Friday, January 15, 2016

Snow Reads: Almost like Beach Reads, but with way more clothing!

Since it's at least five to six months before I do a Beach Read list, I put together a Snow Read accumulation (see what I did there?) of books for a cold winter's eve. Grab a blanket and a steaming beverage. Here's five selections to cuddle up with:

1. Broken Grace by E C Diskin

This one comes highly recommended from my mom who usually has an eye for what will keep my attention. As much as I hate to admit it, I have a habit of starting a book only to lose interest because I disagree with the plot or choice of characters and leave it unfinished. After reading the first couple of pages, I'm thinking I'll stick with this one.

Broken Grace begins with Grace driving away from a house in a mad rush like someone's chasing her. A deer jumps in front of her speeding car. She has a horrific accident. Yet, she survives. Only she awakens with head trauma so severe she has no memory. Convenient plotline, yes. Intriguing way to begin a story, double yes. I can't wait to figure out this book's secret. I'm figuring Grace better remember something quick for her own safety.

2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Alaska, 1920: A couple living at remote homestead decide to fend off their loneliness by building a snow child. (No, they don't name it Olaf. Don't be silly!) Here's the magical or creepy part depending on your point of view - the snow child isn't there the next morning, but a real blonde-haired girl is running amongst the trees.

Of course, the couple adopts the little girl who seems to have no one caring for her other than a red fox. I'm sure everyone doesn't live happily ever after which makes for a real page turner.

Does anyone else have a strong urge to bake gingerbread man cookies?

3. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Two sisters as opposite as they can get return home to care for their ailing mother. They think they're in for a not-so-fun, awkward family time. What they get is their mother telling them a Russian fairy tale.

Just when the sisters think their visit can't get any worse, the fairy tale turns out to be the volatile history of their mother's life growing up in war-torn Leningrad. Plus, there's a secret. Something dark and life altering. (Then, the mother tucks them into bed and whispers sweet dreams.)

Also, noteworthy to read is Kristin Hannah's Nightingale.

4. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

A writer sets up camp at a castle in Scotland in order to write a historical novel she plans to make a bestseller. The story has ties to the writer's own background. I bet she paid for a subscription to Turns out the writer starts having some unexplained past life memories. And those memories aren't all rainbows and leprechauns (especially since she's in Scotland not Ireland).

This book promises suspense, historical storytelling, romance and a dose of the supernatural.

5. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Set in the Pacific Northwest on a remote island in Puget Sound, this story has all the facets to be a "thinker".

A Japanese-American man who spent time in an internment camp during WW II now finds himself on trial for murder. Did he do it or is he a victim of prejudice? An investigative reporter for a local newspaper seeks to uncover the truth but finds himself falling in love with the accused man's wife. Oops!

Brew up another mug of hot chocolate. This one just got interesting.

How about you? Have you read any of these Snow Reads? Or, do you have one to add to the list? Warm up this post with a comment!

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