More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann NelsonWhat happens: A fatal car accident changes everything for three women.
Featuring: Addison, whose husband, the town's beloved coach, was driving one of the cars and appears to have been intoxicated; Emilia, the first cop on the scene, whose own husband hasn't been the same since another accident several years earlier; and Addison's helpful neighbor, Brianne, a therapist dealing with the loss of a patient to suicide.
Read it for: the moving, realistic story told by multiple narrators; the thought-provoking look at grief, memory, and grace.
The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy CambronFeaturing: Adele von Bron, a gifted Austrian violinist during World War II, and Sera James, a modern-day Manhattan art dealer searching for the beautiful painting of a female musician she saw as a child.
What happens: Teaming with wealthy William Hanover, who owns a copy of the portrait she remembers, Sera tries to find out more. Meanwhile, in the 1940s, Adele, a Third Reich general's daughter, is caught helping Jewish people and sent to Auschwitz.
Want more? The sequel to this moving novel is A Sparrow in Terezin, which continues Sera's story, once again using dual timelines.
Because You're Mine by Colleen CobleWhat it is: a gothic-tinged romantic suspense story set in Charleston, South Carolina, featuring a rising-star Irish fiddler and singer.
What it's about: After her husband is killed while their Irish band is on tour in the U.S., pregnant Alanna is devastated when her in-laws threaten to fight for child custody. Quickly marrying her American manager to thwart them, Alanna is unnerved by her new husband's possessive behavior and odd occurrences at his decaying family estate.
Long Way Gone by Charles MartinStarring: musician Cooper O’Connor, who wants all that the world has to offer, causing him to leave home at 18, taking the guitar he's stolen from his tent-preacher father.
What happens: Making it big in Nashville, Cooper falls in love with a talented singer, but events leave him injured, both spiritually and physically, which lead him home again.
What sets it apart: An imaginative, musical version of the prodigal son story that covers Cooper's childhood, absence, and return, Long Way Gone reminds readers that it's never too late to come home again.
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