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1943: The Sontag family has been sent to Crystal City, an internment camp in Texas, because Mr Sontag is suspected of being a Nazi sympathizer. The only thing that makes life bearable for 13- year-old Elise is her friendship with Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American girl whose family is also suspected of involvement with the enemy. Their friendship gives both girls a sense of belonging and they allow themselves to dream of the future once they are released. But when both of the families are repatriated to their homelands in secret trades for prisoners-of-war, the girls lose contact with each other. It is only years later that they find each other once again. This is a story speaks of love lost and found, hate, prejudice, and forgiveness. ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice
Anna arrived at 17 Swann Street as her last resort. Faced with an eating disorder, she meets other woman with similar illnesses and who, like Anna, are working towards their recoveries. This story is powerful and at times heartbreaking. Beautifully written and full of determination, strength, and honesty, this is a must-read by a very talented author. ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice
The author recounts the parallel stories of the men and women who were present in a Mississippi abortion clinic on the fateful day when a shooter opened fire. The novel is written in reverse time, starting with the aftermath of the shooting and winding back to the reason each of the people entered the clinic. This story is about women's rights, pro-life activism, and just how far a person felt he had to go to make his voice heard. Jodi Picoult at her best! ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice
To hold the title of Certified Wine Master, Kate must pass a rigorous exam. With only months to go before she takes the test the restaurant she was working at closes leaving her with no excuse not to go to her family's ancestral Burgundy winery and help her cousins with their fall wine harvest. Once there Kate helps clear the home's basement of mostly forgotten belongings. Deep in the cellar, Kate discovers a hidden room with a cot, resistance pamphlets, and a large stash of valuable wines hidden away during WW II. These discoveries, along with finding a long lost diary, reveals a great aunt she never knew existed. What was once a dark stain on the family name brings a better understanding as to what Kate really wants in her life. If you like Frances Mayes and Peter Mayle you will cherish Ann Mah ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice
Three women, facing major changes in their lives, have a chance meeting at a new retirement community where they are expected to live out their days. But instead of settling down, they decide to embark on new adventures by renting a villa in Italy for a season. The journey leads them to new friendships, long-forgotten interests, and a desire to live an Italian way of life. I loved this book! ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice