I'm linking up today with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your books. For the second month in a row I only read two books.
First up is Fly Away by Kristin Hannah.
Tully Hart has always been larger than life, a woman fueled by big dreams and driven by memories of a painful past. She thinks she can overcome anything until her best friend, Kate Ryan, dies. Tully tries to fulfill her deathbed promise to Kate---to be there for Kate's children---but Tully knows nothing about family or motherhood or taking care of people.
Sixteen-year-old Marah Ryan is devastated by her mother's death. Her father, Johnny, strives to hold the family together, but even with his best efforts, Marah becomes unreachable in her grief. Nothing and no one seems to matter to her . . . until she falls in love with a young man who makes her smile again and leads her into his dangerous, shadowy world.
Dorothy Hart---the woman who once called herself Cloud---is at the center of Tully's tragic past. She repeatedly abandoned her daughter, Tully, as a child, but now she comes back, drawn to her daughter's side at a time when Tully is most alone. At long last, Dorothy must face her darkest fear: Only by revealing the ugly secrets of her past can she hope to become the mother her daughter needs.
A single, tragic choice and a middle-of-the-night phone call will bring these women together and set them on a poignant, powerful journey of redemption. Each has lost her way, and they will need each one another---and maybe a miracle---to transform their lives.
This is the first book I've read by Kristin Hannah and I know a lot of people love her. Let me start with the positives. I think the cover is so pretty that I want to frame it and hang it in my house. As for the actual content, it wasn't my favorite. Each chapter was written from the perspective of a different character, and it jumped back and forth in time. On more than one occasion I felt like I was re-reading the exact same thing I'd read 50 pages before. I actually went back and forth to compare page numbers because I thought I might have gotten a faulty book! The plot was okay. Nothing great and I was kind of relived when it was over.
And of course, I couldn't end the summer without reading an Elin Hilderbrand.
Claire has a problem with setting limits. All her life she has taken on every responsibility, assumed every burden, granted every request. Claire wants it all--and in the eyes of her friends, she has it: a devoted husband, four beautiful children, even a successful career as an artist. So when she agrees to chair the committe for Nantucket's social event of the year, she knows she can handle it. Claire can handle anything.
But when planning the gala propels her into the orbit of billionaire Lock Dixon, unexpected sparks begin to fly. Lock insists on working closely with Claire--often over a bottle of wine--and before long she can't ignore the subtle touches and lingering looks. To her surprise, she can't ignore how they make her feel, either. Claire finds the gala, her life, and herself spinning out of control.
A Summer Affair captures the love, loss, and limbo of an illicit romance and unchecked passion as it takes us on a brave and breathless journey into the heart of one modern woman.
This book won't win any literary awards, but much like The Bachelor, the drama sucked me right in. If you're looking for a fantastic piece of literary greatness, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for a mindless read about people whose lives are far more dramatic than you'd ever want yours to be, give it a try.
I am going to the library tomorrow and have a whole list of books to look for thanks to posts from this link-up. Have you read any of them?
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
Celine by Peter Heller
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen
The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane
That Night by Chevy Stevens
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson