Are you running out of books to read?
Here are five fiction novels that are well worth your time.
1. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a touching story about adventure, love and hope. The book gives you a rich insight into life as the story unfolds. This book is a national bestseller and was considered for the Man Booker Prize, a leading literary award for outstanding fiction. It was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post. This humorous and charming book will lift your spirits.
Synopsis: Harold Fry is a retired man who lives in a little English village with his wife, Maureen. She often finds him irritating but she does love her husband. Harold receives a letter from Queenie Hennessy, a woman whom he has lost communication with for over 20 years. She is in a hospice and writes to him to bid farewell. Harold decides to see Queenie in person and is determined to see her. His journey is by foot so consequently it takes quite a while for him to make the 600 mile journey. He of course has adventures during his trip. At the same time, his wife comes to realizations about their relationship while he is gone.
2. The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison
The Banks of Certain Rivers is a compelling story of family, love, loss, and conflicts. Packed with humor and drama you will want to turn the page to find out what happens next. Character development is exceptional. The story line is delivered with a good pace so you do not get bogged down in minutia. As you journey through the story with the characters, you appreciate the natural delivery of the story line.
Synopsis: Set in the lakeside town of Port Manitou, Michigan, the story revolves around Neil Kazenzakis, a dedicated teacher and running coach who is overwhelmed with a his responsibilities. His wife has been seriously injured due to a tragic accident. He continues to care for his dementia-stricken mother-in-law with as well as raising his teenage son. He becomes involved with another woman, Laura, and decides to inform his son of this budding relationship. More disaster strikes his life.
A video, uploaded anonymously on YouTube, of him stopping a school fight appears to make him the villain. This video puts his whole life as well as his reputation in jeopardy. He has to prove his innocence and try to earn back the trust of everyone, including of his son. It is a gripping tale of family loss and love.
3. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending was warded the Man Booker Prize in 2011. The novel is brewing with emotional and psychological depth. It leaves the readers with deep insights into life, love, and friendship.
Synopsis: The Sense of an Ending is narrated by Tony Webster, a middle-aged retired man. He lives alone yet has a good relationship with his ex-wife and daughter. He and 3 others attend school together and vow to remain friends for life. The story focuses on Tony and Adrian, who are best friends. They drift away from each other when they go to different universities. Months later, Tony learns about Adrian committing suicide while leaving a death note. The note said “the thinking person has a philosophical duty to examine the nature of their life, and may then choose to renounce it.” This occurrence forces Tony to re-examine his own life as well as his personal choices.
4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
This book received the Alex Award, an annual award given to 10 of the best books for adults that have special appeal to young adults. It was also named “Best Book of the Year” by NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times. It is a story of mystery that intertwines both the past and the future. Although it was written for a younger audience than seniors, it is an excellent read for everyone.
Synopsis: Set in modern-day San Francisco, Clay Jannon begins working at a bookstore. The clientele acts very odd and the store never appears to sell books. Clay conspires with two of his friends to analyze the bookstore and its customers. Together, the trio unfold the mysteries that lie within the bookstore. Little did they know that the bookstore was just a small part of the riddle. They encounter secret societies in their quest to find the mysteries behind the bookstore. The author links together the past, present, and future.
5. The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
This novel is a romantic, funny tale that depicts second chances in today’s world of cohabitation and blended families. This story digs into misunderstandings with friends, lovers and families.
Synopsis: Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist that has her office in her home. After a series of turbulent relationships, she still hopes to find that special one. She meets Patrick, a single, engaging man who she is attracted to. The two mutually admire each other. When Ellen finds out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him, she decides to meet her. Not to give the story away but Ellen already knows the stalker! The story is compelling and it is hard to put the book down.
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