Lisa Says… It’s Time for Beach Reads!

By Lisa Hamilton

The Midwife's Confession
The Midewife’s Confession
by Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain is a bestselling author of 19 novels; her latest is The Midwife’s Confession. Set in North Carolina, Tara, Emerson and Noelle are lifelong friends from high school and college and spend their lives together with their growing families at home, at work and everywhere in between. At the beginning of the novel, Noelle, a midwife, commits suicide. Noelle normally embraced life as she brought it into the world almost daily. The only hint Tara and Emerson find to unraveling Noelle’s mysteries is a letter found in her belongings. Chamberlain writes a beautiful novel about friendships and family ties and love and loss. The reader will be intrigued to the bitter end trying to follow the twists and turns of this bittersweet story.

The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain, is a compelling tale of Earnest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson in the 1920s. Hemingway struggled early in his career and was a moody, yet exciting, man who took Hadley to Paris to begin their lives. There, they socialize with the likes of Gertrude Stein, Erza Pound and F. Scott Fitzgerald. A once sheltered and introverted woman, Hadley comes into her own as Hemingway’s wife. The Hemingways’ extraordinary bond is tested and a deception is revealed that will lead to the “unraveling of everything.” The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would have “rather died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.”

Silver Girl
Silver Girl
by Elin Hilderbrand

Everyone knows the story of the man who cheated investors out of billions of dollars, but not many may have considered the circumstances and the devastation he brought to his own family. Silver Girl, by Elin Hilderbrand, delivers a heartbreaking and suspenseful story of Meredith Delin who lost everything when her husband was convicted and charged with scamming the fortunes of families and friends. Practically homeless, Meredith escapes to a friend’s beautiful home on Nantucket to hideout and rebuild relationships of long ago. Hilderbrand gives an accurate description of the pain and humiliation a wife might feel when betrayed in so many ways by the man she thought she knew and loved.

Book lovers alert! The First Presbyterian Church Summer Book Club will be reading Nowhere Else on Earth by Josephine Humphreys. The author will be at FPC Tuesday, June 7 for a book signing, discussion and lunch beginning at 11:30 am. Call 843-448-4496 for reservations.

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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