Tuesday, March 01, 2022

The books I read in February

 A friend Recommended The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.

The two of us love to read historical fiction and she thought I would like it... and she was right! Funny thing tho... My hometown is mentioned... and she didn't tell me that until I had read it!! It actually explains a lot of the nicknames that are called in that town... hmm

Here is the description from Ms Hannah:

"Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.  

In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation."

of course, to offset that book I had to go back to my True Crime guy!!!

This was an awesome book - and with Reacher coming to Amazon Prime - it was the perfect time to read it!  I got all my action and adventure knocked out haha!

Mr Goldbergs Description:

"When a passenger jet crashes onto the beaches of Waikiki, bestselling thriller writer Ian Ludlow knows the horrific tragedy wasn’t an accident.

Years before, the CIA enlisted Ian to dream up terrorism scenarios to prepare the government for nightmares they couldn’t imagine. Now one of those schemes has come true, and Ian is the only person alive who knows how it was done… and who is behind the plot. That makes him too dangerous to live.

Ian goes on the run, sweeping up an innocent bystander in his plight—Margo French, a dog walker and aspiring singer. They are pursued by assassins and an all-seeing global-intelligence network that won’t stop until Ian and Margo are dead. Ian has written thrillers like this before, but this time he doesn’t know how it’s going to end—or if he will be alive to find out."

And then... I read:

I loved it!!! I so felt both characters. it was one of those Two character perspectives from the then and now. The Now charachter is learning so much about the then charachter. it was heart warming.

her Description

"Margaret Van Buren was a young socialite growing up in post-war Alabama who married the man chosen for her. After enduring his unfaithfulness for years, she decided to flee to Sweet Bay, Ala. There she discovered the Hideaway, a B and B that became her refuge. Though Margaret longed for an “uncomplicated love,” instead she found a devastating love that changed her forever. Her life was a mystery to most, but her death opened up many secrets she had hidden. Margaret wills the Hideaway to her only granddaughter, Sara, with one request: that she refurbish the quaint B and B to its former glory. When Sara receives news of Margaret’s death and her ownership of the Hideaway, she is stunned. Leaving her New Orleans antique shop behind, she immediately begins work on the old house. During Sara’s extended visit to her childhood home, she longs to know the woman she had believed was eccentric, realizing that she had never bothered to look behind the protective wall that surrounded her grandmother. While cleaning out the attic, Sara discovers an old box that unveils many secrets of a Margaret she never truly knew. "

and the last book 

Well... I am one now - so the title caught my eye... But! I hope that I am better than this one haha!

It is actually a very good book. One of the things that gets me tho, is that these kids expect their parents to still support them after the are married and have families.... Is that really expected? I am so independent, and so are my kids - that that threw me..... 

Anyways - here is the description

"A twisty, compelling new novel about one woman's complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in death...

From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, she knew she wasn’t the wife Diana had envisioned for her perfect son. Exquisitely polite, friendly, and always generous, Diana nonetheless kept Lucy at arm’s length despite her desperate attempts to win her over. And as a pillar in the community, an advocate for female refugees, and a woman happily married for decades, no one had a bad word to say about Diana…except Lucy.

That was five years ago.

Now, Diana is dead, a suicide note found near her body claiming that she longer wanted to live because of the cancer wreaking havoc inside her body.

But the autopsy finds no cancer.

It does find traces of poison, and evidence of suffocation.

Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her children, and their spouses? "

There you have it.... that is my reading for the month.


Rosalie said...

Our book club read The Four Winds and Loved it too!! Kristin writes so well I gobble up her books.

Sherrill said...

I read Kristin Hannah's book awhile back. It was tough to think of my mom and dad living through that. Don't think my dad had it that rough but my mom's life was not an easy one though they never talked about it. I like Lee Goldberg but haven't read that one yet. This Tender Land and Ordinary Grace (both by William Kent Krueger) are SO good as are all his books IMHO. I recently finished The World Played Chess by Robert Dugoni that was good. I check goodreads.com for ideas and info on possibilities. The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian was also good. A few for you to look into!!

Delighted Hands said...

This sounds like a great reading list! I put several in my wish list!

Judy in Michigan said...

I must have missed the wedding...didn't know one of the handsome boys married. Best wishes to the newlyweds. Lots of reading in my future! Thanks.

Linda said...

I think I've read a Kristin Hannah book but cannot remember which one it was. I need to look at her booklist again. With all you do, I really can't believe you have time to read - lol!

Quiltdivajulie said...

And if you haven't already, you MUST read Hail Mary by Andy Weir (who also wrote The Martian). EVERYONE in my family has read both books and agrees they are excellent. I love Lauren Denton's work - I don't think I've read this one, though. Must go check my reading app.

Carol in Texas said...

How are you liking Reacher? My husband had read all the Reacher books and we were looking forward to the series. But he has been disappointed. We’ve watched three episodes, I guess. The actor they chose for Reacher seems to me like a kids action figure. And the characters are bizarre…..a black Harvard grad a chief detective in a small southern town? The female officer that attracts Reacher…..? The wealthy family that runs the town? It is just not very interesting or believable to me. I have not read the book it’s based on so it may be following the story very well. But I would recommend the Bosch series on Prime for an exciting retelling of crime novels. That series is superb and the main actor is just terrific, as are all the cast.

Bonnie said...

Wow -- there are several books that peak my interest. I recently finished The Four Winds. It was riveting. And, boy did I cry at the end. Did you come from Texas or was it Ca. You've got me curious about the nicknames too.