Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks! And audiobooks. Don’t forget audiobooks!
I saw this cover on Carla @ Carlalovestoread and knew I had to read this one! That naughty dog on the cover sold it for me!
Synopsis: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine meets Early Morning Riser with a dash of Where’d You Go, Bernadette in this very funny, occasionally romantic, and surprisingly moving novel about how one woman’s life is turned upside down when she becomes caregiver to her sister with special needs.
Every family has its fault lines, and when Maggie gets a call from the ER in Maryland where her older sister lives, the cracks start to appear. Ginny, her sugar-loving and diabetic older sister with intellectual disabilities, has overdosed on strawberry Jell-O.
Maggie knows Ginny really can’t live on her own, so she brings her sister and her occasionally vicious dog to live near her in upstate New York. Their other sister, Betsy, is against the idea but as a professional surfer, she is conveniently thousands of miles away.
Thus, Maggie’s life as a caretaker begins. It will take all of her dark humor and patience, already spread thin after a separation, raising two boys, freelancing, and starting a dating life, to deal with Ginny’s diapers, sugar addiction, porn habit, and refusal to cooperate. Add two devoted but feuding immigrant aides and a soon-to-be ex-husband who just won’t go away, and you’ve got a story that will leave you laughing through your tears as you wonder who is actually taking care of whom.
I like that this is about a stand-up comic in Chicago during WWII.
Synopsis: Franny Steinberg knows there’s powerful magic in laughter. She’s witnessed it. With the men of Chicago off fighting WWII on distant shores, Franny has watched the women of the city taking charge of the war effort. But amidst the war bond sales and factory shifts, something surprising has emerged, something Franny could never have expected. A new marvel that has women flocking to comedy clubs across the nation: the Showstopper.
When Franny steps into Chicago’s Blue Moon comedy club, she realizes the power of a Showstopper—that specific magic sparked when an audience laughs so hard, they are momentarily transformed. And while each comedian’s Showstopper is different, they all have one thing in common: they only work on women.
After a traumatic flashback propels her onstage in a torn bridesmaid dress, Franny discovers her own Showstopper is something new. And suddenly she has the power to change everything…for herself, for her audience, and for the people who may need it most.
This looks good and already has some good reviews, as does her previous book.
Synopsis: A poignant and ultimately triumphant novel based on the incredible true story of children who braved the formidable danger of guarded, wintry mountain passes in France to escape the Nazis, from the acclaimed author of Courage, My Love.
Southern France, 1942.
In a remote corner of France, Jewish refugee Ella Rosenthal has finally found a safe haven. It has been three years since she and her little sister, Hanni, left their parents to flee Nazi Germany, and they have been pursued and adrift in the chaos of war ever since. Now, they shelter among one hundred other young refugees in a derelict castle overseen by the Swiss Red Cross.
Swiss volunteers Rösli Näf and Anne-Marie Piguet uphold a common mission: to protect children in peril. Rösli, a stubborn and resourceful nurse, directs the colony of Château de la Hille, and has created a thriving community against all odds. Anne-Marie, raised by Swiss foresters, becomes both caretaker and friend to the children, and she vows to do whatever is necessary to keep them safe.
However, when Germany invades southern France, safeguarding Jewish refugees becomes impossible. Château de la Hille faces unrelenting danger, and Rösli and Anne-Marie realize that the only way to protect the eldest of their charges is to smuggle them out of France. Relying on Rösli’s fierce will and Anne-Marie’s knowledge of secret mountain paths, they plot escape routes through vast Nazi-occupied territory to the distant border. Amid staggering risk, Ella and Hanni embark on a journey that, if successful, could change the course of their lives and grant them a future.
I usually enjoy books by Danielle Steel, but this one intrigues me even more as it’s about the Country Singing world. And that cover! 💕
Synopsis: In this heartfelt novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel, a young woman with an unforgettable voice fights for the freedom to pursue her dreams.
Iris Cooper has been singing ever since she can remember, hitting the high notes like no one else. When she is twelve, her father convinces the owner of a bar in Lake City, Texas, to let her perform, and she stuns the audience. In the ensuing years, never staying anywhere for long, father and daughter move from one dusty town to the next, her passion for music growing every time she takes the mike in another roadhouse.
But it is not an easy life for Iris with her father in charge and using her income to pay for gambling, women, and booze. When she starts to tour at age eighteen, she takes on a real manager. Yet he exploits her too, and the singers and musicians she tours with are really the only family she has. It is they who give Iris the courage to finally fly free, leave the tour, and follow her dreams.
After years of enduring the hardships of the road, exploitation, and abuse to do what she loves, Iris’s big chance comes as her talent soars. But at the top at last, Iris still has to fight every step of the way. In The High Notes, Danielle Steel delivers an inspiring story about finding the strength to stand up for yourself and your dreams, no matter what it takes.
I love a cover with dogs on it. And I’ve read a book by Lizzie Shane before and enjoyed it. I like the P&P theme as well.
Synopsis: Struggling to find her modern-day Mr. Darcy, a Jane Austen fan gets more than she bargained for when she swears off men and adopts an adorable puppy.
Dr. Charlotte Rodriguez is single—again—and she blames Jane Austen. She made brooding, aloof men sound oh sodreamy. But after years of failing to find her own Mr. Darcy, Charlotte decides it’s time to swear off dating. She’s going to lavish all her love and affection on someone who actually deserves it: her new puppy, Bingley.
And there’s no one better to give her pet advice than her neighbor and coworker George Leneghan. He’s quiet and patient and, best of all, way too sweet to ever be her type. But as their friendly banter turns flirty, the unimaginable happens—Charlotte starts catching feelings.
Just as Charlotte is trying to untangle what it is she truly wants, George announces he’s contemplating a cross-country move. Suddenly, Charlotte wonders if she’s kept her soulmate in the friend zone so long that she’s entirely missed her chance at a happily ever after. Dear Reader, could it be possible she’s had it wrong all this time?
That’s all I have for this week. Have you read any of these books? What’s on your list to read? Comment below!
Great additions! I hope you will enjoy these. xx
Thank you, Yvonne!
When Franny Stands Up reminds me a lot of some tv show my mom is always talking about. But I cannot remember the name. It’s Mrs. Something… drawing a blank but it sounds like a similar premise.
I love the cover for The Frederick Sisters are Living the Dream! 🐕
Why Franny Stands Up sounds really interesting. 📘
The High Notes looks good. Hope you enjoy it!
Thank you, Rachel. I’m really looking forward to it.
I also got Winter Orphans widget. I hope we both enjoy it.
I hope so too!
Looks like a fun stack of books. Hope you enjoy.
Thank you, Mark!
That Danielle Steel cover made me stop and go back. Enjoy
It’s such a pretty cover!
A lot of these sound like they’ll be so good. The one I’m most interested in out of these is The Winter Orphans.
I’m hoping it’s as good as it looks!
What a promising stack you got this week. I think Pride and Puppies will be a sweetie and the Winter Orphans already tugs at my heart.
Thank you, Sophia!
Ah, there are two on your shelf that I’m going to add to my TBR list. I have read a few Danielle Steel books, but it’s been a long time. I love country music and I really enjoyed the Danielle Steele books I read, so I’m adding “The High Notes” to my TBR list. Also, I’ll read anything having to do with Pride and Prejudice, so I’m adding “Pride and Puppies” too! 🙂
Thank you! I mostly love Danielle Steel books, so I have high hopes for The High Notes
I hope you enjoy your interesting new reads!
Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post
Thank you, Anne!
Ooh, Pride and Puppies is new to me, but is now on my TBR! Thanks for sharing these, hope you enjoy them!
Thank you, Lisa!
This looks like a fun haul. I hope you enjoy them all.
Thank you, Deanna!
I can never resist a book that has a dog on the cover! All of these look fantastic and I hope you enjoy them.
Me either! Dogs are great characters in books.
You have some great choices here, Wendy. I have The Frederick Sisters and hope we both enjoy it. I like the sound of When Franny Stands Up. A plot I have not seen in any books I have read. Checking it out for sure.
It does sound different. I hope we both enjoy The Frederick Sisters.
The Frederick Sisters sounds delightful. All the right mix to make it super interesting.
It does sound fun.
Interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about a comedian/comedy club before…
I haven’t either! I hope it’s a good one!
These all look good. I think you will enjoy them!
Thank you, Linda!
These all sound like wonderful books Wendy! I loved Lizzie Shane’s last book and this one sounds just as good. Sitting on my request hands so I have room for some holiday books but I look forward to your reviews on these.
I hope it’s good. I need to sit on some requests for a while!
Wendy = thanks for the visit. When Franny Stands Up sounds similar to the TV show Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – and that’s charming. The Winter Orphans sounds sad, disturbing, and right up my alley. 🙂 Have a great week!
Thank you, Terrie. And thanks for stopping by here!
Nice selection. Orphans sounds like a wonderful read.
Thank you, Greg!
Great haul Wendy. I love that there are two books with dogs on and in them this week🐶🐶🙂🙂
Yes! I love books with dogs in them.
Pride and Puppies looks cute! Great haul!
It does look really cute!
Looks like you’ve got some really interesting new books! The Winter Orphans sound like it’ll be absolutely amazing, but oof, guard your heart with that one.
I agree, Sammie. I think The Winter Orphans will be a tear-jerker.
The Winter Orphans looks so good! Excellent books this week.
Thank you, Rae!
Excellent haul Wendy. I have the new DS book too and I know we are going to both love it. I hope you love all of these.🤗📚💜
Thank you, Susan! I have high hopes for this DS book!
Me too Wendy!📚💜
I hope you enjoy all of these!!
Thank you, Cindy!
Great book haul this week. hope you enjoy them all 💕
Thank you, Jenny!