Winter of the Gods

When I was in High School, our teacher assigned a book of mythology.  I think I was a Sophmore, and I’m pretty sure my teacher was one of those coaches who showed up for a year and did his time before moving on to a larger school in a larger town.  An argument could be made that these teachers left for public schools because we could be difficult.  Personally, I think we would have been far better behaved if books like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians existed instead of the yawn-fest we were assigned.  Whoever compiled that book of myths had to work really hard to make it so boring.

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The Witch of Bourbon Street

The Witch of Bourbon Street had a pretty convoluted plotline, but I’ll give it a go.  Frankie is a witch from an old family who has long denied her powers.  She moves back to the family home that witnessed several mysterious deaths several generations back.  The disappearance of Frankie’s son and appearance of her long-lost daughter force Frankie to confront her past.

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.