The Dutch Wife By Ellen Keith
Patrick Crean Editions, 400 pages, $22.99
This sterling debut from recent University of British Columbia MFA grad Ellen Keith is set in Nazi Germany, and is dedicated to the author’s grandmother, “who lived and lost during the war and left everything behind in pursuit of love.” The book follows a young violinist, Marijke de Graaf, a member of the Dutch resistance, who’s captured in Amsterdam with her professor husband and sent to a concentration camp. Once there, Marijke is forced to choose between likely death in a harrowing labour camp and the soul-destroying assignment of working in a brothel, servicing prisoners as a reward for productivity. She chooses the brothel, believing it’s located in the camp her husband has been sent to, and that each man who visits her bed will provide a priceless opportunity to track him down. But one night, a man appears who changes everything — her circumstances, her marriage and, ultimately, the course of her entire life. A well-researched, supremely absorbing tale that shines a light on the horrors of humanity.
The Home for Unwanted Girls By Joanna Goodman
Harper Paperbacks, 384 pages, $33.50
Joanna Goodman, the Toronto author of The Finishing School, based this new novel in part on her own mother’s story — and you can feel that current of emotion running throughout it. The novel opens in 1950 in a small town southeast of Montreal, during the brutal Duplessis years, or “The Great Darkness,” a time of great tension between the English and French. Maggie Hughes, daughter of an English store owner and a feisty French woman, feels torn between these two worlds — until her love for a French farm boy neighbour forces her hand. Fifteen and pregnant, Maggie is shipped away to live with family, who ultimately take the baby to a convent, not knowing what will be in store for little Elodie in the coming years, as the orphanages are converted to mental institutions. A heart-wrenching saga of love and loss that’s not to be missed.
Bachelor Girl By Kim Van Alkemade
Touchstone, 416 pages, $24.99
New York Times bestselling author Kim Van Alkemade, of Orphan #8 fame, returns with another blockbuster book, this time set in Manhattan’s Jazz Age. Inspired by real events of the time, the story centres on three characters, Helen Winthrope, a young actress; Colonel Jacob Ruppert, the millionaire owner of the New York Yankees; and Albert Kramer, his personal secretary. Each harbours their own secrets and, as this page-turner progresses, the threesome becomes more and more intertwined, in the process exposing haunting realities around class, gender, race and sexual orientation.
Songs of Love and War By Santa Montefiore
Simon and Schuster UK, 560 pages, $22.00
This Irish epic — the first of a trilogy — was previously released in the UK (and in the U.S. as The Girl in the Castle), becoming an international bestseller. And with good reason. The sweeping tale, which dates back to 1910, follows three friends growing up in the hills of Co. Cork, Ireland. Kitty Deverill is the granddaughter of the Anglo-Irish Lord and Lady Deverill, raised at their idyllic castle in the countryside. Bridie Doyle is the daughter of the castle’s cook, and Kitty’s secret friend. And young Jack O’Leary is son of the family who originally owned the land, until King Charles II took it from them — and whose ancestor, a witch named Maggie O’Leary, has put a curse on the castle until it’s returned. As the story unfolds and rebellion breaks out across the country, the friends’ three lives intertwine in ways both tender and tragic. Impossible to put down.
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