1. The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave
A fast-paced, gripping, thrilling story filled with mystery and suspense. It will keep you on the edge of your seat whilst you’re reading as quickly as possible, impatient to get to the next page. Daves story focuses predominately on the growing relationship between Hannah and Bailey. Bailey is a 16-year-old teenage girl that lost her mother recently, and Hannah is the new girlfriend of her dad. Not looking to replace her mother so soon, Bailey is very resilient towards having any sort of relationship with Hannah. But events take a sudden turn for the worse and Bailey finds herself leaning on Hannah whilst as they work through this mystery together.
2. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
This book will open your eyes to the less fortunate that are desperately struggling to make a living and feed their families. Elsa is the main protagonist in this story, it follows her life and the relentless hardships that she has to face. It’s set in a dust bowl in migrant settlements in California. It includes an incredible account of the aftermath and lots of historical detail. It’s heart wrenching and real.
3. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
The main protagonist in the story is a woman named Poppy Wright. She’s on a mission to make the most out of her life and wants to do this as far away from her hometown as possible (Linfield, Ohio). She doesn’t know what to expect but meeting the love of her life was definitely not on the cards. She meets someone who redefines what the meaning of ‘love’ and ‘home’ really means and he takes her on a journey that will change her life forever. All of the other protagonists in the story are intelligent, respectable, and ambitious. You can learn something from everyone. And Henry adds her wicked sense of humour to many scenarios throughout the book!
4. What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey
This is an incredible insight into the way that the mind processes trauma. There are some very interesting points made throughout this book by all authors that will give you a deep understanding of trauma and its effects. The main point is – you cannot bounce back from trauma unchanged, once we experience it we are changed forever. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We learn and grow from our past and can come out stronger on the other side. After reading this we can guarantee you will have a whole new positive perspective on trauma and how to deal with it in the best way.
5. The Wish by Nicholas Sparks
Sparks never disappoints. This story is written beautifully in a way that evokes many emotions throughout. Many describe it as an emotional rollercoaster but in a beautiful way. It focuses on real-life situations and all of the characters are very authentic. The main protagonist is dealing with a recent medical diagnosis that can potentially be life-threatening. As his condition deteriorates, we learn that not all stories have happy endings. It’s a raw and real account of living with an illness.
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