September Books Spotlight

September 25, 2013 Ann Hite, book spotlight, books to read, Diane Chamberlain, indiebound, Lynn Cullen, Marlen Suyapa Bodden, September releases 2013 2

I can’t read everything I want to, and each and every month there are new releases that I don’t get to read.  I thought I’d try to share those books, you may find something you’d like to read too.

The Storycather   by Ann Hite.  I met Ann at the Decatur Book Festival and heard her talking about this book, and I knew I’d be reading it..sadly just not this month.  Southern Fiction..nothing better. 

Shelly Parker never much liked Faith Dobbins, the uppity way that girl bossed her around. But they had more in common than she knew. Shelly tried to ignore the haints that warned her Faith’s tyrannical father, Pastor Dobbins, was a devil in disguise. But when Faith started acting strange, Shelly couldn’t avoid the past—not anymore.

Critically acclaimed, award-winning author Ann Hite beckons readers back to the Depression-era South, from the saltwater marshes of Georgia’s coast to the whispering winds of North Carolina’s mystical Black Mountain, in a mesmerizing gothic tale about the dark family secrets that come back to haunt us.

 Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain  I’m a fan of Diane’s books, they always tell detailed stores of women that make me dig in and fall in love with her work.

After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.
When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients’ lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.
Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen  I am sad I didn’t get to this book, but honestly I’ve been reading a LOT of historical fiction and I’ve needed a break.  This book is getting lots of great reviews, including praise from Erika Robucks whom I trust with knowing great books!

A vivid and compelling novel about a woman who becomes entangled in an affair with Edgar Allan Poe—at the same time she becomes the unwilling confidante of his much-younger wife.
It is 1845, and Frances Osgood is desperately trying to make a living as a writer in New York; not an easy task for a woman—especially one with two children and a philandering portrait painter as her husband. As Frances tries to sell her work, she finds that editors are only interested in writing similar to that of the new renegade literary sensation Edgar Allan Poe, whose poem, “The Raven” has struck a public nerve.

She meets the handsome and mysterious Poe at a literary party, and the two have an immediate connection. Poe wants Frances to meet with his wife since she claims to be an admirer of her poems, and Frances is curious to see the woman whom Edgar married.

As Frances spends more and more time with the intriguing couple, her intense attraction for Edgar brings her into dangerous territory. And Mrs. Poe, who acts like an innocent child, is actually more manipulative and threatening than she appears. As Frances and Edgar’s passionate affair escalates, Frances must decide whether she can walk away before it’s too late…

Set amidst the fascinating world of New York’s literati, this smart and sexy novel offers a unique view into the life of one of history’s most unforgettable literary figures.

The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden  My time is just ran out for this one,  I had an e galley and I just gobble up stories of slavery and I’m amazed by the things I still learn about this awful time in our American history.  Shameful but multi-layered is this topic.

When prestigious plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa’s hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah—her slave and her half-sister.  Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not a proper southern belle she appears to be with ambitions of loving who she chooses and Sarah equally hides behind the façade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape. Both women bring these tumultuous secrets and desires with them to their new home, igniting events that spiral into a tale beyond what you ever imagined possible and it will leave you enraptured until the very end.
Told through alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius’ wife, Marlen Suyapa Bodden’s The Wedding Gift is an intimate portrait that will leave readers breathless.

I’m hoping to read these books very soon, and I’ll be sharing my reviews when I do, but for now…go grab a book and enjoy!!
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2 Responses to “September Books Spotlight”

  1. Erika Marks

    Hi lovely lady!

    Just had to come by and join the squee-fest for these fabulous books! I got an early read of Ann’s book, THE STORYCATCHER, and already thought she walked on water with GHOST ON BLACK MOUNTAIN so I inhaled THE STORYCATCHER. The grace and richness of her prose blows me away!

    Diane Chamberlain gave a wonderful presentation at SIBA so I am eager to read her new one.

    The others sound/look great–boy, now all we need are a few extra hours in each day to get through our TBR piles, right?? 🙂

    Hugs to you!

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