Spring Book Club Selections

Today’s post by Marybeth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon | @MarybethWhalen and @ArielLawhon

Spring Books

The weather is growing warm again. The sun is beginning to make regular appearances. Flowers are budding. And we are back with two fabulous book club selections. Yes, it’s been a while but we like to think these two books are worth the wait. One of them is by an all-time favorite author and the other a debut. Both are beautifully written. Captivating. Memorable. Both explore the dynamics of love and family. Both will leave you with your heart in your throat. You will go for a voyage on the famed Queen Mary and then you will search for a missing husband. You will, we believe, be unable to look away as these stories unfold before you.

So, without further ado, we give you our spring book club selections:


Bridge Across the OceanA BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN by Susan Meissner

Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women—past and present—in the latest novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life.
February, 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Résistance spy.

Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic and be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly-held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. When the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark…

Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides—and will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings.

**Read an excerpt of A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN here.


Almost Missed YouALMOST MISSED YOU by Jessica Strawser

Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always.

They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.

So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach—just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.

Caitlin and Finn have been best friends since way back when, but when Finn shows up on Caitlin’s doorstep with the son he’s wanted for kidnapping, demands that she hide them from the authorities, and threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy her own family if she doesn’t, Caitlin faces an impossible choice.

Told through alternating viewpoints of Violet, Finn and Caitlin, Jessica Strawser’s Almost Missed You is a powerful story of a mother’s love, a husband’s betrayal, connections that maybe should have been missed, secrets that perhaps shouldn’t have been kept, and spaces between what’s meant to be and what might have been.

**Read an excerpt of ALMOST MISSED YOU here.

7 Responses to Spring Book Club Selections

  1. Heather Adams April 4, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    I haven’t read Meissner’s new one yet – I’ve been saving it up. Silly, huh?

  2. Debbi Faust April 6, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    YAY! I love to join in when you have book club selections.

  3. Helen @ My Novel Opinion April 10, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    I’m so looking forward to reading these choices. Both great picks for the Spring Season!

  4. laura agnella July 28, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    Finished it in two sittings. Loved it. Almost Missed You was one of my favorite books of spring. I couldn’t find the link up so my review is at the link below.




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