A Light in the Hallway

A Light in the Hallway by Amanda Prowse is the story of a family.   The story opens as Kerry is battling cancer and her husband Nick is trying to manage the day to day task and be there for their teenage son Oliver.  Nick struggles to manage everything and he finds it harder as time goes on.  I know this makes it seem like a  tear-jerker, and I admit I cried, but I also admired Nick for his strength in the face of the situation and his drive to keep going.  The story spans a few years.  The narrative moves through time showing us Nick’s scenes from Nick’s life and even letting us know what Kerry thinks.  Nick plucked my heartstrings as he navigated the changes in his life and tried to do the best thing for his son.    This story leaves you feeling hopeful and optimistic as you take Nick’s journey with him.  He is supported by his friends and family and they add their own special touches to his journey.   This book became available on November 11th and it might be just perfect for you or someone on your gift list.

Every Note Played Lisa Genova On Sale Today

I loved this story not because Richard an internationally known pianist is diagnosed with ALS and we are with him as his body fails him. What I loved about the story is the dynamics between Richard and the other characters. He must try to put his life in order before it is too late and like most of us he thinks he has more time. Gradually he develops a new and evolving normal that allows him the time he needs to atone for all the things he missed by being so devoted to his career. This story ultimately left me feeling uplifted even though so much of the story is sad. A great read that not only explores one man’s illness but also shows his impact on the world.

The Stolen Marriage Diane Chamberlain

I loved Tess she made me laugh cry and cheer.  She always found a way to make the best of the situation she was in, and she was not afraid to stand up for what she wanted or needed.  Her mother in law Ruth  does not intimate her, nor does the polio epidemic or her husband Henry.  I loved this uplifting story about life, love and family.

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

The woodbury’s have it all.  Life in an affluent small town, beautiful children, and as a family they are well loved in their town.  One night a police car arrives and takes George Woodbury, beloved science teacher and local hero away he has been charged with a very serious crime.  This absence sends his family into a sea of emotion that will rock them and shift as the town turns against them and they must look to each other for safe harbor in the storm.  Older son Andrew returns from New York to help.  Joan the matriarch of the clan and a respected ER nurse will struggle with anger and fear as she tries to figure out if her husband is guilty and what to do about it if he is and if he isn’t.  For high school senior Saddie she will go from a popular and sought out student to an outcast and she will seek counsel in odd places as she tries to find her way through her senior year.  The woodbury’s are the family we want to be until the unexpected happens.  A page turner with many points of view and relatable characters.

Right Handed Lefty by Ryan Coughlin

When two small town boys steal day old bread for their friend in need they end up getting more than they bargained for, they end up witnesses to murder, but the police don’t believe them and fearing for their lives the boys flee.  I won’t tell you anymore of the plot than that but trust me that is just the start of the story.  As things unfold we learn dark secrets and family history that holds things together and can tear them apart.  This book does a beautiful job of showing small town life  in the bright sunlight and the dark shadows.  A story of growing up and becoming who you are meant to be.

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

Meet Nina, wife to a successful business man, mother of 2 wonderful boys who lives in a beautiful house and drives a nice car.  Her family travels, her older son loves playing ruby at his prep school and Nina spends her days caring for the house and shuttling the boys around town.   While she is watching her son’s ruby match Nina receives a phone call that will bring her devastating news, but as Nina will learn that call is just the tip of the iceberg.  I loved watching Nina deal with issue after issue and ultimately  reconstruct her life.  Nina has more and more questions as her life changes and I don’t want to tell you to many plot details because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but I don’t feel like this review is truly giving Nina the review she deserves.  She is a woman who is  strong and fragile at the same time, and she is often lost and frustrated but she finds a way to keep going and I admire her for  that.  I found this story uplifting and honest and true.  I hope you check it out and if you do that you enjoy it.

The Space between words by Michele Phoenix Out Now

When Jessica wakes in a french hospital after the terror attacks she can’t decide whether to get better or give up, she is so traumatized by what happened she is stuck.  With help from her good friend Patrick she finds a way to heal and continue the trip they planned.  While searching for antiques with Patrick Jessica finds a box with a story to tell that will lead her on a quest to find out what happened and introduce her to new friends along the way.  I have to admit that it is eerie to be be reviewing this today in light of what happened in Las Vegas over the weekend, but this story is uplifting.  Jessica is broken and lost but like all of us who end up in that place myself included she takes it one day at a time and things start falling into place.  I felt for her as the story unfolded and I loved tagging along as she solved the historical puzzle she found.  A great read that makes you glad for what you have and reminds you that you can move forward.