The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker. I am a sucker for beautiful book cover artwork. This cover drew me in and although this book had a very slow start, I am so glad that I stuck with it. Once I made it through the first 70 pages, it got interesting and captivating quickly. I was hooked. A beautiful love story has the power to do that. [The love story was beautiful and compelling without being TOO graphic, though there is some sensuality, but it's portrayed in an innocent/not raunchy way. It was lovely!]
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio. Here's my Goodreads review: "I enjoyed this book, especially because it takes place on beautiful Bainbridge Island, a place I love to visit. This book that flashes between the present and the past and weaves a mysterious story, captured my interest early in the first few pages. A quick, easy, enjoyable read with just enough love story to qualify as a nostalgic romance."
Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner. This is what I am currently reading, another book whose cover art grabbed my attention in the bookstore. I'm only a quarter way into it, but so far it's holding my attention and I am especially loving the author's use of a Russian immigrants voice. Here's the plot summary:
"Set in New York's Russian émigré community, Vaclav & Lena is a timeless love story from a stunningly gifted young novelist.
Vaclav and Lena, both the children of Russian émigrés, are at the same time from radically different worlds. While Vaclav's burgeoning love of performing magic is indulged by hard-working parents pursuing the American dream, troubled orphan Lena is caught in a domestic situation no child should suffer through. Taken in as one of her own by Vaclav's big-hearted mother, Lena might finally be able to blossom; in the naive young magician's eyes, she is destined to be his "faithful assistant"...but after a horrific discovery, the two are ripped apart without even a goodbye. Years later, they meet again. But will their past once more conspire to keep them apart?"
**I also wanted to give an update on a couple of previous books I talked about. On my last literature update, I was reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I ended up with very mixed feelings about this book and you can read my review here.
Have you read anything great recently?