Great Books I’ve Been Reading Lately

I’m sitting here in front of the fireplace with Charlie. I don’t think I’ll go out at all today. It’s cold and I’d rather stay home and enjoy the Christmas tree lights.

I’ve been reading some great books lately. I just finished “All The Forgivenesses” by Elizabeth Hardinger.

Before that I read “Confessions On The 7:45” by Lisa Unger.

Now I’m reading “When We Believed In Mermaids” by Barbara O’Neal.

Below are their summaries.

All The Forgivenesses:

Fifteen-year-old Albertina “Bertie” Winslow has learned a lot from her mama, Polly. She knows how to lance a boil, make a pie crust, butcher a pig, and tend to every chore that needs doing.

When Polly succumbs to a long illness, Bertie takes on responsibility for her four younger siblings and their unreliable daddy. Yet no matter how hard she tries to hold the family together, the task is overwhelming.

Bertie makes the only choice she can. She agrees to break up the family for its own survival. She keeps the girls with her, sending the twin boys off to live with their grown brother and his wife.

Ever pragmatic, Bertie marries young, grateful to find a husband willing to take on the care of her sisters.

When We Believed In Mermaids:

Last night I began to read “When We Believed In Mermaids” by Barbara O’Neal.

Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news.

Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world.

Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable.

After arriving in New Zealand to search for her sister, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.

Confessions On The 7:45:

Before that I read “Confessions On The 7:45” by Lisa Unger.

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy.

The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny.

When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

But days later, Selena’s nanny disappears.

Soon Selena finds her once-perfect life upended. As she is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover.

Have you been reading any good books lately?



  1. Your trees around the fireplace look magical, Brenda! You have such a knack for cozy, warm decor. I love it. And no, I haven’t read anything good lately, but all three of those books sound intriguing. My daughter is an avid reader and has been exploring the classics lately…so I bought her Jane Eyre to put under the tree. I’ve never read it, but the movie was on TCM the other night and it was good. 😉

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your tree, and all of the little surrounding trees. I would not go out either if I had such a cosy looking space. I forgot about your fireplace, it looks like the perfect place to spend an afternoon reading.
    I love hearing about your book suggestionsI I have the mermaid book on my kindle, have not read it yet. Did you enjoy it?
    Have a wonderful week.

  3. I just finished the newest Louise Penny book: “All the Devils are Here”. I wonder if you have read her books? The books all feature Chief Inspector Gamache and are set in a lovely village south of Montreal near the Vermont border., and focus on Gamache, his family and the people in his village There are 16 books in the series and I have loved reading them in order!

  4. The book about them meeting on the train sounds so good. What do you do with your books after you read them? Love the cozy picture.

  5. I recently finished one that you had recommended called The Last Flight. It was really good! Page turner for sure. I read it in one night!

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