We Recommend…Starting Now by Debbie Macomber

Starting-NowStarting Now: A Blossom Street Novel By Debbie Macomber
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Welcome back to Blossom Street, or welcome for the first time. Many of the characters are new, but a few old friends and locations are revisited. When Libby Morgan is let go from her job as a top lawyer instead of receiving the partnership she had anticipated, she starts to learn what is really important in her life, or does she? The story takes some unexpected turns, but everything is ‘knit’ together well in the end.

Fans of Debbie Macomber will also want to watch for the Cedar Cove TV series beginning in July, and her novel Rose Harbor in Bloom coming in August. Want to read the Cedar Cove series before the television series starts? Click here for a list of her Cedar Cove books at your local public library.

Fantastic Fiction has a complete list of all of Debbie Macomber’s books, in series order.

We Recommend…The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

StorytellerThe Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
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Jodi Picoult always writes about a particular social issue and “The Storyteller” is no exception. Sage Singer, a young woman from a Jewish family, befriends a 95 year old German man. He only reveals his past to Sage after asking her to forgive him and then to kill him for his sins. When she discovers how his story connects with her beloved grandmother’s story she is sent on a path of discovery to determine if she can forgive something so evil and if many years of good behavior can redeem one’s sins. This is a powerfully thoughtful look at these questions and definitely worth reading.

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We Recommend…Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner

Touch-&-Go1Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner
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Lisa Gardner has again taken a family to the edge in her newest thriller “Touch & Go”. Imagine a handsome and wealthy husband running his family’s large construction company. He has a beautiful wife and a 15 year old daughter. Now imagine the family is falling apart when the husband’s infidelity is discovered by his wife. Then imagine the whole family is kidnapped from their Boston home and there are no clues for the police to follow. This is definitely one of those books that is hard to put down as we read chapters that jump from the point of view of the kidnapped wife, to the detectives who are desperately searching to find them. The ending is a real shocker!

We Recommend…The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer

The Fifth Assassin

The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
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Brad Meltzer is a multi-talented guy — both a writer and now a TV host on The History Channel. His newest thriller, The Fifth Assassin, mixes suspense with history.

Someone is re-creating the assassinations of four previous presidents, using methods, places, and times to do so. It is up to Beecher White to figure out what is going on and stop the attempt on the life of the sitting president, even though everyone seems to be stopping him, suspecting him, and foiling his every turn. A great read for anyone interested in history OR for mystery fans.

We Recommend…The Forgotten by David Baldacci

The Forgotten

The Forgotten by David Baldacci
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In The Forgotten, David Baldacci once again brings us Army Special Agent John Puller. His aunt writes John a letter telling him about the mysterious goings-on in Paradise, Florida. When John arrives he discovers his aunt is dead but because of the letter John embarks on his own investigation. As John follows the vague clues left behind he discovers that there are definitely mysterious goings-on in Paradise, people aren’t who they seem, and he must risk his life in order to finally untangle it all.

Want more John Puller? Meet him for the first time in Zero Day.

We Recommend…Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton

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Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
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Imagine a fire and a mother who runs into the burning building to rescue her daughter. Then imagine both in the hospital unconscious, meeting as spirits and able to follow everyone from family to those they suspect of starting this fire. As the book continues, the plot thickens until the very end when the perpetrator is finally revealed. Of course, we don’t want to give too much away so we’ll stop there, but it’s a psychological novel that we think Jodi Picoult fans will really enjoy!

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We Recommend…Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before YouIf you’re looking for a contemporary love story to tug on those heartstrings, look no further than Jojo Moyes’ amazing novel Me Before You. Our protagonist is Lou Clark — she’s just lost her job and instead of the pole dancing option given to her by her job counselor, she decides to sign on as a caregiver. Her new daily companion, Will, isn’t the most pleasant of men, but he has his reasons for not being excited about his life. As Lou tries to make the best of her situation, she and Will become friends. The more she learns the more she wants to prove to Will that life can be good no matter what your circumstances. Moyes’ also provides us with points of view from Will’s mother, Lou’s sister, and other characters to give a complete picture of the events throughout the book. A fantastic read from start to finish.

Loved it or hated it — be sure to tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

We Recommend…Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
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Lena lives in a world where love is a disease and everyone over 18 is cured. But when Lena meets a boy and feels the first hint of love, her world is turned upside down. Lena starts putting the pieces together about the love disease and her mother’s disappearance from her life. The world-building in Delirium is fantastic and you’ll want to learn about the society that decides love is a bad thing.

This is the first of a trilogy and the second book, Pandemonium, doesn’t disappoint. There are also several short stories that give you a different perspective of the world Oliver builds and the third in the series, Requiem, is scheduled to be released in March 2013.

Considering all of the individual stories that take place over the course of the trilogy, it’s no surprise that there’s interest in adapting this series into a TV show.

Series Order:

  • Delirium (#1)
  • Hana” (#1.5) — See events of Delirium from Hana’s perspective — Lena’s best friend — in this short story
  • Pandemonium (#2)
  • Annabel” (#0.5) — A short story about Lena’s mother — chronologically, the events happen before Delirium and Pandemonium, but best read after the events of Pandemonium.
  • “Raven” (#2.5) — Scheduled release date: March 2013
  • Requiem (#3) — Scheduled release date: March 2013

We Recommend…Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

When we first meet Alex, he’s a jerky little kid, by the end he’s a MAN. But when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts and destroys your home, your town, and makes it nearly impossible for you to find your family, one realizes it’s time to grow up.

After losing everything, Alex sets out to find his family and he begins by skiing across the ash. On his trek across Iowa into Illinois, he sees the worst of people and attempts to stay true to himself. However, Alex quickly learns that when the world is nearly destroyed, you’ve got to make some serious changes about how you deal with others. While attempting to find his family, Alex meets Darla. Darla is such a contrast to Alex’s “city-boy” — Darla is one very tough young woman who knows about hard work and dedication. As the story continues, Alex and Darla face increasingly difficult challenges, but still manage to survive in this world gone wrong.

A great read about trust, teamwork and the strength we find in ourselves when we need it most. If you’re a fan of survival stories, definitely read this book and check out the follow-up, Ashen Winter.

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We Recommend…Phantom by Jo Nesbø

Phantom by Jo Nesbø
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For those who have been following the Harry Hole mysteries by Jo Nesbø, his newest book, Phantom, is a real shocker.

Harry returns to Oslo when his ex-girlfriend’s son, Oleg, is arrested for murder. Oleg went off the tracks in the years since Rakel broke it off with Harry after she and Oleg were held hostage by a serial killer Harry was hunting.  Now, Oleg is a junkie and sells a new drug on the streets of Oslo called “violin”. Oleg works for a person everyone calls Dubai, but very few have seen. As Harry delves into the drug scene hunting for Dubai and working to clear Oleg, he is targeted and experiences many close calls along the way. If you’ve read the previous five novels you will definitely want to read Phantom.

Missed a couple of books in the series? 

  1. The Bat (not yet published in the United States)
  2. The Redbreast
  3. Nemesis
  4. The Devil’s Star
  5. The Redeemer (not available in the United States)
  6. The Snowman
  7. The Leopard
  8. Phantom