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The Best Books for Spring Break

The Best Books for Spring Break

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Dear Readers,

Whether you’ve recently returned from a well-deserved break, or you are patiently awaiting your turn to slow down and relax, the following selections will immerse you in scenes of warmth as we wait for spring to come into bloom.

Happy reading,

Rody


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Then She Was Gone

You could easily devour this captivating thriller with well-developed characters and lovely writing on a weekend away. Smart, pretty, in-love, fifteen year old Ellie leaves home to study for her 'O-levels', General Certificate of Secondary Education exams, but never makes it to the local library. There's video footage of her walking down a street and glancing in a car window at her reflection, but she is never seen again. Ten years later when new evidence surfaces, we learn what happened from the perspective of Ellie, her mother Laurel, Ellie's sister Hanna and a charming man, Floyd, and his sweet, yet disturbingly wise-beyond-her-years daughter, Poppy.

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Moloka’i

After a scarlet mark appears on her leg, seven year old Rachel Kalama is sent away from her family and home in Honolulu to the island of Molokai to live in the quarantined leprosy settlement Kalaupapa. Although this fascinating story of Rachel’s life is fictional, it is based on a real place and actual events that occurred at the turn of the last century in Hawaii. The beauty of Rachel’s surroundings sometimes contrast, and at other times mirror the friendships, love and loss she faces each day. This is a lovely blend of traditional Hawaiian stories and historical fiction.

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The Tuscan Child

Hugo Langley is as British bomber pilot that is shot down over German occupied Tuscany and ultimately survives and returns to his crumbling home estate in the English countryside. Thirty years later, after Hugo’s death, his daughter Joanna finds an unopened letter to ‘Sofia’, which is not Joanna’s mother’s name. Joanna reads the letter and returns to Tuscany to find out what happened to her father and discover who he really may have been. Joanna’s time in Tuscany is filled with charming characters, mystery and descriptions of mouthwatering homemade meals. For those of you that have Kindle Unlimited this title is currently free to download.

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The Dry

A compelling whodunnit that takes place in the farming town outside of Melbourne Australia during a long, hot draught. Agent Aaron Falk returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his best friend Luke and investigate the brutal murder of three family members. An unsolved crime involving Aaron and his high school friends years ago hangs over his every move. Flashbacks to Aaron’s youth are filled with images of when the river still flowed with fresh water over the now scorched landscape and the lingering question of whether the past crime does or does not connect to the current murders.

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A Gentleman in Moscow

A charming story of Russian aristocrat Count Alexander Rostov who is placed under house arrest in the Metropol grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Through the Counts eyes, we experience the beauty of his gilded cage and learn about several decades of Russian history as told by the members of the staff and the guests he encounters. Alexander's meeting with bright and bold nine year old Nina Kulikova has a lasting impact on the rest of his life in, and perhaps outside, of the hotel. This beautiful work of historical fiction entertains us while teaching about elements of Russian history that are lesser known to many Americans. It also gives the reader the gift of appreciating the wonder of the people who make up our day to day lives.

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

This was one of my favorite works of fiction this year because it was simultaneously endearing, funny, sad, disturbing and uplifting. Gail Honeymoon does a wonderful job developing every character that comes across Eleanor's socially awkward, lonesome yet relate-able path. Much more than a quirky romance, this is the story of turning away from false ideals and yet still seeing the magic of encountering truly good people. It's about getting out of our own minds and finding real connections with each other.

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