I just finished The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown. The main character Madeleine ends up visiting her mom with whom she has a strained relationship to escape from her controlling husband and unhappy marriage. When she arrives she finds out her mother is preparing to sell her home in order to downsize. While there Madeleine happens upon her grandmother's journals in the attic and makes some surprising discoveries about her life. The chapters in the book go back and forth between Madeleine's current life/struggles and her grandmother's brief few months in Paris in the 1920's before she returned to America. I loved the switching back and forth between time periods because it was literally two stories in one and felt almost like time travel.
I'm currently reading Once Upon A River by Bonnie Jo Campbell. This is one of those random books I grabbed off the shelf at the Library the other day. Margo a teen girl, who has grown up living on a river in Michigan in the 1970s, is a quiet outdoorsy type who likens herself to Annie Oakley which fuels her interest in guns and hunting. After an unfortunate chain of events accompanied with bad decisions she has to struggle to survive on her own as she sets out down the river to find her mother. Some parts of the book are disheartening and make you feel for the girl, want to take her and be her mom yourself. That's all I'm going to say as I don't want to give too much away. Apparently there is a book before this one that would shed more light on her mother's story called Q Road. Maybe I'll read it after I finish this one.
I purchased the next two books from the "Friends of the Library" book sale to bring along on our upcoming beach trip. I may not get to both of them since I'll be wrangling two little boys on the beach all week but I'm hoping I can sneak in some reading time!
Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What books are you reading? Let me know as I'd love recommendations! I'm open to nonfiction as well.