Winnie, a mom and ex-wife to a famous game show host and daughter of a movie star, is kidnapped and she doesn’t really understand the motive behind it. As the novel goes on, clues are revealed. The book is told from numerous points of view and the characters are very well developed for as short as the book is.
According to a Booklist review, “The novel is a darkly humorous and occasionally violent exercise in suspense, and a dramatic exposition of the Stockholm syndrome. Wagman does a nice job of lending her characters psychological depth and creating a fast-paced, readable plot.”
Check out The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets by Diane Wagman.
In England, sixteen-year-old Laurel witnesses a shocking crime during a summer house party. Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful actress living in London. As the family gathers at the ancestral house for her mother’s 90th birthday, Laurel tries to discover what really happened so many years ago.
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton goes back and forth from the present to WWII London following the life of her mother and two other people. A VERY satisfying ending. I cannot stop thinking about it.
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This book is a true story of how a secretary in Washington, D.C. became a King in Ghana. It is a great example of how one person can make a difference! When she returns to her native village, she finds no running water, high school, or even a doctor. She also has to bury the former King, which she doesn’t have the money for. During her first couple of years as King, she finds the strength to change all that.
I loved the balance of men and woman, Christianity and Paganism, modern comforts and simple living, United States and Africa.
Read King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels and get inspired.