I Was Anastasia
I adored the lush and suspenseful Flight of Dreams, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Lawhon’s latest. I’ve already had a number of people recommend this one to me, but they didn’t have to; my fascination with the Romanovs started in my teen years.
Dreams of Falling
Karen White’s books are dependably packed with memorable characters and page-turning plots, so this one’s been high on my list since it was announced. I’m a South Carolina native, so I can’t wait to see how she renders the setting—and the family secrets promise another engrossing read.
The Wedding Date
I’ve read rave reviews of this novel that praise both its wit and warmth, and the concept of a fake plus one that leads to real romance sounds like the ’90s romantic comedies I grew up on and still love today.
The Kitchen God's Wife
This one is summer reading for my students, and a re-read for me. Though I love The Joy Luck Club, this was the novel that made me a devoted fan of Tan’s, and I’m hoping my students are as riveted by the complex mother-daughter relationship as I was—and still am!
Lady Be Good
Summer reading: some of my high school students surely dread it, but I look forward to it as much as I look forward to turning off the early-morning alarm that I wake to during the school year. Here’s what I have stacked up on my coffee table, waiting for me to finish reading student essays and take a summer break.
My new book, Lady Be Good, is a fun summer read set in the 1950s that follows a young woman named Kitty Tesler who has her high society life turned upside-down by a riveting musician. Pick up a copy, then click here for a book club guide that offers reader questions, cocktail recipes and delicious snacks inspired by the novel. I hope these questions will enrich your reading experience, and the recipes will make you feel like you’re sitting by the Tropicana by Kitty’s side.
Featured Image: Dudarev Mikhail/Shutterstock; Author Photo: Nina Parker