Better late than never by Jenn Mckinlay

Better Late Than Never (Library Lover's Mystery, #7)Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the more interesting plots by McKinlay. A twenty year late book is returned to bring attention to a cold case. The suspect list was deep and kept me guessing until late in the novel. Also the Sully -Lindsey -Robbie love triangle is also finally figured out. Let’s just say that was not the surprise in this novel. Worth the read.

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elenanor Park by Rainbow Rowell is a novel about two teenagers who feel out of place and alone until they meet each other. Over the course of a school year they come to realize how important they are to each other. Even though they both know that their love probably will not last they desperately hang onto the idea that … It is possible.

This book is devastatingly beautiful. Rowell really knows how to create characters you feel for, those you just want to have happy endings because they deserved it. But they never seem to get the happy ending you hope. Their ending is real, somewhat satisfying to the reader but always the characters come out better in the end. Read this book, but be warned emotional turmoil lies in these pages. Once you start this book you will not want to say goodbye, not even with those last three words.

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West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan

West of SunsetWest of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan is a fictional biography of the last three years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life. Early on we see Fitzgerald struggle to maintain hope and loyalty to Zelda as she struggles to maintain her sanity. All action in this novel revolves around Fitzgerald’s attempts to stay relevant, stay in love, and stay sober.

While I have read most of Fitzgerald’s work (Tender is the Night is my favorite of his novels), I have to admit that I knew little of his life. Reading biographies (even fictional ones) has been somewhat of a let down in the past so I tend to shy away. Knowing too much about my favorite authors can sometimes taint my view of their works that is why I was surprised at how enthralling I found West of Sunset. I felt as if I was there often dreaming of the characters after a long night of reading. Drunken fights, Hollywood stars, sorted affairs and stunning prose, this novel has it all. If you read one fictional biography this year, make West of Sunset the book.

I received this novel from the publisher to review. In no way did that influence the opinions expressed in this review.

 

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