For Christmas, my sister, Natalie, got me an excellent gift! She got me credits for the Book of the Month (BOTM) where you get to choose up to three books a month. Honestly, it is a great way to shop! Books are picked for you monthly.
*MAJOR SPOILER ALERT*
Let’s start with the one I read first, Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich. This one started out a little strange and suspenseful at first. It is about a young girl, Cedar, who ends up being pregnant in a world that is supposed to be coming to an end or beginning, they are unsure what is happening. All the pregnant women are taken away, and the births are getting harder to have. The babies are more significant, walking, talking, and growing up faster. Most of the mothers die during childbirth, if they don’t die, then the baby dies. Cedar knows she is adopted, but finds her birth family and ends up being close to them throughout this ending of the world catastrophe. Towards the end of the book, Cedar finds out that her adopted father is her actual father. Anyways, Cedar ends up being captured and taken to a hospital where they brainwash the girls with drugs, and they can’t escape. Her mother breaks her out, and her friend and in the end she ends up having her baby. Then, she dies. Needless to say, it was interesting and I read it in one day!
Next, I read The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Let me just tell you that this book was my favorite of the three! It was thrilling, full of twists, and captivating. There is this man, Richard who is apparently the star of the book in this. He grows on you and you learn to love him, then hate him, then feel sorry for him. In reality, he’s a screwed up creature. Nellie is the young girl whom he met on an airplane while he was still married to Vanessa. This novel jumps between the two women throughout the majority of the book. Vanessa is portrayed as a drunk who can’t keep a job and she is miserable over losing her husband to another women. Nellie, is a scared women who is afraid of her past because when she was in a sorority, she left the beach to confront her professor that she was pregnant with his child. When she did so, a young girl she was supposed to be in charge of drowned in the ocean while she was being initiated into the group of girls. She was taunted and threatened by the girl’s brother for years until she finally moved to New York. Vanessa was viewed as a drunk and obnoxious in Richard’s point of view, but they were madly in love when they met. (I don’t want to blow too much up, so I will get to the point here). Towards the end, you find out that Nellie and Vanessa are actually the same chick! Then Emma is introduced as to marry Richard and you get the feeling Vanessa/Nellie is trying to kill her the entire time!! Actually, she is trying to save her from Richard. Richard is an abusive, mind controlling pig-headed idiot. He killed Vanessa’s dog, made her believe she was the reason they couldn’t get pregnant, made her look like an abusive drunk, a liar, a coward, and useless. He tracked her everywhere she went and would punish her continually to scare her. Blah Blah, eventually Emma gets on board with Vanessa and they try to trap him. He is trying to choke Vanessa in the hallway of Emma’s apartment, and they call the police. He gets sent to a mental ward and begs to have Vanessa back. Clearly, she says no. The FINAL twist is that Emma needs to tell Vanessa how she knew Richard and why she was there in the first place. Well, the man that got Vanessa preggers in college was a married man; the night Vanessa went to confront him, she met his wife (whom she didn’t know about), and he had children (whom she didn’t know about). The wife got angry, they got divorced, and Vanessa got an abortion. The little girl who watched it all happen was Emma! She came to New York to ruin Vanessa’s life, but the joke was on Emma because Vanessa orchestrated their whole relationship because she was scared to leave Richard so she made it look like Emma was the better woman because she couldn’t leave Richard unless it was his idea. WHEW! It was twist after twist, and I will read that again one day!
Lastly, I finished reading As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner yesterday. It was very heartbreaking from beginning to end! This family of 6 turned into a family of 5 when the new born baby, Henry had passed away because he didn’t have a strong enough heart. That happened on the first page. Tragic. The mother changed, I mean what mother wouldn’t change after that event. They moved to Philadelphia to live with her husband, Thomas’s uncle. His uncle was a mortician and ran his business out of his home, which Thomas was supposed to take over eventually. Maggie is the middle child who falls head over heels for Jaimie across the street who is 9 years older than her… He gets drafted off to war (this is dated in 1915) and then her father has to end up enlisting. Evie is the oldest who is going to eventually go to medical school to be a doctor, when the Spanish flu had an outbreak and killed thousands and thousands of people. There were piles of bodies lining up at the doorstep with nowhere to be put. Children were orphaned and the orphanages were overfilling. The mother, Pauline, and Maggie were tending to the sick in a poor town when Maggie heard a baby crying. She didn’t even stop to realize and she grabbed the baby. She saw the mother was dead with the flu in her bed and a little girl was almost dead with it in the living room. Pauline tried to find out where she found the baby, but Maggie lied and said she did not know because she wanted to keep the baby. Willa, the youngest of 6 ended up getting the flu and the mother stayed in the room and wouldn’t let anyone in or out. So, of course she gets it. Sadly, Pauline dies…. The same night the uncle dies of unknown causes. The family decided to keep the baby, as their own since no-one claimed him. Several years later, Evie is in medical school and meets a patients husband and ends up marrying him. Maggie ends up marrying Jaimie after a failed engagement to another man. Willa becomes a singer in a bar. (I will save the significant twist for you to read).