Novel Anticipation, February 2014 – Part 2

I’m very excited about these next four novels, all written by veteran authors, authors with a gift for challenging the reader to think–my favorite type of books!

Are any of these on your to-read list?

A Stillness of ChimesA STILLNESS OF CHIMES by Meg Moseley (Multnomah Books)

When Laura Gantt returns to Georgia to handle her late mother’s estate, she hears a startling rumor—that her father staged his drowning years ago and has recently been spotted roaming the mountains. With the help of her former high school sweetheart, Laura searches for the truth. But will what they find destroy their rekindled feelings?

A Fall of MarigoldsA FALL OF MARIGOLDS by Susan Meissner (NAL)

It’s 1911, and nurse Clara can’t get over the man she loved. But while caring for a widowed immigrant, she’s led to a life-changing secret—and decision—by his scarf. A century later, Taryn can’t move on after losing her husband and heirloom scarf on 9/11. Crushed by tragedy, will these women ever open their hearts again?

Runaway SaintRUNAWAY SAINT by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)

Sara’s an artist with a supportive husband and a house that folks on her block admire outright. But she’s restless and bored with life.

Then her legendary Aunt Bel shows up, wearing a smile after years without a word.

Twenty years ago, fresh out of college, Bel left for a summer missions trip and never returned. Now she’s on Sara’s doorstep, looking for a place to crash. Sara can’t say no to family, even if she hasn’t seen Bel since she was a nine-year-old girl. But saying yes to Bel turns Sara’s whole precariously-balanced life upside down.

Poison TownPOISON TOWN, Crittendon Files Series #2 by Creston Mapes

There’s More Than One Kind of Poison in This Town

People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that’s crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss. The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon’s long-time mechanic falls ill and he investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable—he knows too much.

Comments 7

  1. Hallo, Hallo Ms. Anderson!!

    🙂 I’ve been very remiss about dropping by your lovely blog! Please let me explain! 🙁 I lost all my RSS feeds when my beloved computer died in late 2013. Then, I had nothing but tech issues whilst shifting over to using a back-up computer. I sort of took a hiatus from all the lovely blogs I would regularly visit, and have resumed visiting quite recently! This lovely one was next on the list! 🙂 Cheers!

    Imagine my happy smile when I saw you were following me on Twitter! Wow. Happy day! 🙂

    I see you are speaking on behalf of “A Fall of Marigolds” in this post! Oh, bless my stars, I was betwixt time whilst reading this novel! I only posted my full review of it earlier this morning even! For me, it felt like a large weight had left my shoulders between the shirtwaist industry & September 11th as I felt as though I was carrying both emotionally even still in some ways. The story affected me in different dimensions and its the heart of the women featured inside who left such a positive fixture in my own heart: Clara & Taryn were powerfully evoked!

    Yes, I am not sure if you read my review, but the depth of thought-provoking narrative of Ms. Meissner was not lost on me! If anything, I was hopeful my review might have challenged my readers & visitors to think as much as I had about the narrative’s message! 🙂 You’re quite right too, that its the writers who challenge our ability to step outside our own realities and enter into another person’s shoes to gain insight and empathy is our greatest gift as a reader! 🙂 This book convinced me I need to read more of her novels! I am so thankful it was my first of hers to consume! 🙂

    1. Jorie – it was tweet about Marigolds that directed me to you on Twitter! What an amazing review! And since you loved this novel, I know you’ll enjoy all of Susan Meissner’s works. She’s a very gifted author, and I look forward to her new releases every year.

      So glad you’ve found me again. 🙂

      1. Good (early) morning, Ms. Anderson!

        Oh, my dear stars! A tweet about my review for “A Fall of Marigolds” led you to me!? This is incredible and heart-warming at the very same time! I was ever so thankful you found me, because it helped me start to come back and visit with you here! Surely, someone had a hand in this and I am ever so very thankful! 🙂 Thank you for your compliments, I was hoping the review rested well with visitors & readers alike! big hugs!

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