1. Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury This is the book that was mentioned in Take Four where they were planning on making a film of the book. This is about an autistic boy who finds his childhood friend who is dating one of the most popular boys in school at the beginning of the book. Ella, has won the lead in the school play where she runs into Holden, who is autistic and her best friend when she was younger. This book shows the struggle that his parents go through in dealing with his autism. Ella’s family also experiences struggles as her mother is trying to keep her husband at home and her dad is trying to hold onto his struggling baseball career.
2. Cocktails for Three by Madeline Wickham This is about three women who get together once a month for cocktails at London’s trendiest bar. The three women are best friends though each of them carries a secret which comes out in the book. Roxanne is currently dating a married man with children and at the beginning of the book her two friends do not know the identity of the man though it is later revealed in the book. Her two friends are surprised when they discover who Roxanne’s lover is. She is starting to regret not having her own children since her married lover won’t leave his wife and children for her especially with her friend Maggie expecting her first child. Maggie is married and living out in the country plus she is the editor of Londoner magazine which all three women work for. The book starts out with her last day of work before she goes on maternity leave and she has a tough decision to make whether or not to return to work. Her decision is revealed at the end of the book though it doesn’t come too much as a surprise to the readers. Candice has the reputation of being the good girl who is trusting of everyone though she does hold a dark secret from her past which she comes face to face with when she runs into a person from her past.
3. Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes This book is about self-centered Lisa Edwards who is expecting to be sent to New York instead she is sent to Dublin in order to launch a new magazine, Colleen. At first she sees the assignment to Dublin as a punishment since it is in the middle of nowhere however as she gets to know the area and the people she changes her perception. She is hiding the fact from her coworkers that she is married and is divorcing her husband until later on when her estranged husband shows up. They split up on the issue of children. She thought that she had wanted them as an accessory until she learns the truth of motherhood. She gets her husband to change his mind about having children when she wants them and he still wants them. This is a good book for the childfree since she does not change her mind about having children by the end of the book. Ashling Kennedy Colleen’s assistant editor is going through relationship issues of her own since she had broken up with her long time boyfriend since he wasn’t interested in marriage. She is envious of her friend Clodagh Kelly who is a married stay at home mother of two children. However Clodagh is envious of her friend Ashling where she is interested in having an affair in order to bring back the spice in her life. In the book we do find out more about Ashling’s and Clodagh’s past relationship with Clodagh’s husband.
4. Everyone’s Guide to Demons and Spiritual Warfare by Ron Phillips This book is a study guide to help the Christian to be able to discover the demons of the world and how to combat them. The author has some interesting theories about what demons are and what type of damage they can cause that you would never think about. Some of the issues that he states are caused by demonic influence is more complicated than they are being caused by the devil.
5. South of Broad by Pat Conroy This book is written from the experience of Leo King and the group of friends that he meets the summer before his senior year. This group of friends come from varying backgrounds such as from an old Southern family to a couple of backwoods orphans. The two of them stay friends for over twenty years when they travel to San Francisco to bring back one of their own who is suffering from AIDS. Hurricane Hugo comes at the end of the book and the author has different reactions to the oncoming storm. In the beginning of the book, Leo finds out the truth about his parent’s love affair and his mother’s past as a nun. At the end of the book Leo finds out the truth behind his brother Steve’s suicide.
6. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells Siddalee Walker enlists her mother’s help with a play that she is writing. Her mother and her friends are wild and eccentric in their own way in a time when the only options that a woman had in the south was to marry and have babies. During this time Siddalee learns more about who her mother was. She also learns the truth about what happened during one of her mother’s more violent episodes instead of just getting her point of view of the incident.
7. Restless Hearts by Marta Perry
8. Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser This book tells the history of George Washington from the viewpoint of his wife, Martha. It describes the struggles that women went through during this time in American history. She also describes the struggles that the couple went through with the couple not having their own children.