- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara;
- Brittania by Simon Scarrow;
- Circling The Sun by Paula McLain; and
- The Lake House By Kate Moreton.
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Their greatest challenge is Jude, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome - but that will define his life forever.
Brittania by Simon Scarrow
Roman Britain, AD 52. Wounded during a skirmish, Centurion Macro remains behind in charge of the fort as Prefect Cato leads an invasion deep into the hills. Cato's mission: to cement Rome's triumph over the natives by crushing the Druid stronghold. But with winter drawing in, the terrain is barely passable through icy rain and snowstorms. When Macro's patrols report that the natives near the garrison are thinning out, a terrible suspicion takes shape in his mind. Has the acting Governor, Legate Quintatus, underestimated the enemy, his military judgement undermined by ambition?
Circling The Sun by Paula McLain
Beryl Markham was brought up in Kenya by her father, who switched between indulgence and heavy-handed authority. The scourge of governesses and serial absconder from boarding school, by the age of sixteen Beryl had been catapulted into a disastrous marriage. Scandalizing high society, she left her husband and became the first woman ever to hold a professional racehorse trainer's licence. After falling in with the hedonistic Happy Valley set, Beryl became embroiled in a complex love triangle with the writer Karen Blixen and big game-hunter Denys Finch Hatton (immortalized in Blixen's memoir Out of Africa). This unhappy affair set tragedy in motion, while awakening Beryl to her true self, and to her fate: to fly.
The Lake House by Kate Morton
June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she's also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn't. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.