February’s book list
The Last Romantics by Tara Cankins.
Out of Easy by Ruta Septys
The Widow of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massy
Educated by Tara Westover
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende – I enjoyed this book about three different people who are brought together during a snow storm in Brooklyn. It delves into the characters backstories: Guatemala in the recent past and 1970’s in Chile and Brazil. I felt the these stories were very powerful and didn’t quite gel with the present day story holding the three characters together. This felt farcical and distractingly. The prose and characters are well written and I’d give a 3.5 star rating.
Always forever Maybe by Anica Mrosa Rissi – I loved that this book is bringing the topic of emotional and physical abuse up for discussion. It’s important that the signs are recognized in their early stages. I was a little disappointed that Aiden was such a stereotype especially giving him a motorbike. The ending left me flat and was a little predictable. I wanted more. 3-stars.
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Septys – Loved the book right up until there was an eighteen year gap. I was so involved with the characters that I hated missing such a huge gap. I get why there was, given the storyline, but still felt a little disappointed. Nevertheless Ruta Sepetys is an amazing writing and I would recommend this book. I gave this book 4 stars.