This was my Book of the Month Club pick for last month. I truly am at a loss for how to describe it. Except I know I gave it a 5 star rating on goodreads. I can't stop thinking about the characters. It isn't a thriller or a mystery, but more of a story about the lives of people and how we interact with each other. It makes you think about right and wrong. It is, in my opinion, worth the time to read. I think it may be a young adult novel...but there are some teen issues that may be a bit graphic depending on the age of the teen (abortion).
Summary from goodreads.com:
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
So, this week I traveled back in time to one of my favorite places!! I think this book needs no introduction or summary. I think just seeing that title gives most of us a warm happy feeling and brings back memories from childhood. Who didn't love Laura Ingalls? And Charles...and Mr. Edward! This week my book fair had some hardcover anniversary editions for sale and I just couldn't resist a good re-read of a classic. Love, love, love! :)
At the beginning of the week, I had picked a different book and I could not get into it no matter how hard I tried. So, I went back to my "to read" book shelf and pulled this one off. I read it in two days. Couldn't wait to get home today to finish the last 70 pages. I was clueless until the very end on where this ride was going. And it grabs you from page 1. Dead husband at the bottom of the stairs...girl on the run. Read it!
Summary from amazon.com:
“Lutz develops riveting suspense by slowly revealing the events that first sent Tanya/Amelia on the run, while pouring threats on her gritty heroine’s increasingly tenuous bids at survival. Binge-worthy fare, especially for those drawn to strong female protagonists” (Booklist, starred review).
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride!
In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it...
Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.
She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.
It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?
With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.
We have zero free weekends for awhile, so we decided to hitch up the camper and go to a campground that we somehow haven't been to since we got the big camper. I don't know how we've stayed away so long. It's quaint, never busy and has great trails to hike. We got a prime camp site this time. Our view was beautiful!
Somehow Rex hasn't had a turn to go camping in a LONG time either, so he got to escape for some one-on-one special treatment. He's worn out though and has slept since we got home! LOL!
Best part of weekend = NO cell signal!! :)
After breakfast on Saturday, we decided to head into town for the morning and go to a flea market. And...our timing was spot on!! We stumbled upon a town parade with tusk leading the parade!! How fun is that!?!
After exploring the town, we headed back to camp and took a good two hour nap!! Bliss!! We also got to enjoy a campfire that night. One of my favorite things is sitting around a campfire and talking.
Sunday morning after breakfast, we went on our hike...that darn near killed me and Rex! LOL!
This hiking trail starts out so easy and nice and the next thing you know, you are climbing a mountain and don't think you will ever make it to the top!
The views are gorgeous though!! And stopping for pictures helps you catch your breath and your heart to stop racing! LOL!
All in all, it was a most relaxing weekend with no technology!
Hopefully we can get one more weekend in before winter. :)
I think this is a light read that anyone can enjoy. And it honestly got me to thinking about society and some of the choices people are forced to make due to their circumstances. This book kind of reminded me of the feel of "A Man Called Ove"...if you enjoyed that book, I think you would like this one too.
Summary from Amazon.com:
Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.
When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.
Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.