Austenland by Shannon Hale. When Jane Hayes is given the opportunity to play out her Austen-obsessed-I-want-Mr.-Darcy fantasy by a distant recently deceased relative, she is hesitant to accept. Decked out in empire-waist gowns, etiquette, and flirtations with the gardener – Jane finds something more valuable than love. She finds the courage to embrace herself. When a modern day Mr.Darcy comes waltzing into the scene, will he be the “real deal?”
And To Only Deceive by Tasha Alexandar. When Emily accepts Phillip’s proposal, it isn’t for love. When Phillip mysterious dies, Emily feels little grief. Two years later, she discovers that her husband was a far different man from the person she had believed she had married. A dark secret uncovered in one of his journals sends Emily on a dangerous spin of events with two mysterious suitors not so far behind.
Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt is my new favorite book this summer. Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection? This book is beautiful, inspiring, and very well written. It reminded me that we can’t control the way in which God heals, blesses, and loves our souls. The only control we have is in opening our hearts to the gifts as they come our way.
You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren. Annalise Decker – potential-mayor’s-wife , mother of three, and PTA member – is not Annalise Decker. After testifying against a dangerous criminal twenty years ago, Deidre O’Reilly is forced into witness relocation program and instructed to build a new life. But when her old life comes chasing after her, will she be able to cling to the life and love she has found?
Budha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. A collection of voices shared by the early Japanese woman in America. Their voices are inspiring, haunting, and thought provoking. Otsuka knits together a history that has been forgotten.
The Alchemist, Manuscript Found in Accra, and The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho. Coehlo writes words that inspire, heal, and calm my soul. These books are dog-eared, highlighted, and loved. Read these books.
What have you been reading this summer?