Lisa Says… It’s “Beach Read” Season

By Lisa Hamilton

It’s “beach read” season, and, this month, Sasee has something for everyone!

Salomé
by Patti Rutka

The story of Salomé has been told through the ages and is written in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Patti Rutka delves into the biblical story and looks beyond the beheading of John the Baptist and what circumstances could have played a part in this moral dilemma. Rutka is a theology student in Maine and does a good job painting a clear picture of life in Israel in the first century. If you enjoyed The Red Tent and enjoy historical, religious fiction, Salomé is a quick read and a reminder of one of the oldest stories of power, lust, revenge and love.

The Lies We Told
by Diane Chamberlain

The Lies We Told will be a favorite summer read; it’s regional with realistic events and reminders of the devastation and destruction hurricanes can impose on our homes and families. Two sisters in a North Carolina town witnessed their parents’ murder as teenagers. Both are now physicians: Maya is a doctor in a safe, reliable practice while Becca works for a non profit organization. Told from both sisters’ viewpoints, Chamberlain writes a touching story filled with tragedy and hope. An in depth account of disaster relief and unlikely outcomes will have you wanting to read more from this Southern novelist.

A Reliable Wife
by Robert Goolrick

Set in rural Wisconsin in the early 1900s where people go mad from the cold, harsh winters; A Reliable Wife brings on the heat. Suspenseful, thrilling, dark and often unsettling, Goolrick’s debut novel has all the elements to compel you to turn page after page. Ralph Truitt is the wealthiest man in town who orders up a mail order bride after twenty years of grief and loneliness. Catherine Land lends all the wickedness as the unforgettable heroine in a chilling tale of lies and deception. This book is filled with shocks and surprises that are intense and frightening. It promises to leave you pondering good and evil, one way or another.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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