Books I’ve Enjoyed Lately

I have read a lot of good books recently, and if you know me at all then you know I am always recommending books to my friends! I thought I would share a few here.

The Lakehouse by Kate Morton

Sometimes books follow me around. Do you know the feeling? A certain book will keep popping up everywhere I look until I finally bring it home. The Lakehouse was one of those books. I thought this was the book version of the Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock movie (which is why I kept ignoring it) – but it’s not! This is the story about a wealthy British society family who had a summer home in the bucolic English countryside. One night their baby boy mysteriously disappears. Is it an accident? A kidnapping? Something more sinister? The book bounces back and forth between the past and modern times. The stories are narrated by both the little boy’s big sister and a modern day detective who wants to solve the mystery. I can honestly say this book kept me engaged and surprised until the very end! And if anyone is throwing a Midsummer’s Night Ball in a country estate, I’m down.

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

If you’re missing Downton Abbey this book is for you! Written by Julian Fellowes, the Producer and Writer of Downton Abbey, this book hit all the notes of sumptuous period details, society drama, family dynamics, and surprise endings. This is the story of two young lovers that both died at a young age, and how their relationship changed both of their families forever. I don’t want to give too much away, but let me just say it’s all the delight of Downtown Abbey without the annoying presence of Lady Edith (whom I personally don’t care for).

Hands-Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

“I want to make memories, not to do lists… I am letting go of distraction and perfection to live a more simple life consisting of what really matters. I’m living hands-free.”

This was one of the most convicting books I’ve ever read, in a good way. While this book is decidedly pointed to parents of small children, the lessons would apply to anyone wanting to wring more meaning out of their life. An easy read, this book focuses on ways to limit the intrusiveness of “busy life stuff” and the ever present technology to help you get the most of of your life. Is it groundbreaking? No. But this book is written in such a way that I was both inspired and happy to make some major life changes.

 

Other books I’ve read lately:

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines – I’m a huge Fixer Upper fan and loved hearing all about their life and faith journey to where they are today.

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner – I love reading memoirs. This one is about a young girl who was raised in and escaped a polygamous cult in Mexico. This is a story about human resilience. If you liked The Glass Castle you’ll like this book.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder – I love children’s literature. In another life I’ll be a children’s book editor. Although I hadn’t read the Wilder books in probably 20 years, for some reason I pulled this out while I was sick with the flu and loved re-reading it.

And as always, I keep track of everything I”m reading on GoodReads. Follow me or check out all my reads here.

And the only thing better than giving book recommendations is getting them! Please share any of your favorites recent reads in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for my next read!

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