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Dear Edward

This book was different than the books I usually read and I really enjoyed it. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano follows the life of a boy during and after the plane he is on with his family crashes and he is the only survivor. As you can imagine, life after that kind of trauma is not easy. He goes to live with his aunt and they must also navigate guiding a teenager who has lost everything.

I really enjoyed how the story focuses on Edward, but also tells the stories of other passengers on the plane. Edward learns about the other passengers and even learns new things about his own parents and brother. Granted, this does take many, many years and an interesting journey to get there. This book tells a sad but encouraging story about a boy who grows up fast and learns to navigate a new world. Definitely check it out and let me know what you think!

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The Guest Book

This ended up being a powerful book, though the start was a little slow. The Guest Book by Sarah Blake follows the Milton family through multiple generations and decades. It jumps back and forth so it takes a little while to get familiar with the names and relationships. The first quarter of the book was more set up and introductions and a little slower, but once it got to the meat of the storyline I was hooked.

Ultimately, the cousins in present day have to decide what to do with the family island (yes, an island) that has meaning and memories different to each of them. You come to learn the history of the family during WWII and forward, and addresses issues of racism, discrimination, and power and how those looked in New York. Different from the south, for sure, but still obvious. I definitely recommend it and urge you to not put it down if it’s a little slow at first. Enjoy!

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The Heir Affair

I may have liked this second installment of this series even more than the first. The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan didn’t seem to be trying as hard to feel based on actual royal family details as The Royal We and I thought was more entertaining.

After a disastrous wedding, Prince Nicholas and his new bride, Bex, disappear to try and save face, which only makes his family more angry. They must return to reality, however, and learn to navigate the public, their family, and their marriage together. And it is not walk in the park. I especially enjoy the Queen’s character in this story as the authors make her a little more human and “normal”. This is a very quick, entertaining read but you should definitely the first book so you have some background for this one. Enjoy!