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I hate love stories. Unless they are tragic. This one is beautifully so. Grace is a servant to two socialite sisters in 1920's England. She befriends the sisters and they become the only witnesses to the suicide of a young poet. Only they know the mysteries surrounding the tragedy. Filled with suspense and plot twists, this book will turn you into a lover of love stories. The biggest tragedy of this story is that it ends.
A once famous author, now old and ailing, calls upon a young biographer to write the true story of her life and to unearth the long buried secrets of her youth.
Complete with a strange cast of characters including a set of feral twins, a ghost, and a willful governess, a gothic plot, and a tragic fire, the true story of Vida Winters' life may prove to be her most compelling tale yet.
I chose this book in honor of the Women's March on Washington this month, and because it's a wonderful and important read. There was an article in The Guardian about every 16 year old in Sweden being given a copy of this book, and I thought that was just fantastic. This book is an excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk of the same name, and it offers a unique definition of feminism in the 20th century, and why, as the title states, we should all be feminists.
When Nella arrives in Amsterdam in 1686 to begin a new life as a young bride to a merchant trader, she finds herself in a cold and lonely environment. Her only escape from this harsh new reality is a dollhouse that her husband gifted her on their wedding day. The dollhouse is an exact replica of their lavish home. When she hires an elusive miniaturist to provide the tiny furnishings for the cabinet sized replica, secrets about her husband and her new life begin to emerge. The tiny pieces begin to tell stories that Nella may not want to hear. These secrets could prove to be dangerous. Who is the miniaturist , and how can they know Nella's fate?
The town of Devil's Moor is a remote village full of secrets. A population filled with superstition who tell stories of people returned from the dead, an old mill that no one will speak of, and a grand manor house surrounded in mystery.
When four friends begin to discover things about the village and its inhabitants, they find they are face to face with its secrets.
A quick and creepy read, with similarities to Wolf Rilla's Village of the Damned and Stephen King's Children of the Corn, this tale is perfect for getting you in the Halloween spirit.
All of the women in Simon Watson's family are mermaids. Going back generations, they are all beautiful, they have all performed in carnivals, and they all eventually drown. A mysterious journal arrives from an antiquarian bookseller, and Simon soon discovers it is a record book of sorts, documenting the travels of one of the earliest carvivals in history. He learns that there may be a curse on his family that causes the mermaids to drown and it becomes a race against time to save his younger sisters from their families' fate. Going between past and present, with a wonderful cast of characters, this book is a quick and memorable read.
The disappearance of a girl's mother leads her on a search for clues as to her whereabouts. While searching their old farmhouse, she discovers a hidden door containing a 100 year old diary of a distant relative that leads to even more mysterious questions about her family, the woods they live in, and the strange occurrences that take place there.
Going back and forth between present day and the past, this haunting ghost story will keep you up at night. It is deliciously creepy.
The year is 1659. When a young boy's body washes up along the river tattooed with the mark of the witch, the local midwife is accused of witchcraft. The town hangman is charged with the task of making her confess, but convinced she is innocent, he and his daughter set out to find the real killer. They must find the killer before Walpurgisnaght, the night when the witches are believed to dance in the forest with the devil. This is a great work of historical fiction written by the German film maker Oliver Potzsch. It hosts a brilliant cast of characters and captures the histeria and frenzy of the witchcraft craze in 17th century Europe.
Le Circue des Reves opens only at night. The black and white tents appear as if out of nowhere, and disappear just as quickly. It is no ordinary circus. Amidst the contortionists and tarot card readers are Celia and Marco, two young magicians who have been trained since childhood. They are involved in a fierce competition of skills that will leave only one of them standing in the end. A Love story with a tragic twist, this book will have you captivated from start to finish!
At the turn of the 20th century, a solitary orchardist troubled by the tragic ghosts of his past awakens one day to find in his orchard two semi-feral young sisters, both scared and pregnant.
What transpires is the haunting tale of three souls coming together in the wake of cruelty and hardship; and the events that will change their lives forever. A tale of new beginnings, this novel is perfect for spring.
1911, Coney Island. A turn of the century freak show, run by a sinister doctor. An enchanting cast of performers, including a wolfman, a butterlfy girl, and a mermaid. An infamous fire, a Russian photographer, a missing girl, and a tragic love all come together in this captivating historical fiction/fairytale mash-up. I fell in love with this hauntingly beautiful story and its characters.