Greene Book Recommendations
By: Tracy Rees
It is 1831 when eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a naked baby girl abandoned in the snow on the grounds of her aristocratic family's magnificent mansion. Her parents are horrified that she has brought a bastard foundling into the house, but Aurelia convinces them to keep the baby, whom she names Amy Snow. Amy is brought up as a second-class citizen, despised by Vennaways, but she and Aurelia are as close as sisters. When Aurelia dies at the age of twenty-three, she leaves Amy ten pounds, and the Vennaways immediately banish Amy from their home. But Aurelia left her much more. Amy soon receives a packet that contains a rich inheritance and a letter from Aurelia revealing she had kept secrets from Amy, secrets that she wants Amy to know. From the grave she sends Amy on a treasure hunt from one end of England to the other: a treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. Ultimately, a life-changing discovery awaits--if only Amy can unlock the secret. In the end, Amy escapes the Vennaways, finds true love, and learns her dearest friends secret, a secret that she will protect for the rest of her life.
By: Ursula Werner
Edith and Oskar Eberhardt move their family to a small town near the Swiss border when the allies begin bombing Berlin during World War II. Their daughter Marina, mother to three girls, is active in a group that smuggles Jews across the border. When Oskar, a member of Hitler's cabinet, announces that the Fuhrer is coming to visit, Marina's latest mission is thrown into chaos. This well-written novel will interest readers who enjoy historical fiction set during the Second World War.