True to form, Karen White offers magnetic characters that draw you into this sweet, southern romp. The setting is Sweet Apple, Georgia (I mean, how southern can you get).
The characters include Merilee Talbot Dunlap, a recently divorced mother with two children, Sugar Prescott, town matriarch, who knows everyone in town and serves the best sweet tea, and wealthy, beautiful, and popular Heather Blackford. who knows how to throw an impressive party. Each woman is hiding secrets that they hope are never revealed.
How well do you know your friends? How well do these women know each other? You can expect to shed a few tears, laugh out loud, and the suspenseful ending will leave you breathless.
For a great summer read. this one is perfect-settle in with a tall glass of sweet tea and enjoy.
I read numerous book genres including historical fiction, a personal favorite. What draws me to them is the unlimited historical subjects. One particular era always delivers interesting, emotional tales. World War II is such an important part of our world history that there is no end to the stories to be told and remembered. In Pam Jenoff’s latest book, The Orphan’s Tale, I was introduced to a part of that history I was not aware of-the German traveling circuses. This engrossing tale is about two women whose only intent is to survive the Holocaust. Astrid is the circus aerialist, a master at her craft. Noa, shamed and ostracized by her family to give up her newborn baby, she takes a job cleaning the local train station. Deciding that there had to be a better way to live, she leaves town after rescuing an infant from a train car filled with Jewish babies, forced from their mother’s arms and destined for sure death. She ultimately joins the traveling circus with the lie that the infant is her brother. Survival is difficult, secrets are kept by both women, but eventually friendships are formed. What follows is a heart pounding train ride to freedom or ultimate destruction.
Pam Jenoff is a NY Times best selling author of numerous novels, beloved by her followers. Her books are meticulously researched and admired by historical fiction fans and fellow writers. I highly recommend this book as well as her other books.
Jenny’s Two Pennies
Kristy Harvey’s books always introduce me to a family that I know I am going to love. In her latest book, I met Ansley, mother to three grown daughters-Caroline, Emerson, and Sloane. They each are returning to their childhood beach home in Peachtree Bluff, Georgia with secrets in tow. With a beautiful setting, this story uncovers memories, some sweet and some painful. What emerges is betrayal, lost love, and tragedy, which ultimately leads this family to forgiveness, redemption, and the possibility of future happiness and healing.
The first book in this compelling series leaves me longing for the next installment. Kristy Woodson Harvey is the new southern fiction writer who is quickly becoming a favorite of many.
Jenny Collins Belk
Don’t forget to come see
Kristy Woodson Harvey April 27th at
Silver Coast Winery!