My Favorite Books

The Stationery Shop

Marjan Kamali

Roya, a dreamy teenager living amid the political upheaval of 1953 Tehran, finds a literary oasis in Mr. Fakhri’s stationery shop.

 

Mr. Fakhri, with an instinct for romance, introduces Roya to his other favorite customer, Bahman, who has a passion for justice and she loses her heart at once. A few months later, on the eve of their marriage, Roya agrees to meet Bahman at the town square when violence erupts—a result of the coup d’eta. In the chaos, Bahman never shows. 

Lilac Girls

Martha Hall Kelly

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. 

 

Love & Gelato

Jenna Evans Welch

A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. 

Broken For You

Stephanie Kallos

Broken for You is the story of two women in self-imposed exile whose lives are transformed when their paths intersect . . .
 
When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come west to search for her wayward boyfriend. 

Ayesha at Last

Uzma Jalaluddin

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn't want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. 

The Lost Girls of Paris

Pam Jenoff

1946, Manhattan

One morning while passing through Grand Central, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and leaves the station.

Grace learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators but they never returned home,

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