As usual, we are back with our top book choices of the week so you don’t have to wade through everything that has been published in the last little while. This week features a lot of lighter fare which is perfect for the beach or lounging by the pool. The New York Times Best Selling author Jennifer Weiner has her latest out which is sure to be a summer hit, along with a novel that delves into the complexities of relationships and friendships and a European mystery about an impressive inheritance.
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Known for books the books In Her Shoes and Who Do You Love Weiner has decided to take on the much heavier subject matter then she typically does in her novels. This particular novel focuses on two sisters: Jo and Bethie Kaufman. The novel follows their lives through the 1950s and the Vietnam war and finds each sister trying to find their place in the world as strong women. Bethie leads a wild life where she lives for the moment and Jo leads the white picket fence life with the nuclear family. This novel really puts a focus on how women were expected to act societally and how that tended to contradict how they actually wanted to live their lives. Weiner definitely flexes her storytelling muscles.
Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
For anyone who enjoyed The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins then this is the book that should be next on your reading list. This mystery by Rhys follows Eve Forrester from her quiet life in London in 1948 to the French Riviera where she has inherited a villa from an unknown source. As the novel progresses, the reader will find themselves wondering why this magnificent villa surrounded by the creme de la creme of society has been left to Eve. Like any great mystery, the secrets that have remained hidden all begin to unravel which makes this a book that will be impossible to put down.
The First Mistake by Sandie Jones
This novel by Jones who has also penned the wildly successful The Other Woman decided to delve into the world of marital bliss. Or at least that is how it appears on the outside. In reality, this novel appears to focus on Alice, her husband Nathan, and her best friend Beth. But not all is what it seems and while Beth may appear to be the uber-supportive friend every person needs it might be that the marital problems that she has been having with Nathan are due to a not so outside source. This is not a simple story of betrayal but one which will have readers puzzled and trying to figure out just what exactly the dynamic is between all three characters.