The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory

virginsA disappointing read with unbelievable historical characters. The story of Elizabeth and Dudley is a fascinating one with plenty of untruth and rumors. It should have been an interesting story. Instead I wanted to strangle all the main characters. Elizabeth was a spineless person who couldn’t do anything without Robert Dudley which I couldn’t believe. I know Robert Dudley was ambitious, but he felt for too grasping to be believable. Amy was a saint in her suffering and I really wanted to slap some sense into her. Get over Robert! He doesn’t love you! I disliked how Cecil had no faith in Elizabeth. I would have expected better from him.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

songaEntirely engrossing–I was so caught up with the story of gods and mortals, and it was told in an easygoing style. Filled with action and storytelling, a wonderful book. Cherry Hill Library patron DF

The Beast by Faye Kellerman

beastI surprised myself by enjoying the mystery of it. Quite well-written, as are all of her books. Cherry Hill Library patron DF

Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Carrell

interredbA wonderful book–exciting adventure that tries to show the fascination with whether William Shakespeare actually wrote the works attributed to him. Cherry Hill Library patron DF

A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman by Joan Anderson

yearseaIf this book wasn’t a quick read for my book club I wouldn’t have chosen to read it. I don’t know how many of us wanting to separate from our husbands have the opportunity to spend a year finding ourselves in a cottage by the Cape. Joan’s life changes as she begins to live by the tides of time, swims with the seals, and works as a clam digger. In the end she embraces her husband as they reinstate a better relationship as changed people. Cherry Hill Library patron CM

Run by Ann Patchett

runAs the mother of an adopted child I found this story farfetched. The story deals with domestic adoption as one of its main themes. Doyle is left to raise Tip and Teddy–the adopted boys–after his wife Bernadette dies. The biological mother has been watching the boys from afar for many years. Their lives all come together when an accident occurs and so begins the story that I wouldn’t recommend. Cherry Hill Library patron CM

Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

kaneabelThe lives of Kane and Abel both began on the same day. Kane was born into a life of wealth while Abel was born in poverty. Their lives will cross as they each strive to reach success and subsequently become enemies. A page turner and a great summer read. Cherry Hill Library patron CM

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