Whether you're headed on a spring break getaway or hanging out close to home, check out five recent releases to get you through the last days of winter.
“The Crooked Branch” by Jeanine Cummins: New mom Majella is struggling with motherhood when she comes across the diary of her ancestor, Ginny Doyle. While she reads about Ginny’s story trying to keep her family alive during the Irish Great Famine, she learns more about herself and being a mother in the process.
“A Week in Winter” by Maeve Binchy: The late, great Binchy’s final novel tells the tale of Stone House, a hotel on the cliffs of western Ireland that specializes in winter getaways, and the diverse group people who’ve come to stay there. One couple is taking a break to deal with a horrible secret, one man has missed his flight, another claiming to be a psychic … all of them seeking changes that only Stone House can bring.
“The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult: The author tackles a difficult subject, as usual – this time, The Holocaust. Sage Singer, a baker and granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, never put a ton of thought into her family’s history. But when she befriends an older man who ultimately reveals a secret about his past in Germany, she’s forced to face the truth that could tear them apart.
“The Carriage House” by Louisa Hall: Hall’s debut novel, set in the Philadelphia suburbs, follows what happens when a father has a stroke and realizes his three daughters aren’t as perfect as he thought. Despite betrayals and bitterness, the family joins together to fight to save their historic property’s carriage house.
“Why Can’t I Be You” by Allie Larkin: Jenny Shaw, a young PR exec, travels to Seattle for a conference and is mistaken for a long-lost friend whose reunion is taking place at the same hotel. In an attempt to forget about her own troubles, Jenny goes along for the ride, pretending to be a woman named Jessie Morgan and befriending Jessie’s old crew. But what happens when they find out "Jessie" is a fraud?