It is so much fun to read great books! And it is even more fun when there are three in a row. Maybe you will want to read one of these….

City of Women by David R. Gillham

It is 1943 and Berlin is a city of women, as most of the men are at the front. On paper, Sigrid seems like the typical German housewife. She is working at a low level job to support herself and her mother in law, while her husband is fighting the war. Her only escape from her routine is going to the movies. There she meets her future Jewish lover and later on, a new friend who will introduce her to a life she did not know existed. Sigrid faces a significant change in her life and she gets involved with the resistance movement and risks her marriage and her life for this cause.

This is a fast paced drama and also a thriller, as readers will get caught up in the danger that Sigrid is in, it becomes quite a page turner. I highly recommend this.

Alys, Always  by Harriet Lane

Frances works for a London book magazine and feels like her career is going nowhere. She lives alone and has no real social life. But one night everything changes as she comes across a car accident and comforts the driver while emergency services arrive. The driver dies, and Frances eventually meets the grieving family. She makes connections with each of them, and slowly her life starts to change.

This is a short novel that is filled with lots of tension and fun. The best description of this book was from the New York Times when they described it as “Howards End meets All about Eve.” This is Lane’s first novel and I cannot wait to see what she does next.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

This book has received impressive reviews and it is not surprise as it is from Kate Atkinson. But this is not her usual fare, and she once again proves how gifted a storyteller she is.

Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910 and throughout the book, she is born and dies again and again. We follow her life and then we start over again. All the circumstances of her life come into play, from the night of her birth and all through the over days in her life. It is all about who is in your life, the choices we make, the historic times and sometimes it is just plain good or bad luck. Or is it?

This is just one of the most fascinating books I have read in years, and I was never bored, I was constantly connected to this story and its characters. I honestly have no idea how Atkinson wrote this novel, but I would love to get into her brain one day. This is being touted as one of the best books of the year, and I agree it should be put on a top ten list somewhere.

Recommended viewing: one of my favorite novels for young people is The Goats by Brock Cole. It has finally been made into a film. There are two titles, so look for both of them when searching for this wonderful film: The Goats or Standing Up. 

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