Beth recommends…..

I just finished The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle by Joanne Huist Smith.

From the cover— For readers of Richard Paul Evans and Greg Kincaid comes The 13th Gift, a heartwarming Christmas story about how a random act of kindness transformed one of the bleakest moments in a family’s history into a time of strength and love.

My thoughts—This was a touching tale about a family struggling through their first Christmas following the loss of their husband/father. Kudos to the author for penning this true story that will surely inspire others to follow suit. The little things we do in life can often leave huge impacts. It made me ask myself; what can I do to help someone in crisis? It’s not about money, but the true spirit of the holiday and our willingness and ability to give of ourselves.

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Beth Recommends: Twisted by Marla Meyers

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If you enjoy a ghost story that won’t scare your socks off, give this fun and quirky novella a try. This new release is by a debut author, and I look forward to seeing what else Marla has in store for her readers.

Stella has an injured hip, but she’s hardly ready for a retirement home. At seventy-two, she’s enjoying life on her own for the first time. But when Stella’s daughter—Jennifer—begins to question Stella’s mental state, Stella must hide the happenings in her own house, or face being sent to a home for the elderly.

Jennifer sees Stella’s mind slipping away. There’s no other explanation for her mother’s behavior, claiming to hear mysterious voices, carelessly destroying household items, and believing that someone has threatened to cut off her fingers.

Can Stella cohabitate with the original ghostly owner of the house and keep her home? Or is her daughter correct, that Stella is losing her mind?

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Beth recommends Don’t Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde

I’m becoming a fan of author Catherine Ryan Hyde. And, apparently I’m not the only one, since one of you emailed me privately and thanked me for recommending When I Found You, authored by Hyde. I confess, I haven’t finished this book I am recommending now due to deadlines, but I’ve read enough of Don’t Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde to recommend this novel also. Hyde’s ability to create multi-dimentional and interesting characters makes her books stand out among the masses.

Billy Shine is the main character in this story, and he hasn’t left his apartment in a decade—not even one step out into the hall. Billy’s safe life unravels when he meets 9-year-old Grace. From the back cover:

Troubled by this change in the natural order, Billy makes it far enough out onto his porch to ask Grace why she doesn’t sit inside where it’s safe. Her answer: “If I sit inside, then nobody will know I’m in trouble. And then nobody will help me.”

Highly recommend, and the Kindle version is only $0.99.

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Beth recommends: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

DISCLAIMER—This novel contains language and situations that some people might find offensive.

Grip-Lit has been around for a while. Books such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins have helped to catapult this genre into overdrive, as more and more readers latch onto these psychological thrillers. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware follows this trend, providing readers with a tight read filled with twists and turns that keep a reader on the edge of his or her seat.

What would you do if you were on a cruise and saw a body thrown overboard—but all of the passengers are accounted for? The Woman in Cabin 10 features a strong protagonist and has a satisfying ending. This was a page-turner for me.

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Beth recommends The Wonder by Emma Donaghue

A Letter from Lancaster CountyThe Wonder by Emma Donaghue is a haunting novel that historical fiction fans will love. Even though I’m not typically a fan of this genre, this book kept me up turning the pages until late in the night.

In the story, eleven-year-old Anna isn’t eating, and supposedly she hasn’t consumed anything but water for four months. Why is she still alive? Is she a saint, or is there something more sinister at work? Two nurses–a nun and a young widow–are brought in to watch the girl, to see if she eats, or if it’s true–that she is living on a few teaspoons of water per day.

A satisfying and surprise ending will leave this story on your mind for a long time. Donaghue is also the author of the contemporary thriller Room, which was made into a major motion picture.

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