Add some great book recommendations to your TBR list this summer! | Mentoring in the Middle

Add some great book recommendations to your TBR list this summer!

I finished these three books in the last few months and I'd recommend any as a great summertime read!  I'm not usually a fast-paced thriller kind of reader, but these kept me turning pages!

The Maid by Nita Prose is one I finished just last week and it made such an impression on me.  If you're looking for a light-hearted murder mystery with lots of moving parts - some realistic and others not so much - have at it.  Molly is a neurodivergent maid at the Regency Grand Hotel, who enjoys and is very good at cleaning.  One day, she walks into a hotel room and discovers the guest in bed, dead.  As she speaks out about what she saw, bewilderingly, she becomes a prime suspect.  Quickly she learns that there are people at the hotel who have her back.  Just not the ones she thought.

The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon is a work of historical fiction based on the diary of a midwife in Maine who wrote about events in a town on the Kennebec River in the late 1700s.  Martha Ballard, taught to read and write by her husband, is a respected midwife in the area.  One evening, after delivering a baby, she is asked to identify the cause of death of a man whose body was found frozen in the river.  A well-respected man, who was accused several months earlier, of rape.  Her detailed notes and careful assessments come up against the new doctor in town, a Harvard-educated man who disagrees with nearly every finding she comes up with.  As the trial for the other rapist comes closer, Martha's beliefs are challenged by many.  An excellent book that will have you rooting for the good guys!

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley is a fast-paced thriller written for YA.  This wasn't a book I expected to enjoy as much as I did; it's a rom-com thriller that's a bit light on reality but fun, anyway.  Daunis Fontaine is a biracial, unenrolled member of the tribe, who goes undercover to work with the FBI after the death of her best friend.  Of course, one of the FBI agents is young, hot, and well, you get where this is going.  Drug addiction is a real threat to the community and Daunis wants to do what she can to help out.  The book has got a lot of hard truths in it!  I appreciated learning about the Ojibwe community's traditions, language, and medicinal herbs.  This is an #OwnVoices book.

I hope you get a chance to read some of these this summer.  Any books already on your TBR list that you want to share with me?  I'm always looking for good books to read!

P.S.  Have  you read Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros?  I'm reading it right now.  What fun!

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