One of my goals in this year 2019 is to go back to reading. A perfect habit in these times that all or almost all of us are dependent on electronic devices. Winter in Miami is not cold, but the past few days have been very rainy, so I’ve given myself the opportunity to take a paper book in my hands while enjoying a drink (currently I only drink tea and coffee without sugar) and immerse myself in someone else’s world. Many times, I think…Oh God, when was it that I lost this wonderful habit? I promise to keep a book on my bedside table for the next 5 years.
I’m currently reading “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. It’s such a lovely story! Paula McLain evokes a fascinating history of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, much of it during their time in Paris. I’m definitely immersed in Paris at the beginning of the 19th century.
This week I’m looking for some new books to add to my list. Definitely all these books have something in common, love that seems impossible, intrigue, passionate stories and mystery mixed with suspense. So please, if you want to recommend some of your favorites, do not hesitate to comment. Enjoy reading!
Young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined. A heartbreaking romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
Definitely this has to be my next book. The first book in the Paradise series, you have everything that readers have come to know and love about an Elin Hilderbrand novel, plus a healthy dose of intrigue. Irene Steele’s idyllic life-house, husband, family-is shattered when she is woken up by a late-night phone call. Her beloved husband has been found dead, but before Irene can process this tragic news, she must confront the perplexing details of her husband’s death. He was found on St. John Island, a tropical paradise far removed from their suburban life. Leaving the cold winter behind, Irene flies down to the beautiful Caribbean beaches of St. John only to make another discovery: her husband had a secret second family. As Irene investigates the mysterious circumstances of her husband’s death, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sand beaches of St. John’s.
Weaving through the years, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London, the story Grace uncovers is that of an extraordinary women who inspired one of Paris’s greatest perfumers. Immortalized in three evocative perfumes, Eva d’Orsey’s history will transform Grace’s life forever, forcing her to choose between the woman she is expected to be and the person she really is. The Perfume Collector explores the complex and obsessive love between muse and artist, and the tremendous power of memory and scent.
The Pillars of the Earth is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. In that time, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge. Against the backdrop, love-stories entwine: Tom, the master builder, Aliena, the noblewoman, the sadistic Lord William, Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack, the artist in stone work and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts curse At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age. Follett masterfully weaves these stories through political turmoil of 12th century England, creating a relevant and viable world for today’s audience and for generations to eat.
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.