Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Finds #8

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading! Great books this week :D Here are my top 3:


A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
It's 1906 and 16-year-old Mattie Gokey is at a crossroads in her life. She's escaped the overwhelming responsibilities of helping to run her father's brokedown farm in exchange for a paid summer job as a serving girl at a fancy hotel in the Adirondacks. She's saving as much of her salary as she can, but she's having trouble deciding how she's going to use the money at the end of the summer. Mattie's gift is for writing and she's been accepted to Barnard College in New York City, but she's held back by her sense of responsibility to her family--and by her budding romance with handsome-but-dull Royal Loomis. Royal awakens feelings in Mattie that she doesn't want to ignore, but she can't deny her passion for words and her desire to write.
At the hotel, Mattie gets caught up in the disappearance of a young couple who had gone out together in a rowboat. Mattie spoke with the young woman, Grace Brown, just before the fateful boating trip, when Grace gave her a packet of love letters and asked her to burn them. When Grace is found drowned, Mattie reads the letters and finds that she holds the key to unraveling the girl's death and her beau's mysterious disappearance. Grace Brown's story is a true one (it's the same story told in Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy and in the film adaptation, A Place in the Sun), and author Jennifer Donnelly masterfully interweaves the real-life story with Mattie's, making her seem even more real

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant

Undoing I Do by Anastasia Royal
Tobin hands me a letter.The words that shred me are: I am no longer in love with you.The world stops.Ten years ago, we stood before an altar and looked into each other's eyes. There was so much we didn't see...Undoing I Do is a poignant novel about the convergence of love and divorce. Claire McCloud, musician, artist, actress and eccentric free spirit, suddenly finds herself a single mom in the new traditional American family--the divorced couple with two children.Wild, hilarious, and unconventional, Claire never thought she would meet anyone who could domesticate her. She never imagined a man who could be her partner forever. But then came He Who Wears Scarves in Summer: a handsome German artist named Tobin Kleinherz.It's the 1980s, and he claims Claire's heart and soul at a hip gallery opening. After a whirlwind courtship, Tobin proposes and Claire amazes herself by accepting.Years later, after a beautiful wedding, two adorable children and countless adventures, Claire and Tobin come face to face with their marital demons.Claire moves from morning sickness to mourning sickness as she realizes her dashing Tobin is leaving, and she must face her future alone.After her marriage unravels, Claire revisits the crucial moments when love and dreams began to shatter and spiral out of control.

What about you guys? What were your friday finds this week? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

3 comments:

  1. Hi, Leslie!

    Undoing I do, sounds brilliant! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to look this one up.

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  2. I have A Northern Light on the book shelf. My daughter read it a few years and I remember that she like it. Undoing I do has my attention!

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  3. Great finds! I love the covers of all of them. They look great. :)

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