Here are some of the books I’ve read recently:Bittersweet by Colleen McCollough is about the four Latimer sisters–two sets of twins who shared the same Rector father, but two different mothers, as the first twins’ mother died shortly after giving birth. The rector quickly marries his former housekeeper, who gives birth to another set of twins. The result is 4 sisters, albeit with varying physical characteristics and natures, less than 2 years apart in age. Their story is captivating, especially as they mature, and at the beginning of the twentieth century, all four decide to enter a training program for nurses in New South Wales. Their adventures, and challenges are described by a master storyteller, Colleen McCullough.
A publisher person who is in library marketing for Macmillan publishing recommended Sharon Bolton when
she spoke in a recent webinar. Talia Sherer, of Macmillan, was nice enough to send me several of Bolton’s books.
So far, I have read Awakening and Sacrifice–both modern gothic thrillers. I enjoyed both of these, but beware if you don’t like snakes because there are lots in Awakening! Some might think that Sacrifice too gory, but I found it pretty intriguing.
Just yesterday, I finished The Alaskan Laundry, by Brendan Jones. It’s a debut novel, and I very much enjoyed it! Ever since the Northern Exposure tv series, I’m attracted to stories set in Alaska. This one did not disappoint. Tara Marconi is an 18 year old who has trained as a boxer. She has just left Philly to escape a domineering father, a lover she’s not sure about, and memories of her mother’s recent death. Tara goes to a small island off the coast of Alaska to work in a fish processing plant and then to try her hand at crewing on a fishing boat and to seek her fortune. Along the way, she acquires a dog and an aging tugboat. This is a coming of age novel with a rich cast of characters set in lush surroundings! I highly recommend it.