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5 Books for Fall Getaways

5 Books for Fall Getaways

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Dear Readers,

As we approach autumn, the old saying 'fall into a good book' becomes more appealing with each additional cool evening and every darkening minute that results from the decreasing sunlight. To completely immerse yourself in the lives of compelling characters, pick up any of the following selections. Each story, four fiction, and one true crime, is told through the eyes of beautiful, well-developed characters or a real life individual.

Happy reading,

Rody


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Mudbound

The harsh farm life of the Mississippi Delta in Mudbound is vividly seen and experienced through both the McAllan and Jackson families in the late 1940s after the end of WWII. This beautiful, thrilling and painful story shows the realities of deep, entrenched racism, the beauty of love and the capacity for good to imperfectly overcome evil. Each of the families that work the land are compelling, drawing you toward them or making you shudder. The voices of Laura, college educated wife of Henry who finds herself as a farm wife in the harshest of conditions, and Florence, the skilled midwife and wife of sharecropper Hap, especially shine all the way through to the books thrilling end.

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Cold Mountain

Ruby Thewes is technically not the main character of Cold Mountain, but her voice, heart and fortitude is the secret force of hope in this captivating tale of the civil war. Surviving the horrors of America's deadliest war from the perspective of women at home as well as the destruction of once hopeful men on the battlefield is skillfully told through this excellent work of historical fiction. The love story between Confederate soldier Inman and Ada who must care for her father's farm alone is both hopeful and lonely. The reader is pulled toward hope and home right along with Inman as he decides to take on the perilous walk back to Ada and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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The Fortune Teller

Semele Cavnow, through her work as an appraiser and translator of old manuscripts, gains access to a set of writings from the original great library of Alexandria in Egypt. As Semele translates the intricate story of a priceless deck of tarot cards, her own name is mentioned by the powerful seer, fortune teller and author of the manuscript. This strange personal mention, along with mysterious twists through history drives her desire to know more about the original author and the message she is trying to share into the future. After reading, you will likely feel the need to buy a tarot deck or seek out a personal reading.

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark

This true crime story of the Golden State killer was written by an amazing woman who relentlessly and meticulously searched for the man that raped over forty women and killed dozens of couples in their homes in the Bay area. Sadly, the author, Michelle, did not live to see that her hard work, along with that of many detectives and breakthroughs in the field of forensic science, ultimately paid off. Her amazing descriptions of what happened, why, where and when pull you straight into the 1970s and early 1980s of California. Although she doesn't hide the horror of the crimes, Michelle writes in a respectful manner, it is clear her goal is not to cause pain, but to bring the man that caused this horror to justice.

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Circe

Although she is the daughter of Helios, the blindingly powerful Greek God of the Sun, Circe is born as a lessor nymph who appears to have no powers. She is mocked by her strong and stunningly beautiful mother, siblings and relatives for her apparent plainness. In a story spanning thousands of years, Circe realizes throughout the fleeting passage of human time that she is a witch with a gift for transformation and deep connections to nature and animals. Watching Circe come into her own and find her power brings the old stories of the Greek gods and goddesses back to life as it is experienced from her fresh, lesser known perspective. Read these books on any device with the free Kindle app.

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