The Alice Network

Author: Kate Quinn
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Goodreads Summary: 1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the matter where it leads.

On My Nightstand // January 2018

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My year kicked off with a lot of reading. Between winter break & then a slew of snow days I had some downtime to knock out a few books during my kids' naps. And evenings, because I am very cool.

I'm also adding in some of my kids' picture books because we spend a lot of time reading those together. And them "reading" on their own. They are only 4 & 2 but will sit in there room flipping through books for long periods of time, which may be the most adorable thing ever. I asked my daughter if she liked the toy store or library more & she immediately answered "library". I cannot love that enough!

So here's what I've been reading:

A Gentleman in Moscow

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Author: Amor Towles
Publisher: Viking

Goodreads Summary: In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

On My Nightstand // Dec 2017

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I'm joining Modern Mrs.Darcy for another month of sharing what I have read or am currently reading! It was actually a short month for books as I ended up finishing what I posted in November or continued some of my work reading. Hopefully over the holidays & going into January I'll be reading a lot more!

Class Mom // Laurie Gelman

This was a total "chick lit" read for moms & I loved every second. It's a quick but entertaining read - kind of perfect for this busy time of year. The main character reminded me of Lorelei Gilmore, so if there's any fellow Gilmore Girls fans reading this it will make you enjoy it that much more.

Hillbilly Elegy

Author: J.D. Vance
Publisher: Harper

Goodreads Summary: From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream.

The Buzz // 11.21.17

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How is it already Thanksgiving week? While I am pretty excited for the holidays it definitely has creeped up on me! Today will be my daughter's first Thanksgiving school lunch, which I'm pretty psyched about going to. And then we're off to visit my parents in Williamsburg.

As an only child these holidays were always fairly quiet around my house & while I'm sure my own children will take care of that quiet part I do like how fairly relaxed it is. We have some crafts, a tablecloth to color in (no fancy linens for the almost 2 & 4 year old!) & may go down to Colonial Williamsburg to walk around. Just good ol' family time, taking it easy & enjoying the beginning of a hopefully not too stressful holiday season.

So Happy Thanksgiving & here's some book related links to relax with:

All the Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr
Publisher: Scribner

Goodreads Summary: Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. 

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

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