Ron Rash’s The Cove

From Frank: Just like everyone in the store I loved The Cove by Ron Rash, Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick, A Good American by Alex George, and A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash.

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Maryann McFadden’s The Book Lover

From Frank: Maryann McFadden, author of The Richest Season, is back with her third novel about self publishing and book selling with all the twists of marriage, divorce and forbidden love. When Lucinda Barrett’s husband destroys their marriage in a shocking betrayal, she’s left with nothing but the shattered remnants of her life– and her novel. Desperate to keep one last dream alive, she sets out on a 1,000 mile journey to get it into the hands of readers– one bookstore at a time. Ruth Hardaway knows all about shattered dreams. For the last 30 years she’s devoted her life to her store, The Book Lover, trying to bury her painful past. When Ruth discovers Lucy’s novel, their lives intertwine as they move steadily toward the revelation of long-hidden secrets.

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Robert Olmstead’s Coal Black Horse

From Frank: Robert Olmstead author of Coal Black Horse, one of my all time favorites, is back with a new novel The Coldest Night, in which he follows the third generation of this family to war and back. Henry Childs is just 17 when he falls into an intense love affair with Mercy, but when her father threatens his life, Henry runs as far as he can and enters combat at the height of the Korean War. Ask me for more. [Ed. note: I fully concur. Disclosure: another Algonquin novel. The war scenes in this novel are terrific, Tim O’Brien good.]

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