Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Anne is a young mother who has lived through the suicide of both her parents. Then she receives a note making her think it wasn’t suicide at all. Were her parents really murdered? This book has many twists and turns, great secondary characters, and a plot that picks up speed as it goes, making it hard to put down. My only complaint is a bit of a glum final wrap up for the characters. Otherwise this might be the best novel by Mackintosh. A big Thank You to NetGalley for giving me an Advance Reading Copy.

Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth

This book really made me smile. It is one of those books that skips back and forth between the present day and the past. Each skip reveals more of the story between an Iowa farm girl and a young German POW who happens to be held close by, and who comes to help on her family farm. There are lots of geographical references that I happened to be familiar with: Clear Lake, Mason City, and the Grotto Of the Redemption are just a few. Really a quick, sweet read that anyone from the Midwest would especially enjoy.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

I read this in the Young Adult version for a book club I am in and it proved to be a good read and even better discussion. Just so you know, this is a non-fiction book, but it reads more like fiction. It centers around a group of University of Washington crew members who travel to the 1936 German Olympics.  A lot of the story is moved forward through the eyes of Joe, a young crew member who was abandoned by his family around age 15.  Joe is big and tough, and he manages to somehow use both brains and muscle to go to college. His determination and grit are incredible.  Match him up with a group of similar boys and you have magic. So, in closing, if you are looking for a story that will inspire both young and old, this might be it.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

It can be hard to like someone who is grumpy and bossy.  But with this novel, the old man Ove is more than he seems.  It might take work to get through the beginning of the novel, but it is worth it as we learn more and more about Ove and his past. Good or bad? Blessings or tragedy? What made him the way he is, and is he worth the effort? I would recommend this for book clubs.