December Book Review Wrap Up


So many books, so little time! I am an avid reader and love to share recommendations with fellow readers. My choice in books tend to vary by my mood but some of my favorites are mystery, suspense, and thriller. Check back each month for new reviews. I would love your recommendations so please drop them in the comments!


This page contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission for purchases made through these links.


A Bend in the Stars – Rachel Barenbaum

Synopsis: Set in Russia in 1914 and the solar eclipse, A Bend in the Stars tells the story of Miri Abramov and her brother, Vanya. War is looming in Germany and life under the Czar, in Russia, for the Jewish people is becoming increasingly difficult. Faced with an impossible choice, they make a place to escape, along with Miri’s fiance, Vanya.

But before they can act, war breaks out, separating the family. Miri is forced to take on a dangerous journey in order to reunited with her brother and fiance, who are seeking out an American scientist who is capturing the eclipse.

This book is beautifully written. I found myself engrossed from beginning to end. I found myself reading more slowly in order the savor it. The story is action-packed from beginning to end. Miri is a fascinating and relatable character, overcoming incredible odds to pursue her passion for medicine. The plight of Russian Jews is sensitively and accurately depicted. I highly recommend this book.

Join our mailing list

Receive free reading journal templates as our thank you to you! You’ll also receive notices of new blog posts so you never miss an update.


Oliver Loving: A Novel – Stefan Merrill Block

Synopsis: A story of grief and love, Oliver Loving tells the story of a Texas town shattered by tragedy, leaving young Oliver in a coma for ten years. The story explores the effects of the event on Oliver’s family as each tries to cope with what happened to him as well as an unrequited love interest, Rebekkah Sterling. The family is given new hope for Oliver’s recovery thanks to new tests. But this also serves to bring back the pain of the past.

Beautifully written prose tell an incredibly emotional story that really captures the reader. The exploration of how each family member, Oliver’s father, mother, and brother, has managed to cope with this life altering tragedy makes this a compelling read.

Advertisements

The Keeper of Lost Things – Ruth Hogan

Synopsis: After losing a keepsake from his fiance forty years ago, Anthony Peardew becomes a keeper of lost things. He picks up the lost, the misplaced, the dropped and seeks to return them to their owners. At the end of his life, he bequeaths this mission to his assistant Laura, along with his house.

Lonely and recovering from a divorce, Laura moves into the mansion and discovers new friends in her neighbor’s daughter, Sunshine, and a gardener, Freddy. Both assist her in honoring Anthony’s mission: returning lost items to their owners.

This is a warm and witty read that had me laughing out loud in parts. The story has just enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. The back story of a character named Eunice was artfully threaded through the narrative. It’s wonderfully engaging read.

Advertisements

The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

Synopsis: Told from the perspective of Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah, The Red Tent is a re-imagining of biblical story of the tribe of Jacob. Dinah tells of life in her father’s camp and growing up under the watchful eye of her mother and the other women in the camp, her coming of age and joining the sisterhood of the red tent. It is a story of love, loss, and overcoming difficult circumstances as Dinah passes from childhood to adulthood.

This is a book I pull out to re-read at this time every year. A character who is barely a footnote in biblical text to brought to life. Anita Diamant’s story of the women in Jacob’s tribe, their sisterhood, and support of each other is wonderfully captivating. This story is a wonderfully familiar old friend.


Join our mailing list

Receive free reading journal templates as our thank you to you! You’ll also receive notices of new blog posts so you never miss an update.

More for Your TBR Pile

March Book Review Wrap Up

So many books, so little time! I am an avid reader and love to share recommendations with fellow readers. My choice in books tend to vary by my mood but some of my favorites are mystery, suspense, thriller, and humor. Get my reviews direct to your inbox every Wednesday and check back here for monthly […]

April Book Review Wrap Up

So many books, so little time! I am an avid reader and love to share recommendations with fellow readers. My choice in books tend to vary by my mood but some of my favorites are mystery, suspense, thriller, and humor. Get my reviews direct to your inbox every Wednesday and check back here for monthly […]

May Book Review Wrap Up

So many books, so little time! I am an avid reader and love to share recommendations with fellow readers. My choice in books tend to vary by my mood but some of my favorites are mystery, suspense, thriller, and humor. Get my reviews direct to your inbox every Wednesday and check back here for monthly […]

More From the Blog

[Book Review] Anarchy and Other Lies by Jesse McKinnell
Click the image to find it on Amazon By Jesse McKinnell Jake Anderson is a silverware designer turned vigilante, albeit a reluctant one, living on the fringes of a dying society. Fresh food has become scarce and, what is available, is under ration by the government. Jake finds himself infatuated with Sam. But he soon …
[Book Review] Rags of Time: A Thrilling Historical Murder Mystery set in London on the eve of the English Civil War by Michael Ward
Click the image to find it on Amazon By Michael Ward Thomas Tallant returns to England, from India, to find his country mired in turmoil. Conflict between King George I and Parlement is threating to boil over into civil war. But when a rival spice merchant is found brutally murdered, Thomas finds himself at the …
An Interview with Author PD Alleva
PD Alleva is an alternative fiction author. His novels cross genres, blending mystery, conspiracy, psychology, and action with horror and dystopian science fiction. Alternative fiction is PD's attempt at describing what readers uncover in any one of his books, a new discovery towards mainstream storytelling. He's been writing since childhood, creating and developing stories with …
Short Story Contest – Win A Guest Post
About the Contest Each month the site hosts a short story contest. It’s a unique contest because each month, participants are challenged to craft a short story based on a visual writing prompt. Selected entries receive a feature guest post here on the site. There is no fee for entry but donations are appreciated. Contest …

13 Comments on “December Book Review Wrap Up”

  1. Thanks so much for these book recommendations! I’ll have to see if my library has them and place holds. They look like excellent, intriguing choices.

  2. What a great list! I haven’t read much lately so I need to check these out! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. That’s a pretty great looking list.
    I really need to get back into reading. Maybe I can start with one of these books!

  4. I love reading and have to say that I loved all your suggestions! I’ll definitely put some of them in my Christmas gift list for myself! Lol

  5. This is such a good list. It steers clear of fantasy and sappy romance which are not usually my cup of tea. The stories seem deep and intriguing. Good ideas for my 2020 TBR pile.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: