- One has a character named Lily Bloom. Yes, that’s her name.
- Amos Decker remembers everything. Even minor details.
- Fixer Upper’s couple tell their own story!
- A mother that doesn’t like some of her children.
- Another mother takes a baby that washes ashore in a boat.
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
(This part is a little perplexing to me. How many teenagers could smuggle someone into their bedroom every night, talk to them, sleep, and then get that person back out in the morning without being found?)
The Last Mile by David Baldacci
So, here’s my feeling about this one:
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
Walter and Rosanna have 6 children and the chapters progressing through time tell a story about how each child grows and up and moves away or stays on the farm. Frank, the oldest, is a mischievous boy that never follows rules and this carries him into high school, college, and eventually fighting in WWII. Joe, the second boy, is calmer and almost dainty, and eventually, learns to make farming work as he develops cross-bred seeds that produce more. Lillian, a beautiful girl, loves her teacher and wants to just stay and help her, but eventually must also go to high school away from the farm. Her story is poignant because in the time period of this book women didn’t have a lot of options. The youngest two children, Henry and Claire, don’t factor in a large way of the story (yet), but here’s another interesting thing about the book.
The mom, Rosanna, feels differently about all her children. She actually doesn’t care for a couple of them- especially Claire. Claire becomes the favorite of Walter. There is another daughter that dies a tragic death at a very young age. This is book one in a series and the ending will make you want to get the second book!
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Until one day a boat washes up on their beach and they find inside it a dead man and a tiny baby.
Isabella wants to keep the baby and Tom, against his good judgment, does not report the incident. They name the baby Lucy and raise her as their own. All is perfect until they visit their hometown on a shore leave and meet the baby’s real mother.
The events this sets in motion are heartbreaking for Isabella and the real mother, Hannah, for Tom, and eventually for Lucy.
Keep on reading!