Recent Reads

Brutal Discoveries by Kasey Millstead (2016).  Bakery owner Scarlett's life changes dramatically when she joins a group matching volunteer visitors with prisoners serving life sentences.  She can't even imagine the changes prisoner Damon and prison guard Aden bring to her life.  While I found the romantic aspects of the story lacking and the details about the bakery distracting, I enjoyed the details about the relationships and getting to know Scarlet.

Abandoned:  The Story of the Greely Arctic Expedition 1881-1884 by Alden Todd (2001).  Fascinating read about the experience of a group of Arctic explorers.  Snippets included from diaries really tell the story as the group moves from being well-fed and excited about their adventure to starving, struggling to survive, and knowing each other almost too well.  Sadly, most of the men died before being rescued.

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick (2013).  This is a re-read for Maya and me.  Seemingly shallow, this book is actually a wickedly smart and funny take on what happens when an American girl from a Missouri trailer park (Becky) magically becomes the most beautiful woman in the world (Rebecca).  All sorts of opportunities suddenly come Becky's way as Rebecca, and she only has a year to get married or lose her beauty.  What happens?

Tabula Rasa by Kitty Thomas (2016).  Lots of angst and twists when Elodie wakens in a post-apocalyptic, abandoned theme park with amnesia and a husband who strikes her as "off," including being found by someone just as terrifying as her husband.  I found the story fascinating right up until the very end, which left me unsatisfied and upset.  No spoilers, so let me know what you think if you decide to read the book--disappointed with the ending or not?


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