BJ’s Standout Reads January 2020
The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede This was a great way to start the reading year off right. Such a wonderful book to read. This is the true story of the day of the 9/11 attack when the US airspace was shut down. The planes that were flying toward the US had to land somewhere, and many landed in the small town Gander, NewFoundland. The residents of Gander took in the 7,000 stranded passengers for a week, opened their homes and their hearts and assisted these strangers until they figured out when they’d ever be allowed to travel home again. The broadway play Come From Away was also based on this story, and I had gone to see it on our Ride the Rails weekend, and I am now inspired to travel to Gander, Newfoundland--which we'll do in July.
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James I was completely obsessed with this one. Fiona is a reporter in a small town in Vermont, the same small town where her sister was murdered when she and her sister were teenagers. The sister’s body was dumped at an abandoned boarding school on the outskirts of town. When Fiona learns that the school is going to be re-opened and she visits the school to cover the story when a body is recovered from the well. She learns that the body has been there since the 1950s, and she investigates the murder of one of the students at the all girl’s boarding school. As she is uncovering the truth about the body, she learns about who her sister’s killer was. An amazing read.
Moonshadow by Joy Lynn Goddard Another one I was obsessed with. In this story Lauren, a college student, heads back to her grandparents’ cottage by the lake to care for her ailing grandfather. He tells her about his lost love from when he was a teenager. She races against the clock to find his lost love before her grandfather dies, and uncovers some very dark secrets about her family in the process. A very good read, well researched and well thought out.
added on 01.31.20