I LOVE to read, getting lost in a good book is such a dreamy way to spend time. I am busy...very busy...with three kids (who live on soccer fields), work, and everyday life stuff, my world leaves little space for personal downtime. I am lucky and have a very supportive, helpful husband who understands my need for "me time". Mostly because he knows when I am overloaded I am not pleasant to be around! It is the TRUTH! So...I have been reading a bit more lately and am loving rediscovering new stories and characters. I recently finished two books that I absolutely got lost in. Oh...shout out to Reese Witherspoon's book club "Hello Sunshine!" Both of these stunners were Reese's recommendations...follow them on insta for monthly picks! @reesesbookclub
First up "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens
Set in late 60's North Carolina swamp country, this masterful character driven story opens up with a young man found dead, and plenty of intrigue. The REAL story is told through Kya, referred to as "swamp girl" by closed-minded locals. Sensitive and intelligent she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home. Kya comes to open herself up to a new way of life - until the unthinkable happens. I did not want this story to end!!!! Murder, coming of age, nature, and community all come together to create this Beautiful tale. Also, I recommended this one to my Mother in Law and it made it as a PICK for her monthly Book Club! My husband is continually annoyed his recommendations have not made it as one of the lady's picks! I WIN!!!!
Next up is "The Secrets We Kept" by Lara Prescott
I LOVE mystery, political intrique and SPIES! This tale takes place at the height of the Cold War, two stories unfolding simultaneously, both in Russia and the USA. Women are the real heart of the story, untold heroes really. I learned so much from the book about the period being explored. Women had such an integral part in the "War." These women who were looked at as low level secretaries to outsiders, were secretly bad ass spies! The two stories are expertly weaved together all driven by the controversial publishing of the book "Dr. Zhivago." I had no idea how deeply art, poetry and novels drove the propaganda machine both abroad and in the USA! This tome is a page turner from start to finish! Finally, anyone who knows me is aware of my love for fur (fake of course!) The stunning descriptions of the fashion of the time is delicious. Furs, hats, velvet dresses, and dark red lipstick! The author does a wondrous job of making you feel as if you ARE in a fancy hotel bar, dressed to the nines, sipping a dry martini, ready to get your SPY on!
What are you reading? I would love it if you guys left any recommendations in the comments!! ENJOY!!!