1. The Engagements by Courtney Sullivan looks at marriage through several different characters eyes and often exposes the dysfunction present in their relationships. It also chronicles the life of an advertising copywriter who works on the De Beers diamond campaign. The tales of their lives are woven through multiple chapters that are interspersed in the book spanning the course of one hundred years. Each of these stories is tied together in the end through a engagement ring. The characters and storyline make this book hard to put down.
2.The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd looks at a relationship between a young southern girl and the slave she was gifted for her eleventh birthday. This historical novel is based on Sarah Grimke who at a young age knew slavery was wrong and how this realization transformed her into an important abolitionist. It also follows the life of Hetty, the slave girl Sarah was gifted. The novel explores their lives from childhood into adulthood. It is a moving story that will have you feeling deeply for the characters. It’s also recommended by Oprah!
3. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Myers reveals the lives of two different women during two different time periods, one during WWI and one in present day. These two women are tied together by a painting. Their lives are filled with passion and each of their love stories have a number of twists and turns. It is so good I do not want to give too much away. I also recently read Me Before You which I would also highly recommend.
4. Boston Girl by Anita Diamant, also the author The Red Tent, was intriguing to me as someone who recently moved out of the city of Boston. I think knowing the location of the book made it even more interesting for me. It begins as a granddaughter asks her grandma, Addie Baum, how she became the woman she is today. Addie shares how her life story has molded and shaped her. A daughter born to Jewish immigrants living in Boston she faces a number of ups and downs in her career, family, & love life. Addie is a pioneer and you find yourself routing her along the way.
5. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry did not pull me in at first. An ordinary retiree who has led a boring life receives a letter from a former coworker who is dying. He thinks if he heroically walks to her a hospice she can be saved but through his journey he learns to save himself. You learn more about Harold and his life as he walks. You end up cheering him on and feeling his pain. An interesting and slightly odd but intriguing tale.