It’s April, and I really hope that some of you are finally experiencing warmer weather. They say April is the month that makes the promises May keeps. April brings us spring breaks, baseball, Easter and of course those famous showers that bring us May’s flowers. April also gives us some great chick lit books!
Never Say Goodbye by Susan Lewis – April 8, 2014. Josie Clark is struggling mother, working two jobs to help her taxi driver husband provide for their family. It hasn’t been easy, but Josie loves her children and would do anything for them. As her children approach adulthood and make decisions that Josie fears are bad for them, she struggles with what her role in their futures will be. Across town, Bel Monkton has a very different life, hers being one of luxury. Money doesn’t buy happiness, though. Bel is shattered by the death of her twin sister and unable to move on. Somehow, these women form an unlikely friendship that changes both their lives.
We’ll always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn – April 8, 2014. Jennifer Coburn is a popular chick lit author who has written a memoir about her European adventures with her daughter Katie. Over the course of eight years, Jennifer and Katie traveled to Europe four times and experienced the beauty and history of France, England, Italy, Spain, and Amsterdam. The book also deals with the grief of losing a parent (the author’s father), and Jennifer’s fears about her own mortality, which were the motivation for the mother-daughter trips. I should point out that the author is young, vibrant and healthy. This is a funny and heartfelt memoir.
The Collector by Nora Roberts – April 15, 2014. Nora Roberts is an expert at romance and mystery and her latest book is no exception. Lila is a writer who house-sits for her primary income. While living in her most recent temporary home, she witnesses a murder. Lila’s life spins out of control in the aftermath. The book is a throwback to the old Hitchcock movie, Rear Window. The murder victim’s brother, an artist, is determined to find out what happened to his brother and he needs Lila’s help. You can guess where that leads…
On the Rocks by Erin Duffy – April 22, 2014. I loved Duffy’s debut book, Bond Girl, about the life of a young female bond trader on Wall Street. This time around, Duffy is tackling the world of dating in the Facebook era. Abby is all set to marry her fiancé Ben when she gets notice, via Facebook, that he’s calling off their wedding. Abby’s heartbreak is compounded by all the social media commentary, so she escapes to Newport for the summer with her best friend. Unfortunately, with technology today, you can never really escape. Abby must contemplate the complicated world of dating, where a girl’s every slip-up is only a click away from being public knowledge! This sounds like fun, and I am so glad social media wasn’t around when I was dating.
The Last Time I Saw You by Eleanor Moran – April 22, 2014. Olivia Barrington gets a shocking phone call, telling her that Sally, her best friends from college, was killed in a car accident. Olivia’s grief is complicated, because their relationship had always involved serious ups and downs. Soon after Sally’s death, Olivia discovers that her friend had lots of secrets, one of them being a daughter named Olivia! Olivia begins to wonder if some secrets are best hidden.