Book Recommendations – Mamas

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – This historical fiction portrayal of the French resistance during World War II gave me a whole new perspective and appreciation for the otherwise ordinary people who fought back during a period fraught with suffering and consequence. The two sisters at the center of the novel face unthinkable choices and unthinkable suffering. Their stories are a testament to the strength and courage of the very real people after whom they are modeled.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton – While it’s marketed as a young adult novel, I think this novel has a very adult flavor. The combination of the magical realism that comes from a main character born with wings paired with the author’s gift for creating an immersive atmosphere makes this story about human love in its many forms impossible to put down.

In the Blood by Lisa Unger – College senior Lana takes a job babysitting a disturbed, though gifted, little boy. Suspense novels often feel artificial and predictable to me, but even after I figured out the twist, I was still chasing the ending to see how things would play out.

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Lexicon by Max Berry

Wool by Hugh Howey

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Escape by Carolyn Jessop

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris