The Fountains of Silence

THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE Written by Ruta Sepetys Published by Philomel Books, October 1, 2019 My star rating – 5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine….

Pan’s Labyrinth

PAN’S LABYRINTH: The Labyrinth of the Faun Written by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke Published by Katherine Tegen Books, July 2, 2019 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s…

Daisy Jones and The Six

DAISY JONES AND THE SIX Written by Taylor Jenkins Reid Published by Doubleday Canada, March 5th, 2019 My star rating – 5 stars! THE SYNOPSIS: Daisy Jones is a beautiful, broken girl growing up in L.A. with rich parents who barely know she exists. . . . But when she sings in a crowded, smoky…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ Written by Heather Morris Published by Harper, September 4, 2018 My star rating: 3.25 stars THE SYNOPSIS: This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity. In April…

Enchantée

ENCHANTÉE Written by Gita Trelease Published by Flatiron/Macmillan, February 5, 2019 My star rating – 4 stars THE SYNOPSIS: When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money…

The Librarian of Auschwitz

THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ Written by Antonio Iturbe Published by Henry Holt, October 20, 2017 My star rating – 2 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust….

Outlander

OUTLANDER Written by Diana Gabaldon Published by Anchor Canada, 2002 (First published in 1991) My star rating: 5 stars!! THE SYNOPSIS:           The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through…

TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2018!

It’s here, it’s here! The list is here! And let me tell you – this list was NOT easy to narrow down to just 10! I read so many amazing books this year and ended up with a list 20 books long that I needed to weed through. I ended up with a top 10…

The Shadow of the Wind

THE SHADOW OF THE WIND Written by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Published by Penguin books, January 25, 2005 My star rating: 5 stars THE SYNOPSIS: Barcelona, 1945 – just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he…