Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

If you're a fan of historical fiction, I recommend this book!  A multi-generational story set in the US and Russia, the story spans from the 1930s to 2008.  In the 30s, Florence Fein leaves Brooklyn to travel to Russia for what she hopes is both a job and love.  She end up with both, but not as expected.

In 2008, Florence's son, Julian, is traveling to Russia for his job in the oil business.  He's trying to convince his Moscow-based son, Lenny, to return to the US.  He's also trying to negotiate terms of an oil deal, as well as get copies of his parent's KGB files, recently released by the government. 

This story is skillfully written, filled with details about life in Russia.  It's about family, friendship, fear, and the lengths parents will go for their children.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

This book was about twins. One twin was abducted in high school. The story begins when the victim escapes her captor. The dynamics of the story are all about the and relationships of those who are close to the victim. The story line delves into the lives of her sister, her former boyfriend (who is now with her twin sister), her daughter (born in captivity) and her mother. So now we are caught up in what happens immediately following her escape. This story was a bit dark for my tastes, but I did want to find out how things resolved, so I finished it.