fiction, historical fiction, throwback, Uncategorized

(TBT) “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline

This was Kline’s response when asked, “Generally, what do you see as the factors that influence a novel’s success?” (Being A Writer). Kline’s novel Orphan Train sat on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years and although it could have been due to all the things she listed, it also could have lingered there simply because it was a really good book.

fiction, historical fiction, throwback, Uncategorized

(TBT) “The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir” by Jennifer Ryan

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, published in 2017, is Jennifer Ryan’s first novel. Just to clear up any confusion that could arise, she is not the only author named Jennifer Ryan. She should have included a middle initial to distinguish herself from the other Jennifer Ryan, a contemporary romance author from San Francisco who has written multiple series.

fiction, throwback, Uncategorized

(TBT) “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins

“Beckford is not a suicide spot. Beckford is a place to get rid of troublesome women,” (89). Keep that in mind while reading Paula Hawkins newest novel, Into the Water. Like her last novel, The Girl on the Train, the book is written from multiple people’s points of view, each with their own insight and clues as to who committed the crime. And like The Girl on the Train, the story is full of suspense and twists and turns that leave the reader guessing whodunnit up until the last sentence.

nonfiction, throwback, Uncategorized

(TBT) “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman

The Zookeeper’s Wife is one of Diane Ackerman’s many nonfiction books. This incredible true story is about a husband and wife, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who hid Jews in their Warsaw zoo during WWII. The Zabinski’s story is one of a kind and I am surprised I hadn’t heard of it until now.