Some reviews from our retired bookseller, Connie.
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand (06.19.19 300k)
Drifting away a bit from her popular summer read format, Hilderbrand still presents her story on Nantucket, but this time throws in a dead body. Compelling with her usual fully developed characters, this may be moved from a beach read to possibly the mystery shelf. The Otis-Winbury wedding was to be the highlight of the summer, but everyone becomes a suspect when the morning of the event the maid of honor is found washed up on the estate’s beach.
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger (10.02.18)
In 2001 Enger gave us “Peace Like A River”. It was a huge success and continues to be so popular that the wholesaler has more than 1000 on hand – generally unheard of except for those lasting classics. Also set in Minnesota (the author’s home), Virgil lives above the struggling cinema he owns in Greenstone – a failing ex-mining town on Lake Superior. When he nearly dies after his car plummets into the lake, he finds he has been altered (like adjectives allude him). Into town comes Rune, an old Norwegian who just recently learned he is the father of a young man who disappeared when flying over the lake and he comes seeking to learn of this son he never knew. Add to the mix a generous cast of characters and the result is an absolutely fantastic story. For lovers of any/all of Fredrik Backman’s books or “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” (I have my
hand up for all), this book is not to be missed. And for those of you who enjoy audio books, the reader has a Minnesota accent.