Books I Love

September 27, 2013
Since I have been a busy and traveling lady, I asked my friend Kate if she wanted to do another guest post! She has been reading up a storm this summer and so instead of the normal Links I Love post today, she is going to show you the Books She Loves!
Take it away, Kate!

I read some amazing books this summer and it's all thanks to my mom and grandmother. Yes, that's right- I only get my book suggestions from them. They know what's up! But seriously, the four books below were all such incredibly good reads. I love a good love story, but something with depth, something with history, and something that really makes you think. So if you're looking for some new books to add to your kindle, here you go!

1) The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillipp Sendker spans between the 1950's and today in Burma and New York City as Julia goes on a journey to discover the truth about her father and his mysterious disappearance after she finds a love letter written to him by a woman she's never heard of. This is a tale of resilience, hardship and the true power of being connected to someone forever. It is written so beautifully and seamlessly that you won't be able to put it down. There's something mystical, hopeful and other worldly about it. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats will take your heart through twists and turns until the very end. Definitely have a box of tissues at the ready.

2) The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman is a story about a lighthouse keeper and his wife in the early 1900's off the coast of Western Australia who are desperate for a child. After years of trying, their prayers are answered when one mysteriously washes ashore in an abandoned boat. This is a heartbreaking story about right and wrong, moral dilemmas and the lengths we go to for the happiness of those we love. I have to admit, the first few chapters are a little slow- BUT KEEP READING. It will be worth it, I promise! This book really makes you wonder what you would do in a situation like the characters'. The writing is so good and there's so much depth- another love story with more unexpected plot turns. Again, you're gonna need some TISSUES!

3) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes centers on 26-year-old working class British girl named Louisa Clark who loses her job during the recession. Not qualified for much, she is hired as a caregiver for attractive 35 year-old, Will Traynor, a quadripilegic after a motorcycle accident two years before. This story is about their unexpected friendship and how this unlikely pair change each others lives forever. The writing is so honest- you will fly through the 400 pages before you know it. Make sure you're not wearing any mascara for the end of this book. And make sure you do not read the end in a public place, like the train. You don't want people to see how much you will cry. 

4) A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams is a much lighter read, but totally worth it. This is an intricate story of love, friendship, betrayal and deep, dark family secrets. It starts during Lily's senior year at Smith College and jumps back and forth over the following 7 years, culminating with the hurricane of 1938 that totally obliterated the Rhode Island coast. I love reading stories that take place in places I know, like New York City and Rhode Island, but that also evoke a clear picture of a time in history. I've always felt like there is something so much more romantic about stories that take place in the 20's, 30's and 40's. You probably won't need tissues for this one, but its got more history and depth than your typical Chick-Lit book.

Next on my list? The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize winning author of one of my other favorite books, The Namesake

Thanks so much, Kate! I definitely want to read all of these. I added Walking Toward the Light by Karen Scarpulla and Mystic Tea by Rea Nolan Martin to this list as well. Karen is an old family friend who wrote about her amazing true life story of caring for her ex-husband as he battled cancer. A quick and powerful read.
What will I be reading next? Mystic Tea written by my super talented Aunt Rea!

Any other good reads we left out? Comment below!


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