I really struck reading gold this month. This is a great time of year for new books to be released and there are still all the older ones to keep up with. Remember, every book is new until you read it.
THE BEE-KEEPER OF ALEPPO by Christy Lefteri takes first prize this month. Two Syrian refugees, a beekeeper and his recently blinded wife, slowly make their way to England with hopes of joining relatives from home. I am afraid if I say more I will give the plot away. I could not put this book down and it made me sad to have it end. Sometimes a really great book comes my way and this is certainly one to remember.
ELEANOR OLIPHONT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gale Honeyman is also a book to remember. Eleanor is socially awkward and always grumpy. She starts to come out of her shell when she develops a crush on a local musician and becomes friendly with the new IT guy at work. Raymond, the new IT guy helps her connect with her past and become willing to move into the future. Prepare to cry while reading this book but mostly they will be happy tears.
HE ELECTRIC HOTEL BY Dominik Smith a sweeping work of historical fiction from the New York Times–bestselling author Dominic Smith, The Electric Hotel is a spellbinding story of art and love. For more than thirty years, Claude Ballard has been living at the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel. A French pioneer of silent films who started out as a concession agent for the Lumière brothers, the inventors of cinema, Claude now spends his days foraging for mushrooms in the hills of Los Angeles and taking photographs of runaways and the striplings along Sunset Boulevard. But when a film history student comes to interview Claude about The Electric Hotel—the lost masterpiece that bankrupted him and ended the career of his muse, Sabine Montrose—the past comes surging back. In his run-down hotel suite, the ravages of the past are waiting to be excavated: celluloid fragments in desperate need of restoration, as well as Claude’s memories of the woman who inspired and beguiled him.
LITTLE COMFORT by Edwin Hill is the first book in what promises to be an exciting mystery series. Hester Thursby, a former librarian knows things and people still need to be found. In this first book she is asked to find a missing brother. The question is, why does this woman want to find her brother. Through twists and turns and several murders both past and present, the mystery is solved and you are left looking forward to the next book.