Patty Recommends

Gone Girl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307588364
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Published: Crown - June 5th, 2012

Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnThis is modern fiction at its best.  Edgy, dark razor-sharp characters and writing with a psycho twist.  Thebook starts a little slowly but all of the sudden, youdiscover you are on a roller coaster heading down a100 foot drop! Compelling - - you won't be able to put it down.  Warning: This is not a book for yourGrandmother.  

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345528674
Published: Delacorte Press - January 15th, 2013

One of my favorite historical novels of the last year, written from Anne Morrow Lindbergh's perspective.  We see what a strong, loyal, loving woman she was.  Anne grew up a shy young woman first thrown into fame as the wife of the world-famous Charles Lindbergh, then with the kidnapping and death of her first son.  Her strength and character were the guiding posts of her life, especially in her relationship with her husband.  This is an absolutely wonderful, fascinating novel - a must read!  -Patty

Backfire (An FBI Thriller #16) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780515153019
Published: Berkley - June 25th, 2013

For a quick, fast-paced summer read, you can't beat one of Coulter's FBI thrillers.  Married agents Savich and Sherlock travel to San Francisco to help investigate the shooting of their friend Judge Hunt.  So sit back, relax, and have some "brain candy". -Patty

Queen's Gambit: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476703060
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013

I love historical fiction, and this novel about Katherine Parr's life is a winner.  As the final wife of Henry VIII, one fo the most well known kings in English history, this novel explores theworld of power, intrigue, and danger (both political and especially religious) that Katherine was swept into when Henry saw her at court and decided to marry her.  Well-written and enjoyable.  -Patty

Above All Things Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399160585
Published: Amy Einhorn Books - February 12th, 2013

Much has been written about mountain climber George Mallory.  He was dashing, daring, and adventuresome.  What I really liked about this story were the thoughts and feelings of his wife Ruth.  Through her we learn how his expeditions affected her and their children.  Ruth stayed home not knowing if or when her husband would return, and managing to hold the family together with little money or resources.  When her husband was away, she rarely went out because she was constantly pestered by the media, neighbors, and even strangers for updates about George.  Even though we know how this book ends, it is well worth reading.  Beautifully written and very moving.  -Patty

The Orchardist: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062188519
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 5th, 2013

What makes a family?  Is it the sharing of common blood, or the affection of the heart?  In this well-written novel we meet lonely William Talmadge, an eastern Washington orchardist.  His quiet world changes as two pregnant sisters enter his life and he takes responsibility for not only the girls but their unborn babies also.  I loved the detail of Talmadge's life and work in the orchard.  A thoughtful, satisfying novel. -Patty

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345527264
Published: Ballantine Books - February 26th, 2013

I enjoyed traveling around the world with the "plucky" Nellie Bly.  At a period in time when women weren't allowed to do much on their own, Bly managed to set up and execute an adventuresome trip.  Traveling by ship, train, camel, or whatever, she followed the fictional route of Phileas Fogg (Jules Verne's fictional world traveler).  Unbeknownst to Nellie, another woman, Elizabeth Bisland, started her race around the world the same day as Nellie, but traveling west instead of east.  Which woman will win the race for the fastest trip around the world?  Read this book and find out.  Patty

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The Edge of the Earth: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451683677
Published: Atria Books - April 2nd, 2013

This novel about the isolation & loneliness of lighthouse keeping in the late 1890's is mesmerizing.  This is the story of how Mrs. Swann (Trudy) begins teaching  the four Crawley children in this remote location and then goes on to become a virtual self-taught marine biologist.  Brooding, haunting, with a mystery thrown in -- this is just one heck of a satisfying read.-Patty

The Fever Tree Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399158247
Published: Amy Einhorn Books - April 4th, 2013

The God of the Hive: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553590418
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Published: Bantam - August 9th, 2011