I’m pretty crazy about every book in our Heat Index this week, which explains why I’m starting the temperature at 90 for the first book. From strong, kick-ass heroines, to love, suspense, intrigue and folklore, these books will have you feeling ALL of the feels! These stories of lost love, new love, the kind of love that scares you and the love you one day wish to find, will not only pull at the heartstrings, they’ll tear your heart out and then, by the end, replace it with a heart that’s content, full and blissfully happy. From my heart to yours, enjoy these five damn good reads.
The Heart You Carry Home, Jennifer Miller (Mariner Books, November 3, 2015)
Heat Index: Becca Keller’s father, King, is a Vietnam War vet. Her new husband, Ben, recently returned from a second tour in Iraq. Both are plagued with terrible memories and PTSD. When Ben becomes violent, Becca seeks out King. But when she finds him, she must learn to understand him, his past and his new life with his motorcycle pals as well as come to the realization that what both men have been through may be too much to bear. Whether there is a veteran in your family or not, this poignant and beautiful novel should be read and cherished by all.
Along the Infinite Sea, Beatriz Williams (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, November 3, 2015)
Heat Index: It’s autumn of 1966 and Pepper Schuyler’s newly refurbished Mercedes sells at auction to wealthy Annabelle Dommerich. Hoping for a better life thanks to the auction, pregnant Pepper must navigate the complexities of having a child out of wedlock in 1960, the result of an affair with a well-known politician, while Annabelle shares her own tales of love and courage throughout the 1930s. The stories weave together and Pepper soon discovers that they have plenty in common and form a bond that is quickly put to the test. I cheered for these two women as their stories left me on the edge of my seat.
Soundless, Richelle Mead (Razorbill, November 10, 2015)
Heat Index: Fei’s village is prone to avalanches, so accessing it is difficult. Making matters worse, no one in the village can hear, so a zipline is used to deliver food up to the top of the mountain. Then villagers begin losing their eyesight. When Fei somehow hears a searing noise in the middle of the night, she realizes it’s up to her to save herself and her village. With the possibility of a new love, Fei sets out on a journey she never could have expected. As a huge fan of Richelle Mead, I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who loves a strong heroine and an original story.
November 9, Colleen Hoover (Atria Books, November 10, 2015)
Heat Index: Fallon and Ben cross paths at the most inconvenient time. Despite Fallon moving cross-country the next day, the two decide to spend all of November 9 together and Ben quickly realizes he’s found the inspiration for the novel he’s always wanted to write. Through the years, Fallon and Ben continue to meet on the same day, until Fallon starts questioning Ben’s motives. Is this love? Or is it something else entirely? Perfect from beginning to end, Colleen Hoover has yet another smash on her hand with November 9.
See Me, Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing, October 13, 2015)
“Nicholas Sparks’ writing style is just fantastic and no matter what he writes about, I am always intrigued and captivated from the start and sad when I’ve reached the very last page.” —Chicklitclub.com
Heat Index: Colin Hancock is cleaning the slate and leaving his destructive ways behind him. His first step is swearing off any kind of serious relationship. Maria Sanchez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, has returned home to confront her own traumatic past. When the two randomly meet, a relationship is formed that neither could have ever expected. When Maria’s past begins to haunt her once again, their life is turned upside down forcing them to question each other’s love. Suspense, intrigue, and the love that accompanies every Sparks novel are present in this page-turner, proving Nicholas Sparks still dominates the romance category.