Ciao a tutti! Fall is officially here and I must admit, I’m pretty excited about it. This is undoubtably my favorite time of the year. From the crisp, cool air to the promise of pumpkin picking (and pumpkin flavored lattes!) and baking sweet treats, it is also a great time to cozy up with a warm sweater and a book that you can’t put down. This past month, we had a lot of rain here in New Jersey, which was my perfect excuse to read through my stack of books. I am super excited to share with you my September reads, as they were truly some of my favorites! I found myself not being able to put these books down, tearing through them in just a night or two. Keep reading to see what my picks were this month!
The Sunflower Girl by Rosanna Chiofalo
As a long time fan of Rosanna Chiofalo, I rushed to Barnes & Noble the day that her latest novel was released. One of my favorite qualities of her writing is the way she makes the setting feel so real, vivid and alive, so much so that it is very easy to picture each scene, each setting and each character. The Sunflower Girl is set in the sweeping fields of Tuscany, which immediately drew me in. Chiofalo writes this book in dual-perspective, alternating between the story of Signora Maria Ferraro set in the World War II era, and her daughter Anabella in the 1970s. It is a beautiful and moving story that touches on love, loss, and life-altering decision making.
2. The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall
Give me a novel set in New York City and I will read it. Always have, always will. The Subway Girls is also written in dual perspective (which has proven to be a very popular literary trend as of late), and alternates between the story of the young and ambitious Charlotte in the late 1940s, and advertising executive Olivia set in present day. The duo, generations apart, cleverly intersect their lives when Olivia is working on a last ditch effort to save her job in advertising, and finds the solution when she discovers her neighbor Charlotte’s past as a Miss Subways contestant. This novel is perfectly paced, so much so that I truly could not put it down. With so many unexpected twists and turns and possible outcomes, this novel centers around the universal adage of women trying to balance love, ambition and true happiness.
3. The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner
One of the last from my stack of summer reads, The Husband Hour quickly became one of my favorite novels that I have read recently. Centering around Lauren Adelman, the twenty-four year old widow of famed NHL hockey player turned soldier Rory Kincaid, Lauren must face her painful past when a unexpected, and unwanted, visitor comes to see her. As secrets unfold about her late husband and her family, Lauren faces betrayal, unanswered questions, and conflicting feelings and emotions about what her life is supposed to be like since her husband’s passing four years ago. This novel is also full of unexpected twists, turns, tension and conflict, which is a recipe for a real page turner. I read this one in one evening! Highly Recommend!
4. The Thousand Lights Hotel by Emylia Hall
Set in the dreamy and idyllic island of Elba, we meet Kit, who has ventured to Elba after her mother’s passing to find her father whom she never knew. Although a character driven novel, closely following Kit’s feelings, emotions, and mental state, this novel is still full of secrets, love, the promise of a new life, and so many “what ifs?” With the beautiful setting of Elba, which is beautifully and vividly described, you will be instantly transported to The Thousand Lights Hotel.
Which one of these do you want to read next? Leave me a comment below!
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