Lucia, Lucia

Lucia, Lucia, like all of Trigiani’s books, includes themes of family and tradition.  It is set in New York City, just after World War II has ended.  Lucia is the only daughter of an Italian grocer.  Her brothers, loud and rambunctious, work for her father, while she is allowed to work as a seamstress at a high-end department store.  Lucia loves her family and culture, but struggles to make peace between responsibility and a desire to be more.

The List

Like the best chick lit, Adrienne meets a handsome, mysterious man who keeps her guessing. She wants the love story, but she also wants to make a name for herself.  In pursuit of both goals, hijinks, intrigue, and adventure ensues.

Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis

Elizabeth Letts is the Marguerite Henry of today, and for grown-ups.  Much like Henry, she writes books about horses that are so very much more.  I had the book release date marked on my calendar, and it was even more exciting to get it because I was finally travelling to Vienna, and my date with the Lipizzaners, a few months later.  I was not disappointed.

Past Imperfect

This book felt glittery and hopeful and wistful.  It was a love letter to a different time that lamented the best of what was lost while acknowledging how much was also gained.  If you are interested in British society and aristocracy, the swinging 60’s, or gentle (and sometimes harsh) character studies, this book is for you.