If you ended up here and you are not a reader, you might’ve taken a wrong turn in Albuquerque.
However, since you’re here now, take a look at the six books I recommend.
And a few I haven’t read yet, BUT, I’m looking forward to with great anticipation.
If you have a favorite, tell us about it in the comment section below – don’t be shy.
This is an ongoing series and if you’re new to the Scribbler, take a look at these.
1. Death Between the Tables by Alexa Bowie.
This is the second book in the Old Manse series by a popular New Brunswick author writing under a pseudonym. If you like cozy mysteries, you’ll need to check it out.
Synopsis: Book 2 in the Old Manse Mysteries cozy series. Emma Andrews, newly returned from Toronto to her small childhood town, has confirmed her ownership of a Victorian-era Manse, newly converted to an arts and culture center. While hosting a house warming for the town's dignitaries, police and fire station teams, the entire group witnesses a woman dying by poison. Or did she? Of course Emma is viewed by the police with suspicion, but the Creatives at her center: the artists, musicians and chefs all vow to keep her out of jail, or keep her well fed in her cell, at the least. But Emma, with her best friend and aunt-namesake, will get to the bottom of things, no matter what the risk.
My review – Go HERE. Scribbler visit – Go HERE.
An award-winning novel sure to please the most discriminate reader.
Synopsis: A powerful tale of the search for meaning, freedom and family bonds.
Duncan, a Canadian writer, is incarcerated in Iran’s notorious Evin prison. Hamid, in an adjacent cell, bores a hole in his wall through which the two men whisper their stories, discovering their vastly different experiences, and their shared humanity.
Winner of the David Adams Richards award for best novel, the judge described Solitary as “a powerful, propulsive read.”
Based on a true story.
Held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, writer Duncan Lindsay hangs on to his sanity by recalling the past and imagining the future. Despair and delusions stalk him in the endless present. A fellow prisoner, Hamid, is scratching his way to freedom, but succeeds only in boring a tiny hole through to Duncan’s cell. Still, it is enough to allow the men to speak, to trade their stories, and to save each other’s humanity – at least for a while. Hamid uses the opportunity to relate the tale of his family’s history before and during the Revolution. But Duncan cannot grope his way fully into the present. Even when restored to his wife and family back in Canada, he struggles to break out of his solitary confinement.
This is a follow up to Winsor’s earlier novel, The Apprenticeship of Molly Chant. Both have garnered great reviews.
Synopsis: When Thomas Morley, a young Newfoundland fisherman, is rescued from death by the local witch, he discovers he has the ability to cure sickness and charm blood. A gift, he is told, until seizures and blackouts have him glancing into the future, a place that frightens and confuses him. With folk lore and superstition roiling his world, he knows he’s cursed.
WWI calls Thomas to Europe, and his dreams of fishing the waters around Cape Bonavista are wrecked. On his return from the war, all that he yearned to come home to is gone. As he struggles to conquer ‘shell shock’ and fights to gain back the life he once had, his world becomes a desolate place. Will the revelation of a closely guarded family secret rescue him from this misery or will it bring about his final demise?
5. The Quilting Bee by Susanne Casey
Enjoyable reading. Highly recommended.
Synopsis: Cathy West is a talented quilter who spends her first four decades looking for love. Any love. Neglected by her parents, sexually abused by her first husband, emotionally abused by her second one, Cathy refuses to give up hope in finding true love.
The introvert artisan finds unconditional love from her Aunt Mary who taught her quilting, and her sons Jesse and Joey. A third son, who she gave up for adoption, resurfaces later in her life. But none of them keep her warm at night.
Determined to find happiness, Cathy West trudges through life while hoping for true love. An old acquaintance who keeps fading in and out of her life may be the answer to her search. Only time will tell.
I love Powning’s stories.
Synopsis: A novel of orphans and widows, terror and hope, and the relationships that hold us together when things fall apart.
With murder dominating the news, the respected wife of a New Brunswick sea captain is drawn into the case of a British home child whose bad luck has turned worse. Mortified that she must purchase the girl in a pauper auction to save her from the lechery of wealthy townsmen, Josephine Galloway finds herself suddenly the proprietor of a boarding house kept afloat by the sweat and tears of a curious and not completely compatible collection of women, including this English teenager, Flora Salford. Flora's place in her new family cannot be complete until she rescues the missing person in her life, the only one who understands the trials she has come through and fresh horrors met since they were separated years before.
Reconnecting with characters of Beth Powning's beloved The Sea Captain's Wife, The Sister's Tale is a story of women finding their way, together, through terrible circumstances they could neither predict nor avoid, but will stop at nothing to overcome.
Reviews – Go HERE. Scribbler visit – Go HERE.