Monday always seems to come around too quickly, doesn’t it? Thankfully, that means we are back, too, and we’re bringing with us three great books for you to read this week. If you’re unsure about what book to pick up next, hopefully this list will help you choose!
This week, our Hot Pick is the novel on the tip of everybody’s tongue is Ghosted by Rosie Walsh, our Beach Read is The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting, and our Dark Horse, one you might not have added to your reading list but should, is The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton.
Our Hot Pick:
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
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Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.
When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.
Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened–there must be an explanation.
Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.
Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty is a huge back of this instant NYT Bestseller, saying “I absolutely loved this book and didn’t want it to end.” USA Today called it “an ‘accidentally stayed up until 4 a.m. because it’s impossible to put down’ kind of novel.”
We loved the mix of excitement, romance, and mystery, and the fact that this book brings a whole new dimension to the feeling of being ‘ghosted,’ which, as we all know, is highly #relateable.
Our Beach Read:
The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
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Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.
Ethan wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.
Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let Ethan in, though, she finds out their reunion might have nothing to do with love and everything to do with improving his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he’ll do anything to keep from losing her again.
We absolutely loved this adorable romantic comedy, and we aren’t the only ones! Publishers Weekly is raving about it, saying “Hunting sparkles in this well-plotted contemporary about a struggling and superstitious hockey player, his devastated ex-lover, and the hope and joy of second chances.”
They also point out something we loved about the book, which is the attention Hunting gives and fun she has with her secondary characters. “Lively supporting characters, including Lilah’s sassy sister, Carmen, add fun to the mix. Readers will hope for a return to Forest Lake.” You’ll be falling just as hard for her characters as you will for her eye-catching cover perfect for the modern day rom-com fan.
Our Dark Horse:
The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton
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Tim Winton is Australia’s most decorated and beloved novelist. Short-listed twice for the Booker Prize and the winner of a record four Miles Franklin Literary Awards for Best Australian Novel, he has a gift for language virtually unrivaled among writers in English. His work is both tough and tender, primordial and new―always revealing the raw, instinctual drives that lure us together and rend us apart.
In The Shepherd’s Hut, Winton crafts the story of Jaxie Clackton, a brutalized rural youth who flees from the scene of his father’s violent death and strikes out for the vast wilds of Western Australia. All he carries with him is a rifle and a waterjug. All he wants is peace and freedom. But surviving in the harsh saltlands alone is a savage business. And once he discovers he’s not alone out there, all Jaxie’s plans go awry. He meets a fellow exile, the ruined priest Fintan MacGillis, a man he’s never certain he can trust, but on whom his life will soon depend. The Shepherd’s Hut is a thrilling tale of unlikely friendship and yearning, at once brutal and lyrical, from one of our finest storytellers.
Despite not being particularly long, clocking in at a respectable 265 pages, this little gem of a book has been described as ‘an Australian odyssey.’ In their review, The Guardian called Winton “a most enviable writer” and note that “big themes of faith and salvation are explored amid the visionary splendour of the burning saltflats.” Intriguing!
“The sun and the salt bleach everything away until these characters are stripped down to their essence,” says The Washington Post, pointing out that this one’s perfect for fans of novels such as The Road. “Here’s survivalist fiction at its rawest from a novelist who sometimes sounds as bleak as…Cormac McCarthy.” Definitely check it out!