By: Sarah Waters
With a dwindling income, Frances Wray and her mother must rent out part of their family home in post-World War I England. Both of Frances's brothers have died in the war. Her father died at home in the last days of the war, leaving his widow in dire financial straits. The Barbers, a lively, young couple, move into the house. As the house's inhabitants gradually grow accustomed to each other, Frances and Lillian Barber become friends. One tragic night, however, changes everything. This book is an excellent choice for fans of psychological fiction.
By: John Harwood
Fans of the Victorian ghost story will love this novel by John Harwood. Told through the point of view of three different narrators, the story cleverly comes together in the second half of the novel. Constance is a young woman raised in an unhappy home after the death of her toddler sister Alma. Eleanor's mother and sister cannot hide their absolute disdain for her. She eventually finds true love in an ill-fated engagement to Edward, a young painter. John wanted to be a artist as a young man, but he turned to the law to provide an ample income for Phoebe, his bride-to-be. When she dies in childbirth, he is heartbroken. The fates of these three characters are intertwined with that of haunted Wraxford Hall.
By: Kristin Hannah
Vianne and her sister Isabelle approach life in Nazi-occupied France in totally different ways. Vianne is forced to billet a Nazi officer, but she tries to be civil. Isabelle openly despises the Germans and eventually joins the Resistance. Over time, Vianne begins to feel that she must set an example for her daughter. She can no longer ignore the injustices hoisted upon the French population, and she finds her own way to defy the Nazis.
By: Jennifer Teege, Nikola Sellmair, Carolin Sommer
This is an astounding story about a unique woman. The author, daughter of a German-Nigerian couple, discovers quite by chance that she is the granddaughter of the commandant of a Nazi death camp. As her research and story unfold she passes through depression and self doubt. From her lineage and her genetic makeup to her friends and adoptive family, all is put under a microscope to determine who she is. The journey is difficult, but the upshot is hopeful. Highly recommended.