I loved The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo. It is a novel about five generations of
Once We Were Brothers by Ronald Balson was another very interesting book, and an always timely story.
During World War II when the Germans were beginning to occupy Poland, young Otto was left to live with the Solomon family. Otto was a friend of Ben Solomons. Otto's parents weren't interested in raising a child, but were interested in working for the
Years later in Chicago, the elderly Ben recognized philanthropist Elliot Rosenzweig...as his old friend, then enemy, Otto. Ben convinced attorney Catherine Lockhart that Elliot was not a Jewish survivor from Auschwitz as he had presented himself over the years, but was Otto Piatek, a vicious Nazi.
The book does a good job letting Ben tell his story, although Catherine was sometimes frustrated with how long it took! It's a good story and the way that Ben's story is investigated was interesting to me. Will justice prevail?
From the library I read The Forgotten Girls by Sara Bladel. It was a good mystery story. Detective Louise Rick was assigned to investigate a case back in her hometown involving a woman found dead, who Louise later learned had a death certificate showing she had died thirty years earlier. The
I just read that this book was the first in a trilogy...I will definitely be watching for the other books!
And lastly, my book group read What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman. This was a book recommended by my daughter...good job, Maggie! The book group loved it!
This book is told in two different time periods, but it never seemed confusing at all. Young Izzy had
Through the journal and letters was told the story of Clara Cartwright. Eighteen year old Clara had fallen in love with the "wrong" man, and her parents had committed her after she had an outburst during an argument about an arranged marriage for her. The home she was sent to was a rather elite home where patients were well taken care of. However, after the stock market crash, her father lost all his money and had Clara committed to the public asylum. Clara was not able to convince the staff that she was not insane and was unable to find any way out.
As Izzy reads about Clara, she begins to question her own life, wondering about her mother's motives for killing her father. Perhaps her mother wasn't insane either.
The book is a fascinating study in the history of mental health asylums. And certainly brings together issues of love and betrayal and abandonment. It doesn't end as one would suspect.