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Summer Reading Reviews: Adult Fiction

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Lombard readers certainly love their fiction! Need some help deciding what to read next? Take a cue from your fellow Lombardian, with some fiction recommendations from our Summer Reading program!


Fiction Recommendations from Summer Reading 2017
Fiction Recommendations from Summer Reading 2017
  1. Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray
    A young woman in a small town in France meets the great artist who changes the course of her life. After her death, her granddaughter is left to unravel a mystery of her heritage and a missing treasure.
  2. The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
    This novel is about the Germans Resistance Movement in WW2 and the impact of war on three women during and after the war. It is exceptional writing and well worth reading! Her best book! Could not put it down!
  3. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
    Historical fiction, really well written, about a real woman named Meryl. She became the first person to fly across the Atlantic from East to West, but this book is about her early days in Africa in the 1920s, colonial Britain/Kenya, trying to live her own live as an independent woman.
  4. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
    If JK Rowling and Carlos Ruiz Zafon co-authored a novel, it might read something like Ink and Bone. The first book in a new trilogy by Rachael Caine, it’s a face paced novel that keeps you wanting more. The second is available and the third comes out this year!
  5. A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
    When the Berlin Wall went up, some families were instantly split. Follow the story of a young girl who longs to reunite with her father and brother on the West side of the wall and what she, her mother, and brother had to endure in the East.
  6. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
    Don’t skip the classics in your reading menu. See the Southwest through Willa Cather’s eyes. Learn of the history before superhighways zipped through. If you’ve never been to Santa Fe, this book will inspire a trip.
  7. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
    I really enjoyed this book – it was a light read – no heavy topics or depressing storylines. The crazy Iowans in town reminded me of the movie ”While You Were Sleeping” in that the main character falls in love with all of them. This reader of Lombard recommends. 
  8. La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith
    La is a divorcee in her 30s living in the English countryside at the outbreak of World War 2. As a morale-boosting effort, she starts an amateur orchestra to entertain the local airmen and her fellow villagers. This is a good story of love and hope by the author of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency.