It was a great month for books! Since my husband was in the hospital nearly three weeks, I had A LOT of reading time on my hand. I had a bit of a Communist theme with A Gentleman in Moscow and Next Year in Havana. There was a bit of family drama with A Place for Us. As always a little bit of love in The Royal Runaway, PS from Paris and One Day in December. I have to say I enjoyed reading this month!
A good friend of my recommended this book to me as one of her favorite books of all times. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical at first. I wasn’t sure that it was going to be my cup of tea. However, I loved it! The premise is that in 1922 Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow. Instead of letting this sentence dampen his spirits, he make the most of this unusual opportunity. Through the four walls of the hotel, he is able create quite a full life for himself. I loved the characters in this book. They were witty, insightful and loveable and the story kept my attention until the end. I have to put this with one of the best books that I have read this year.
Marisol travels to Havana after the death of her grandmother in order to scatter her grandmother, Elisa’s ashes in Cuba. This story goes back and forth, telling both Elisa’s story from 1958 and Marisol’s modern story as she travels to Cuba for the first time. I loved learning the story of Cuba as Castro begins to over throw the current regime. I also enjoyed learning more about what Cuba is like today. I found the story and the characters fascinating. I couldn’t wait for the story to unfold. This book would also be on my must read list.
A Place for Us is the first book under Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint. It was my book club’s pick for this month. It is a story of the prodigal son coming home for his big sister’s traditional Indian wedding. This book is starts at the beginning with the arranged marriage of parents Rafiq and Layla. The story unfolds with each character sharing their perspective. This book moves from the distant past to the present then back again a little to much for me. I love the different voices but the writing was a little to stream of consciousness for my liking. With that said, it was a great story with enduring characters.
Princess Theodora is the most beloved princess in the world until she is jilted on her wedding day. After, spending three months in exile trying to mend her broken heart (and salvage her dignity), she comes back to her homeland to resume her duties as the perfect princess. Enter the sexy Scot, Nick who makes friends with the princess under false pretenses. It turns out that Nick is a British spy and the brother of Theodora’s fiancé. Believing that her fiancé was possibly kidnapped, the two enter a quest to find out what really happened on her wedding day. This was a fun easy read and just what the doctor ordered this month for me.
This is a sweet love story about a girl named Laurie. Laurie is riding the bus home one day in December when she spots a man that she is sure is the love of her life. Unfortunately, the bus pulls away before either party could act on this life changing moment. Laurie then spends the next year looking for “bus guy” only to be introduced to him by her best friend…as her new boyfriend. There is a wonderful love story that follows between these three friends. It follows the characters through heartbreak, love found, missed opportunities and literal life changing moments. This is a really moving love story! I loved it!
Clearly I needed a little love and happiness in my life this month since I loaded up on romances. This book was also a love story staring a famous actress hiding in Paris because she finds that her equally famous husband is having an affair. The guy in the story is a bestselling author who is about to embark on a life changing adventure of his own. The two meet by “mistake” and enter a wonderful friendship that seems to fill the void in their lives. I love reading books set in Paris. In this book, the City of Lights becomes another character. This book was fun, easy to read and everything that you want in a romance.