#FridayReads 2020-07-03

This Friday, I’ve picked two ebooks scheduled for publication on 01 August 2020 and offered for free as part of Amazon’s ‘First Reads’ scheme.

”The Last Of The Moon Girls’ by Barbara Davis (2018) is a story about how an inheritance can be a blessing or a curse.

‘Her Final Words’ by Brianna Labuskes (2020) is a thriller about an FBI agent investigating a young woman’s confession to committing a murder in a small town in Ohio.

I’ve also picked out two audiobooks that have been on in my TBR shelves since 2017.

My (Not So) Perfect Life’ by Sophie Kinsella (2017) tells the story of a young woman whose collapsing career may just be the making of her.

‘The Fingerprints Of Previous Owners’ by Rebecca Entel (2017) tells the story of a young Caribbean woman, working as a maid in a hotel that was once a plantation and secretly researching the history of the slaves who lived there.

‘The Last Of The Moon Girls’ by Barbara Davis (2020)

Barbara Davis is an American writer who is currently writing her seventh novel but who is a new author to me.

I chose ‘The Last Of The Moon Girls’ because I liked the premise that whether an inheritance is a blessing or a curse depends on what you do with it.

Lizzy Moon doesn’t want to interrupt the life she’s made for herself in New York just because she’s inherited the family farm from her grandmother but she also can’t walk away before she clears her grandmother’s name of the accusation of murder.

I’m hoping for a fun mystery with a dash of the supernatural.

‘My (Not So) Perfect Life’ by Sophie Kinsella (2017)

Sophie Kinsella is a British writer whose books have been on the bestseller lists ever since she debuted with ‘Confessions A Shopaholic’ back in 2000.

This is the first book of hers that I’ve bought. It tells the story of Katie Brenner, a young woman who is climbing the corporate ladder in London until she is kicked off it and has t start again, back on her family’s farm in Somerset.

It appeals for me because it starts with failure and (I hope) ends with happiness. That’s a route to a better life that I’d like to believe in.

‘Fingerprints Of Previous Owners’ by Rebecca Entel (2017)

Rebecca Entel is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Cornell College, where she teaches courses in creative writing, multicultural American literature, Caribbean literature, and the literature of social justice.  Fingerprints of Previous Owners is her first novel.

This one leapt out at me when I was tidying up my books on LibraryThing because it’s so topical. There’s a big debate in England at the moment about what should be taught about slavery and how the prominent men who made their fortunes from the slave trade should be remembered.

Entel’s novel is literally looking at how the history of what slavery was like has been buried and replaced with a focus on the elegance of the era. The main character in the book is secretly searching through the old slave quarters of a Caribbean plantation now turned hotel and discovers source material about the lives of the enslaved ancestors of people still living on the island.

I’m hoping that this looks not just at the reality of slavery and colonialism but on how we deal with the toxic legacy that we’ve buried for generations.

‘Her Final Words’ by Brianna Labuskes (2020)

Brianna Labuskes is a successful thriller writer and a professional White House watcher. ‘Her Final Words’ is her fifth novel.

I’m intrigued by the premise of the book. A teenage white girl walks into the Seattle Field Office of the FBI, asks for Special Agent Lucy Thorne, confesses to the murder of a twelve-year-old boy in Knox Hollow, and then refuses to say more. Thorne is sent to Knox Hollow, a town dominated by a church sect that abhors the FBI, with a brief to investigate the alleged murder.

OK, I’ve no idea why that task would fall to the FBI but I’m willing to roll with it in the hope of an entertaining mystery.

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