Posts tagged with "Domestic Fiction"

Posted by Auntie Anne. on 12/28/12
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Tom Sherbourne is a man of high moral standards after having been awarded the Medal of Honor after surviving 4 horrific years in combat during World War I.  After the war, Tom returned to Australia, takes a wife and becomes the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a square mile piece of green set off the coast of Western Australia between two oceans - one peaceful and calm, one violent.  It was there that he and his wife, after having suffered three miscarriages, discover a boat washed up on the shore.  Inside the boat they find the body of a dead man, a woman's sweater, and a baby - alive.
 
I'm amazed at the number of excellent books that I've read this year that are debut novels.  The Light Between Oceans, M. L. Stedman's first literary effort, is the story of a heartbreaking moral dilemma.  It's been a very long time since I read a book that moved me to tears.  This book is that moving, as well as beautifully descriptive with well-developed characters.

Posted by Auntie Anne. on 05/30/12
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Betty and Joseph Weissmann had been happily married for nearly 50 years, or so Betty thought, when Joseph announced that he wanted a divorce to be with his girlfriend, Felicity.  Thus dumped and turned out of her luxurious Manhattan apartment she called home, Betty crash lands in a rundown Westport, Ct. beach cottage, relying on the smothering kindness of Uncle Lou.  To make matters worse, both Betty's daughters run into their own streak of bad luck, and move in with Betty.   Literary agent Miranda must file bankruptcy after it's leaked that some of her authors' steamy memoirs were in fact fiction. And Betty's other daughter, Annie, is so deeply in debt she can no longer afford her apartment. Once they move in with Mom, both girls promptly fall in love—Annie rather awkwardly with the brother of Joseph's lover, and Miranda with a lothario actor quite a bit younger than her. In true Jane Austen style, mischief and mayhem runs regretably over these romantic relationships as the three women figure out how to turn their lives around.

The Three Weissmann's of Westport has been labeled a modern-day homage to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.  It's a very well done read-alike, I might add.  Her characters are engaging, humorous and sad all at the same time.  This book is full of wit and wisdom that will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.