#100DaysOfGreatBooks – Code Name Verity

☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

***

#100DaysofGreatBooks  #SummerOfBookLove

***

☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

Day 26 – Code Name Verity

🙂📚💜☀️🌈

Code Name Verity

I read this book years ago, right when it came out – which is right before I started reviewing, and definitely before I started doing the Kirkus blog.

It’s an unforgettable book, truly. Every so often I’ll see a big author telling their audience “I just read this amazing book and you all should read it too.”

I agree. You should all read it.

Code Name Verity is both a tough read and a beautiful read, but it’s also fascinating and brilliant.

Oct. 11th, 1943—A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun. When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel” in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.

*****

#HappyReading  #100DaysofGreatBooks  #SummerOfBookLove

Buy Code Name Verity

availableon-amazon

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and text links connect to an affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

#100DaysOfGreatBooks – Dream A Little Dream

☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

***

#100DaysofGreatBooks  #SummerOfBookLove

***

☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

Day 25 – Dream A Little Dream

🙂📚💜☀️🌈

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM

Or MATCH ME IF YOU CAN…?

THIS HEART OF MINE? Or NOBODY’S BABY BUT MINE?

Or maybe LADY BE GOOD… ?

Or KISS AN ANGEL?

I sincerely have a hard time picking a favorite book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. They’re all amazing.

I love the Chicago Stars and Heaven Texas. I love the Bonner brothers and Salvation North Carolina.

SEP is the queen of romantic comedy, but she’s so much more than that too. She manages to make us laugh and cry, and wrap her characters up in so much turmoil and humanity that her books transcend the label.

Do you love Susan Elizabeth Phillips? Do you have a favorite? (Can you pick one?!)

I’m choosing DREAM A LITTLE DREAM mainly because I think it may be the most layered and emotionally deep storyline. But really, they’re all swoon-worthy.

A Desperate Young Mother

Rachel Stone’s bad luck has taken a turn for the worse. With an empty wallet, a car’s that’s spilling smoke, and a five-year-old son to support, she’s come home to a town that hates her. But this determined young widow with a scandalous past has learned how to be a fighter. And she’ll do anything to keep her child safe—even take on. . .

A Man With No Heart

Gabe Bonner wants to be left alone, especially by the beautiful outcast who’s invaded his property. She has a ton of attitude, a talent for trouble, and a child who brings back bad memories. Yet Rachel’s feisty spirit might just be heaven-sent to save a tough, stubborn man.

Dare To Dream

Welcome to Salvation, North Carolina—where a man who’s forgotten what tenderness means meets a woman with nothing to lose. here two endearing lovers will set off on a funny, touching journey of the heart. . .to a place where dreams just might come true.

*****

#HappyReading  #100DaysofGreatBooks  #SummerOfBookLove

Buy Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s books

availableon-amazon

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and text links connect to an affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

#100DaysOfGreatBooks – The Age Of Innocence

☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

***

#100DaysofGreatBooks  #SummerOfBookLove

***

☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

Day 18 – The Age Of Innocence by Edith Wharton

🙂📚💜☀️🌈

THE AGE OF INNOCENCE

I read this book for the first time in college and have read it a few times since then.

As much as I love romance novels, I do also love great literary works that use lyrical language to explore the human experience —especially the female experience—in unexpected ways.

After college, I read a lot Wharton. I am a fan of everything I’ve read from her, but this one is special: It’s the first one I ever read, and the first book by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Definitely worth a read, though if you’re a “must-have-an-HEA” reader, you may not like this one. There’s a lot to love in this book, though, including the sense that, though she loses her great love, the main female character survives and thrives.

Have you read Edith Wharton? What do you think? I especially remember being blown away by her short stories, so if you’re not sure about devoting time to her full novels, maybe try one or two of those.

*****

The Age Of Innocence

One of Edith Wharton’s most famous novels—the first by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize—exquisitely details a tragic struggle between love and responsibility in Gilded Age New York.

Newland Archer, an aristocratic young lawyer, is engaged to the cloistered, beautiful May Welland. But when May’s cousin Ellen arrives from Europe, fleeing her failed marriage to a Polish count, her worldly and independent nature intrigues and unsettles Archer. Trapped by his passionless relationship with May and the social conventions that forbid a relationship with the disgraced Ellen, Archer is torn between possibility and duty. Wharton’s profound understanding of her characters’ lives makes the triangle of Archer, May, and Ellen both urgent and poignant. An incisive look at the ways desire and emotion must negotiate the complex rules of society, The Age of Innocence is one of Wharton’s most moving works.

*****

#HappyReading  #100DaysofGreatBooks  #SummerOfBookLove

Buy Edith Wharton’s books – all of the cover links go to Wharton’s search page; there are numerous options for her complete works for very low prices, and I wanted to let you know what’s available and make your own choices. Enjoy! xo

availableon-amazon
availableon-nook
availableon-kobo

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and text links connect to an affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!