i didn’t meet my goal of reading 50 books in 2019 (i think i only finished 12…), but i did read some good ones.
Diana Bishop is a witch, but she keeps her magic hidden. she discovers Ashmole 782, a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, deep in the Bodleian Library. its reappearance means the world is changing—it also means that Diana’s relationship with vampire Matthew Clairmont is on the line.
in 1940, 19-year-old Vivian Morris is sent to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a crumbling theater called the Lily Playhouse. there, Vivian is introduced to the world of the theater and a cast of characters who introduce her to a world of glitz, glamour, and scandal. when Vivian makes a mistake that results in a scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand.
in downtown Milwaukee, Lou seems to have it all together—a budding restaurant, great friends, and a loving fiancé…until she finds him in bed with another woman. Lou’s life is turned upside down, and she’s left scrambling to save her dream while trying not to fall in love with Al, a harsh restaurant critic. when Lou finds out Al’s secret, things seem even darker than before.
it’s 1946 and author Juliet Ashton doesn’t know what to write next. out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey, and they bond over a love of reading. when Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Juliet begins to hear from other members about their lives under the German Occupation.
in 1913, Malka comes to the United States with her family. no sooner do they land in Manhatten’s Lower East Side than Malka is crippled and her family abandons her. she’s taken in by an Italian family who makes ices, and she begins to learn the secrets of the trade and her future starts aligning itself. she falls in love with Albert and they set off across the country in an ice cream truck. she slowly transforms herself from orphaned immigrant into “The Ice Cream Queen,” starting an empire of ice cream and becoming a TV personality. however, her rise to fame isn’t without its pitfalls.
Maggie’s life is turned upside down when her husband walks out on her. after taking a solo trip to Rome, she moves to Michigan, starts a new career, and falls in love again. but when a personal crisis strikes, she has to decide between the life she’s built for herself and her old life.
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