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March Reads Part 2

Last 3 books finished in March! I’ve now read 15 books this year and would say that puts me on track to finish my goal of 50 – fingers crossed!

Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins was another ok thriller. I really just wanted to yell at all the characters the entire book. When a woman goes missing for the second time in her life, Fern gets the feeling that she knows something or is somehow connected to the missing woman. But you can’t discount the fact that she still deals with trauma from her childhood thanks to her parents’ interesting parenting choices. Overall the book is pretty predictable, though there are some surprises. It was a quick read and the end is a little redeeming for some of the characters.

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer was very different from her historical fiction novel that I loved. Lexie gets a call at 2am from her sister Annie, an addict who she has not heard from in 2 years. Answering that calls completely changes her life and puts her on a legal and emotional path that I can’t imagine anyone would deal with well. Especially after the challenging childhood the sisters had. Again, I had trouble connecting with any of characters but then ending tied up everything neatly.

And last was Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. Maybe I’m just picking the wrong book genres right now but I thought this one was a little boring. It picked up some about 3/4 of the way through, but in general was pretty dry. It’s the story of two neighboring families who, throughout many years, are dealing with issues within each of their own families but also between the two families. It addresses issues that many families deal with – mental health, addiction, health crises – and felt like it was not too fantastical about how a family might deal with those issues.

Ultimately I didn’t really LOVE any of my March books, so I’m going to work on picking some better genres in April and also work through the stack of physical books I have in my to-read pile now that I have a book light to use at night. A lot of my reading is done now, in pregnancy, when I’m not able to sleep, so my Kindle has been key to reading in the middle of the night!

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The Things We Cannot Say

I have a new favorite book for the year! Of course it’s historical fiction. If you’re not into historical fiction, I apologize, but I am trying to mix it up. It just so happens that the books the keep coming off my holds list or that are available are the historical fiction! I do have a stack of books my mom gave me, though, so I’m working through those and one one is this genre.

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer was great. It jumps back and forth between present day and the start of WWII in Poland. Alina knows she will marry Tomasz when he returns from medical school, but before that happens, the Nazis infiltrate their town near the Germany border. Her family must make tough decisions to survive, including choosing between their own children and keeping the farm up and running for the Nazi but also keeping themselves alive.

In present day, Alice tries hard to balance being there for her dying grandmother, her son with special needs, and the rest of her family. And when her grandmother sends her on an epic journey around the world to find answers from birthplace, she gets way more than she bargained for. I love how Rimmer wrote the timeline and how, as a reader, you were about a step ahead of the characters, but never knowing all of the information at once. It was a very emotional story about love and survival, in both time periods. Even though I keep reading the novels set in WWI and WWII, they’re never the same. There were so many experiences and views of those times that each story is unique. I definitely recommend this one, even if you’re not a huge historical fiction fan. Enjoy!