Jun 9, 2019

Sunday Salon: Guidebook for Couples; Historical Fiction; Reviews

Trouble the Water, a novel by Rebecca Dwight Bruff, July 4, 2019, Koehler Books

Trouble the Water

Trouble the Water

Inspired by a true story, Trouble the Water is about risking everything for freedom. Born a slave, Robert Smalls commandeered a Confederate arms ship from the Charleston harbor, and with the woman he loved and a small crew of other slaves, delivered it to the Union Navy. After the war ended Smalls was able to purchase the house in which he and his mother had been enslaved, and he became one of America’s first black legislators. (publisher)

Let's Do Us by Charly Ligety and Les Starck, June 11, 2019, Harper Design

Let's Do Us
Let's Do Us
A pair of playful and romantic twin guidebooks created specially for couples to help them talk about the difficult yet important issues that will affect their relationship and their future. (publisher)

Finished reading:

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, August 14, 2018, G.P. Putnam's Sons. Source: personal copy

This coming-of-age novel had me in tears. Wonderfully developed characters and an unusual, to me, setting in the North Carolina swamps. A book for lovers of nature and stories of adolescents enduring extremely trying circumstances. Some parts of the plot are hard to see as completely realistic, but it makes for an excellent story of strife, survival, and accomplishment. Five stars.  
I've recommended this novel to our library book club which meets the first Thursday each month. 

 The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine, May 7, 2019, Harper

The Last Time I Saw You

The Last Time I Saw You (review ARC from the publisher) is a thriller set around the unexplained murder of a wealthy woman, Lily, the mother of Kate, a heart surgeon. Kate is reunited at Lily's funeral with a childhood playmate, Blaire, who also knew and loved the charming and generous Lily.
There are many suspects for the crime, and Blaire, a successful detective author, sticks around, supposedly to help her friend Kate solve Lily's murder. There are unexpected twists to the story that I found improbable and unbelievable, though it did help to prolong the suspense in the plot. I gave the book three stars.  

Currently reading:

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames,  May 7, 2019,  Ecco Press

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

In this stunning debut novel, a young woman tells the story behind two elderly sisters’ estrangement, unraveling family secrets stretching back a century and across the Atlantic to early 20th century Italy (publisher)

What books have you been reading lately?
Memes: The Sunday Post  hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. Also,  It's Monday: What Are You Reading, and Stacking the Shelves. 


  1. I'm looking forward to reading Crawdads as soon as it comes in for me at the library. At one point I was #100-something, and I thought it might never happen! Thank you for your positive review.

    I've read a children's book about Robert Smalls. I thought he had a fascinating story. It would be interesting to read more about his life.

    Have a great week!

  2. Where the Crawdads Sing has been on my TBR list for far too long. I need to get to it.

  3. An interesting mix, communication really is the key to a good relationship, I’ve been with my husband for 29 years this year.

    Have a great reading week

  4. I've got to make time to read Where the Crawdads Sing. I hope we both enjoy Trouble the Water.

  5. I'm curious about Trouble the Water. Hope you enjoy all of your new books.

  6. Great variety of books. All are new to me though I've been seeing Where the Crawdads Sing around a lot. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. The Crawdads was certainly a very good read, quite poetic.

  8. It looks like you had some excellent reads. Have a wonderful week!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  9. Looks like a good haul. Happy Reading!

  10. Trouble the Water sounds really good. I'd be interested in reading it myself.


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