In this well-told story set during World War II, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off without a cent after behaving disgracefully at a party. Anxious to redeem themselves and reinstate their allowance, the couple travels to Scotland to prove Ellis’s father’s discredited sighting of the Loch Ness monster. Hank, Ellis’s best friend, decides to go along. As Ellis and Hank go out every day to search for Nessie, Maddie is left alone to recover from their grueling trip. She soon discovers that Ellis has his own secrets and that the monster in Loch Ness is not the one she should fear.
In this delightful novel based on the character created by Jane Austen, McCall Smith introduces us to an Emma Woodhouse for the 21st century. Emma has just graduated with a degree in interior design and returns home, determined to help her friends find their true loves. As much of a meddler and as headstrong as Austen’s character, McCall Smith’s Emma is as entertaining and likeable.
A stand – alone novel by the author of the Masie Dobbs series, the book was written to coincide with the anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. Newlyweds Tom and Kezia Brissenden are separated when Tom goes off to fight in a war that will be over by Christmas. In an effort to keep his spirits up, Kezia’s letters to him are filled with details about imaginary meals she prepares for him, never letting him know about the government’s demands on the farm or wartime food shortages. Meanwhile her best friend and Tom’s sister, Thea, is having problems of her own as a suffragette and pacifist. Fearing arrest, Thea volunteers to go to France as an ambulance driver. There she meets Kezia’s father, Reverend Marchant, who is ministering to the soldiers. Well told and beautifully written.
Rachel commutes to London every day on the train, and sees a happy couple she names “Jess” and “Jason.” She fantasizes a happy marriage for them – one she lost. Then Jess turns up missing, and Rachel reaches out to Jason. Told by Rachel, Jess/Megan, and Anna (Rachel’s ex-husband’s wife), Hawkins gives us a psychological thriller reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock.