The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: ‘The Idiot’ turns out to be a naive man embroiled in the fates of two beautiful women. His naiveté, pleasant manner and the heritage he eventually receives, turns him into an interesting subject on the marriage market. Two women compete for his love without him realizing. For a Russian author it is a fascinating read and the story moves along quickly. Just don’t hope for a happy end. It’s all rather tragic.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate: The fictional story about what has happened to the children in the state of Tennessee during the first half of the 20th century. The Tennessee Children’s Home was not your regular orphanage but rather a place were children were seen as commodity. Stolen from their parents, either plucked from the street or taken from their homes, they lived under outright gruesome conditions. Eventually the truth came out. But no one ever paid for this crime. The whole scandal involved too many high-ranking people. Heartbreaking book!
The Seamstress by Maria Duenas: The story of Sira starts off with an infatuation with the wrong man at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. It then leads her from Madrid to the Spanish enclave of Tetouan in Morocco and back to Madrid during WWII. I loved the use of historical figures as secondary characters; this gives the book more depth and accuracy and will let you learn a little about the Spanish position during this time. An excellent book, well written and full of interesting personalities.
If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I read this one in almost one go. Okay, maybe not in one go but in a couple of late nights. What is it with YA stories that they keep me so hooked? The story is predictable. Different writers have told it with only small variances. Nonetheless I wanted to go on reading and know what was happening. If my predictions came true. The drama of one life-changing mistake held me in its thrall.