Books by the Pool

While on vacation in Arizona I took advantage of my free time and devoured books by the pool each day. A few friends had recommended some to me and once I dove into one, I found myself wanting to start up another as soon as I’d finished. The weather was absolutely beautiful and in between breaks of swimming, drinking margaritas and snacking on fresh fruit (with a few sweet potato fries thrown into the mix), I was able to finish most of the book on my list. 1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – I would categorize this as a historical romance. During WWII, the Nazis invade France and two sisters’ lives are followed, Isabelle who is a young rebel and wants to help stop the war, and Vianne, a mother whose husband is captured. You won’t be able to put this book down or stop crying. Also, it will give you a greater appreciation for women and their roles during WWII. 5 stars! 2. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – This story begins with an eighteen-year-old girl, Victoria, leaving foster care and having to fend for herself in the real world. Luckily, she learned about flowers and their meanings somewhere along the way. She ends up working for a flower shop and becoming quite successful… I won’t give away any more details though! 4 stars 3. The House in Amalfi by Elizabeth Adler  – Okay I’ll admit I have read this book once or twice already… but it is such an easy read and takes place on the Italian coast! Lamour, a recently widowed landscaper, who’s deceased husband she comes to find was cheating on her, moves to her father’s abandoned home on the Amalfi Coast. She resolves to start her life over again in this little house but runs into a few problems when she meets the neighbors who are trying to hide how her father died. 4 stars 4. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Finally! I have been wanting to read this for some time and everyone was right… it is a surprise ending! This is a psychological thriller following a Rachel, an alcoholic divorce who invents the lives of people she sees as she passes them on the train. She becomes involved in a murder case of a women who just happens to live a few doors down from her ex husband, his wife and child. Very Juicy… 5 stars!

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