June receives a package in the mail. In it is the beautiful Russian teapot that belonged to Finn and a note from a stranger named Toby who says that he would like to meet Finn because she is the only other person who is missing Finn as much as he is. How much do I love this book? I am not only reading it in hardcover at home, but I am also reading it on my Kindle for my commute. Now that is love.



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