Top Five

Some of My Favorite Books

Bronte’s Mistress by Finola Austin

Bronte’s Mistress, the story of the alleged affair between Branwell Bronte and Lydia Robinson, his employer’s wife, is a flawlessly written and meticulously researched novel that allows its readers to feel both the passion and frustration of the time.

Lydia, a woman born well before her time, was a passionate creature seeking all of life’s pleasures. She refused to be hindered by a society that preferred its women seen but not heard, and sometimes not even heard. She suffered at the hands of a husband who didn’t know how to love her, and in seeking a life filled with passion made some poor choices. But could she have done any better?

I found this novel spot-on, a worthy read, and just a little bit scary. I fear society is still not entirely comfortable with a woman willing to take life by the horns.

Wild Land by Rebecca Hodge

A protagonist who is at a major crossroads in her life. Two adorable children who do not belong to her. Two dogs she only thinks she wants nothing to do with. Random lines of Shakespeare that pull at your heart. And a fire. And by fire, I mean Ms. Hodge makes you feel the heat and hear the crackling flames with a descriptive talent that is beyond compare.

I loved this book. Can you tell?

Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me by Erin Khar

I had to remind myself that this book wasn’t fiction. I had to remind myself that this happened.

I cannot begin to imagine what it takes to strip yourself bare and show the world who you are and where you came from and what almost happened to you, but I know this: it took courage.

Strung Out is unbelievably sad and honest, and I can only hope that if even one person who reads this book sees some part of their own life mirrored in these pages, they will realize a beautiful truth. No one is beyond help or unworthy of help or undeserving of help.

All That’s Bright and Gone by Eliza Nellums

All That’s Bright and Gone by Elisa Nellums tells the story of a dysfunctional family, as seen through the eyes of six-year-old Aoife. She knows something is wrong, and she knows she needs to fix it.

Reading this story made me laugh out loud and ache for both Aoife and her family as they struggle to right themselves.

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