The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
The novel starts slowly… but this book is beautifully plotted and morally astute. …
Aficionados of Downton Abbey and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will sigh with pleasure.
Cometh the Hour (Clifton Chronicles Series #6) by Jeffrey Archer
Archer (Mightier Than the Sword, 2015, etc.) has great good fun with the sixth volume of his Clifton Chronicles, this one covering the 1970s; his characters move from peril to peril, mostly financial or political, while occasionally straying into territory where bullets fly. … Archer spins out dialogue that's spot-on, judging by Downton Abbey or Call the Midwife, and his settings will inspire thoughts about the cost of tickets to London. Another artful Archer telenovela, readable as a stand-alone family drama but more a treat for those captured by the series.
Journey to Munich (Maisie Dobbs Series #12) by Jacqueline Winspear
“Paints a keen picture of a woman and a country struggling to remain calm in the face of sweeping changes.... Deftly blending historical detail with taut suspense and her usual thoughtful exploration of Maisie’s inner life, Winspear turns in another satisfying entry in her beloved series.”
A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold
“This book which can be tough to read in places is an important one. It helps us arrive at a new understanding of how Columbine happened and, in the process, may help avert other tragedies.” Rated: A.
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
This story of first-world problems proves to be an enjoyable comedy of manners as Sweeney artfully skewers family dynamics, the publishing world and New York society at large…[A] lively first novel.