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Subject: Need a gift suggestion
Date Posted: 12/14/2014 7:09 PM ET
Member Since: 3/27/2010
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Hello, hello! I haven't posted in forever, but I've been lurking. :) My MIL borrowed some books from me a while back and asked if I could find her more like them. But the two that I gave her, she didn't like. I need some suggestions, please! 

She really loved Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and Molokai by Alan Brennert. 

She admittedly doesn't give books very long before she'll ditch them. She ditched The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Book Thief, and Ireland (Frank Delaney).  She enjoyed People of the Book - which is what throws me because the ones she ditched I loved, but I had a hard time loving People of the Book...

I was thinking One Thousand White Women? But I don't remember if that's a slow-start book or not. Any other recommendations if your tastes are similar to hers? Thank you!

Date Posted: 12/14/2014 9:52 PM ET
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Alan Brennert also wrote "Honolulu" which might be a safe bet.  I thought One Thousand White Women had a good beginning.  Maybe try Sandra Dallas, especially "The Diary of Mattie Spenser" or "The Persian Pickle Club."  She might also enjoy "The Dovekeepers" by Alice Hoffman.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 12/15/2014 6:58 AM ET
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A possibility:  The Orphan Train


Date Posted: 12/15/2014 11:48 PM ET
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Thank you, I will check these out! :)