This was Kline’s response when asked, “Generally, what do you see as the factors that influence a novel’s success?” (Being A Writer). Kline’s novel Orphan Train sat on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years and although it could have been due to all the things she listed, it also could have lingered there simply because it was a really good book.
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, published in 2017, is Jennifer Ryan’s first novel. Just to clear up any confusion that could arise, she is not the only author named Jennifer Ryan. She should have included a middle initial to distinguish herself from the other Jennifer Ryan, a contemporary romance author from San Francisco who has written multiple series.
Salt to the Sea (2016) was recommended to me by my mom. I had not heard of the book and could not recall who the author was but she insisted that I listen to this book next. I wanted to read it because I hadn’t physically read a good book in a while but she said that I should really listen to it instead because the characters had different voices and added to the story, in her opinion. So, I followed her advice and borrowed the audio version.
If I were to sum up Those Who Save Us with one sentence, it would be the following one from the novel: “Each person has this choice to make about how to live with the past, this dignity, this inviolable right” (474).
I went to the library in search for another book and A Dangerous Place, Book #11 of the Maisie Dobbs series, caught my eye. I added it to my “Want to Read” book shelf on the Goodreads app and downloaded the audio version of Maisie Dobbs (#1) from the Overdrive app so I could start from the beginning. Although the story has its problems, like World War I, it was a breath of fresh air. Let me explain.