By: Fiona Barton
The skeleton of a baby is discovered at a building site in London. Journalist Kate Waters, introduced in the author's first novel, doggedly pursues every clue to discover the identity of this baby. Emma is a brooding middle-aged woman who has tried to put her unhappy childhood behind her but is tormented by her past. Angela and Nick have raised a family, but many years ago their newborn daughter was stolen from a hospital maternity ward. Could this be their baby? Author Fiona Barton does not disappoint her fans with her second novel. Readers will be kept guessing until the last pages.
By: Janet Benton
In 1883, Lilli de Jong finds herself abandoned by her fiance and pregnant. She gives birth in a home for unwed mothers and decides to keep her baby. Employment options for women of that time were dismal, but for an unwed mother, they are practically nonexistent. Lilli's only option is to hire herself out as a wet nurse to a wealthy family and to find a place that will feed and keep her own baby. Unfortunately, Lilli's baby faces significant survival challenges in these circumstances. Eventually, Lilli and her baby are forced out on the streets of Philadelphia. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this well written book that deftly portrays the heartbreaking struggles of poor women and children.
By: Michael Finkel
In 1986, twenty-year old Chris Knight walked into the Maine woods and lived the life of a hermit for the following twenty-seven years. Although he lived in a tent, he never lit a fire in that whole time for fear of being discovered. Reluctantly, he stole food, batteries, propane, books and clothes from nearby summer cabins in order to survive. The legend of a local hermit grew as locals tried to find explanations for missing items. Some residents even left notes and bags of books for the hermit. Knight was ultimately caught during one of his robberies and spent time in jail before his trial. Author Michael Finkel was transfixed by Knight's story and made the trip from Montana to Maine several times to interview the reticent Knight. Readers will enjoy this well-written account of a man who was happiest when living alone surrounded by the wilderness.