My son is convinced all I ever do is read. My husband is convinced I shouldn't spend time making my family feel guilty with housework and yardwork at weekends. My husband and son are out at work during the week when I wash, shop, cook, clean, dig, etc... Still, I've got to admit, I do read a lot at weekends. And here are last weekend's books. (As usual, the blue links should take you to my gather reviews.)
Middle-aged female protagonists:
Light Bringer, by Pat Bertram, is an intriguing blend of sci-fi with corporate greed, global disaster, fascinating characters, historical secrets, and the music of rainbows. I'm still a believer in regular science, but the plot is neat and the relationships delightfully musical and strange. Try a 3-star smooth-flavored coffee with this one.
Chasing Amanda, by Melissa Foster, is a haunting contemporary mystery of a missing child, the tension heightened by the protagonist's ability to see what can't be seen. Haunted by her failure to save an earlier abductee, Molly Tanner walks a delicate line between helping and getting arrested. Another smooth 3-star coffee required.
Younger End of Middle-aged:
Life from Scratch, by Melissa Ford, tells the story of a young woman who's finally had enough and leaves her husband. Living alone, struggling financially, finally learning to cook... and writing a blog, Rachel tries to rebuild her life but can't quite let go of the old. The voice is great, the humor perfectly toned, and the characters are all very humanly flawed. Best of all, there's a perfect ending as well, to enjoy with a perfect 2-star, bright and lively cup of coffee.
And finally a coming of age story with a male protagonist:
Tremolo, Cry of the Loon, by Aaron Paul Lazar tells of a young boy one summer in Maine, coming to terms with a changing world that's suddenly not as safe or as innocent as he remembers. The 1960s and the scents and sounds of summer come beautifully to life, and you'll want a 3-star well-balanced, full-flavored coffee to drink with this.