Books to curl up with
Another Piece of My Heart
St. Martin’s Press
When Andi marries Ethan, the man of her dreams, she is thrilled to get a ready-made family. Andi, who has always wanted to be a mother, loves Ethan’s two daughters as if they were her own. But teen-aged Emily is determined to reject Andi and thwart her marriage. While it’s hard to believe that well-heeled Ethan and Andi never seek professional help for the incredibly disturbed Emily, her theatrics and very real problems move Jane Green’s story forward at a blistering pace. Green tackles more than her usual chick lit topics here — she offers a raw and emotional look at the difficulties of step-parenting and what it means to be a mom. In the end, you’ll care about this family as if it were your own.
Now in paperback, Minding Frankie is vintage Binchy. Alcoholic slacker Noel Lynch is shocked when a one-night-stand contacts him with the news that she is pregnant — and dying. He accepts his responsibility as baby Frankie’s father and with the help of family, friends, and neighbors manages to convince a nosy and interfering social worker that his young daughter is truly loved and cared for. Binchy fans will enjoy reconnecting with favorite characters from earlier books like catering twins Maud and Simon, Muttie and Lizzie Scarlet, and Clara Casey — as well as meeting a host of new ones. In Minding Frankie, Binchy’s in top form as she seamlessly creates a Dublin world that’s as cozy as a well-worn pair of slippers.
Anne Rivers Siddon
Hatchette Book Group
Best-selling author Anne Rivers Siddon captures the sultry summers of Georgia in her latest novel. Thayer Wentworth finds herself in the years after her father’s tragic death at a summer camp in the mountains. It is there she falls in love with Nick Adams — who ultimately breaks her heart. But things aren’t always all that they seem. Years later, living in Atlanta and married to an eccentric Irishman and folklorist, Thayer must come to terms with knowledge about her mother, Nick, and her husband that will forever change her life. There’s plenty to warm up to in Thayer’s atmospheric and evocative story — until its thunderclap of a conclusion strains a more than willing suspension of disbelief.