July 2013 Fiction: A Little Something for the Girls


I was looking through the new releases in our General Book department, and many of the books I came across seemed to be geared toward women. There is a thriller, a romance, and a kind-of anti-romance. See if you can guess which one is which!

A Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell

This one sounds a little terrifying, a little Taken-esque, but definitely good for anyone who enjoys a good thriller and a strong leading lady.

A Treacherous ParadiseFrom the inside flap:              From the internationally acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander crime novels, a powerful stand-alone novel set in early-twentieth-century Sweden and Mozambique, whose vividly drawn female protagonist is awoken from her naïveté by her exposure to racism and by her own unexpected inner strengths. 

Gripping in its drama, evocative and searing in its portrait of colonial Africa, A Treacherous Paradise is, at its heart, a deeply moving story of a woman who manages to wrench wisdom, empathy, and grace from the most unforgiving circumstances.

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

This one looks adorable! I’m a sucker for love letters, though, so that is probably why this one appeals to me. All about love, this one is great for romantic-types.

Letters from Skye: A NovelFrom the inside flap:        A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart.
 
March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when her first fan letter arrives, from a college student, David Graham, in far-away America. As the two strike up a correspondence—sharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secrets—their exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I engulfs Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he’ll survive.
 
June 1940: At the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against seeking love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. Then, after a bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears. Only a single letter remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago.

Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison

Now this one just looks hilarious. I think we can all relate to the protagonist–broken heart to rebound guy to hiding from love. A typical love story? I think not! Great for any strong-minded woman who may be feeling a little turned-off when it comes to love and romance.

Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong FingerFrom the inside flap:    Ten years ago, Quinn Barton was on her way to the altar to marry Burke Morrison, her high school sweetheart, when something derailed her. Rather, someone derailed her—the Best Man who at the last minute begged her to reconsider the marriage. He told her that Burke had been cheating on her. For a long time. Quinn, stunned, hurt, and confused, struggled with the obligation of fulfilling her guests’ expectations—providing a wedding—and running for her life.

She chose running. With the Best Man. Who happened to be Burke’s brother, Frank.

That relationship didn’t work either. How could it, when Quinn had been engaged to, in love with, Frank’s brother? Quinn opted for neither, and, instead, spends the next seventeen years working in her family’s Middleburg, Virginia, bridal shop, Talk of the Gown, where she subconsciously does penance for the disservice she did to marriage.

But when the two men return to town for another wedding, old anger, hurt, and passion resurface. Just because you’ve traded the good guy for the bad guy for no guy doesn’t mean you have to stay away from love for the rest of your life, does it?

Don’t forget–we have an entire romance section here at The Book Table. Make sure to drop by and see what else we’ve got in stock!

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