The Absence of Evelyn and other books lately

I don’t know how it happened, but we are at the end of April. It’s crazy to think that we are practically five months into the year. Let’s not think about. Instead, let’s bury our noses in good books.

Books Lately

At the top of my books lately pile are these three novels, which are all very different but just might tempt you to read something new!

The Absence of Evelyn by Jackie Townsend

Not quite what I expected, this family drama revolves around newly divorced Rhonda and her adopted daughter, Olivia, who are both dealing with the fallout of Evelyn’s death. Rhonda mourns her sister’s passing, but what she really wrestles with is the secret of Olivia’s parentage. And, this secret drives the story. As Rhonda goes one way and Olivia another, discoveries are made. While this isn’t a thriller, there are plenty of questions.

This novel is part of the BookSparks April Reading Challenge and was sent to me for review.

At the top of my books lately pile are these three novels, which are all very different but just might tempt you to read something new!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I’ve always been fascinated by WWII, so I was eager to read The Nightingale, a tale of two French sisters faced with impossible decisions inside occupied France. It’s a beautiful story about loyalty and family. However, this book never gave me what I wanted. When I wanted romance, I got tragedy. When I wanted to read more about a situation, it was over too quickly and replaced with people and events I cared nothing about. There were some key plot points that felt a little too convenient, and I really wanted a few more details to make those events feel real. That being said, I would still recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction/WWII fiction.

I received this book for free from SheSpeaks.

At the top of my books lately pile are these three novels, which are all very different but just might tempt you to read something new!

The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn, Renee Ahdieh’s retelling of The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights quickly sucked me in with its romance, intrigue, and adventure. (Read my review here.) The sequel is just as good and kept me up until I finished it. I like that the characters are flawed, and the way characters struggled with loyalty versus revenge. Definitely a must read if you liked the first book.

What are you reading?

P.S. If you are looking for more book suggestions, don’t miss In Such Good Company and other books lately.

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10 comments

  1. Oh, I loved The Nightingale! I guess I started reading it without any expectations. I didn’t even read the description or any review before I picked it up. (Honestly, I grabbed it off the bookstore shelf because of the cover design) I’m going to have to check out these other books!