Happy New Year!

I just realized that I haven't posted book reviews in a while so it's fitting to begin the year with a few.  Have you read any of these books?  Do you have any to recommend?

The Song Remains the Same: An enjoyable story with a good ending!  I struggle at times, wanting a story to be more 'meaty', darker...  then I have to remind myself that most readers want to escape into a good book.  I would recommend this one to a friend, I enjoyed it and was satisfied with the end.

My goodreads rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific experience-or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind, with the help of family and friends, who have their own agendas. She filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . .

Margaret from Maine: I wanted to like this book: simple vocabulary, no surprises. Wasn't a hit for me but you might enjoy it.

My goodreads rating: 2 stars

Synopsis: Margaret's husband is injured in a war overseas and will never be the man he was. When the President signs a bill in support of wounded veterans, Margaret is invited to the nation’s capital. Charlie King, a handsome Foreign Service officer, volunteers to escort her. The unlikely pair fall in love—but Margaret cannot ignore the tug of her marriage vows.

Crossing on the Paris: I enjoy historical fiction and while I mostly enjoyed this novel there was part of a storyline that left me a little shaken... and that's okay.  Books should make us think, be aware.  I enjoyed Julie's story the most.

My goodreads rating: 3 stars

Synopsis: The year is 1921. Three women set out on the impressive Paris ocean liner on a journey from Paris to New York. Julie Vernet is a young French woman from a working class family who has just gotten her first job as a crew worker on the ship. Escaping her small town and the memory of war, she longs for adventure on the high seas...

Constance Stone is a young American wife and mother who has traveled to Paris to rescue her bohemian sister, Faith, who steadfastly refuses to return to America and settle down. Constance returns home to New York, having failed at the duty her father asked of her...

Vera Sinclair, a rich, ex-patriate American is leaving France after thirty-one years to live out her remaining time home in America. Over the course of the transatlantic voyage, she reflects on her colorful life and looks forward to a quiet retirement. While each of these women come from different walks of life, their paths cross while at sea in a series of chance encounter.