Mainstream Book Recommendations: May 2013

18, 38 or 88 — it doesn't matter how old a person is, life changing events can happen at any age. And the characters in this month's mainstream novels can certainly attest to the fact that birthdates don't matter when facing tough decisions. But now there is a decision you have to make — what age protagonist do you want to read about next? No matter what your answer, we've got a recently released mainstream book that is right for you. 

Oh, the drama that comes with being a young adult! The teenage years and early twenties are times of growth and freedom, but they can also bring heartache and confusion. Two characters that must navigate this tricky age are Maya in Isabel Allende’s Maya’s Notebook and young London socialite Grace from Kathleen Tessaro’s The Perfume Collector. While Maya is on a road to self-destruction after the death of her grandfather, Grace is on a better path as she learns about a large inheritance waiting for her in Paris.

While the thirties aren’t exactly middle age, the women in Meg Donohue’s All the Summer Girls are not at all comfortable with ageing. Friends when they were children, Kate, Vanessa, and Dani reunite for a weekend on the New Jersey shore only to realize that time may not heal all wounds. In More Than You Know by Nan Rossiter, protagonist Beryl is 44 and has no prospects for finding a husband or having kids. When a family emergency causes her married sister Rumer to visit, Beryl gets a peek into the life of a couple and begins to understand that not all relationships are positive. When wife and mother Libby Moran from Katherine Center’s The Lost Husband loses her husband, this is not an ending but instead a beginning. Moving to Texas and starting a new job are just the tip of the iceberg for this brave heroine. Libby also embarks on a healing relationship that proves that love can be even sweeter the second time around.

In The Lake House by Marci Nault, Victoria Rose left Hollywood fifty years ago. Now 74, she lives a quiet life on the lake. However, just because she exited stage left, doesn’t mean that Victoria’s past is done with her. When she strikes up an unlikely friendship with a 28-year-old travel writer, secrets are spilled and not all of them good. Coincidentally, the protag in The Blossom Sisters by Fern Michaels is also named Rose. However, this Rose does not have skeletons in her closet. Instead, it is Rose’s grandson Gus who is suffering from past mistakes. Years ago Gus married a vindictive woman causing Rose to cut him out of her life. With a divorce on the horizon and Rose’s property about to be taken away, can this family come back together or will Rose be left lonely in her old age?

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