Whistling Past the Graveyard

Whistling Past the GraveyardWhistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am on a roll with reading good books. I picked this one because it was the Target book club choice this month. And it was good! The story of Starla who runs away to find her momma. She hitches a ride from a black woman named Eula who promises to get her to her momma. Their journey is not easy through the south with civil rights being on the fore front of everyone’s minds. And Starla and Eula’s lives will never be the same.

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The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left BehindThe Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Girl You Left Behind was engaging from the first chapter. It is the story of a lost painting and Sophie, the subject in the painting. I have to admit, that I was a bit lost at the start of the 2nd part of the book when it switched to present day and the story of Liv,the woman who now owned Sophie’s painting. But I soon was engrossed in that story as well, and how we learned about Sophie’s life through Liv’s story. Love it all. For awhile I thought it might be anti-climatic but it wasn’t at all.

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The House Girl

The House GirlThe House Girl by Tara Conklin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great book. It started a little slow, but by 1/3 through I did not want to put it down. The story of a slave house girl and how a modern day lawyer sets out to find out what happens. The stories run parallel throughout the book, and I found myself rooting for Josephine (the slave) and Lina (the lawyer). Definitely enjoyed. This is a 4 star book, I think only because it started slow for me… so probably really closer to a 4.5 star book.

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The Book Thief

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good book. It was a bit of a slow start, but I think that is was because I was not in the mood for historical (war) fiction. But once I was into it, I couldn’t put it down. Loved the characters in it. Mostly because they were good people with sound character living in Germany during WWII.

I definitely recommend this one. Just know the style and perspective of the book is different and may throw you off initially, but also part of what I loved about it.

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