4 books to read in February 2021

1.Adorable Duke (by Elizabeth Boyle) – is the first enchanting book in the series Love Rhymes by Elizabeth Boyle, author of numerous New York Times bestsellers
A curse hangs over the women of the small, English village of Kempton. The curse is explained as follows: if women marry, that marriage will end in tragedy. That’s a great excuse for Tabitha Timmons not to get married. Tabitha has the worst opinion of marriage. Her life changes completely at one point. She learns that she has inherited a fortune that she will receive only if she marries the esteemed Mr. Barkworth. She realizes that this marriage would allow her to escape from hated relatives and gains the much desired security. Tabithi finds the Duke of Preston on his way. The Duke of Preston recognizes in her a rebellious spirit equal to his own. He takes on the task of rescuing Tabitha from a marriage in which there is no love. The Duke intervenes in Tabitha’s life at every turn. The name Preston is a name synonymous with doom, Tabitha finds herself torn between an arranged secure marriage and a ducal kiss, which promises a completely different ending. http://www.elizabethboyle.com
Elizabeth Boyle has written about 30 historical-love novels, New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers. Before becoming a successful writer, Elizabeth worked in legal affairs at Microsoft. Her first novel, “Brazen Angel,” won the Dell’s Diamond Debut Award and the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best First Book. This was followed by nominations and awards for her work – Bookseller’s Best Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, Romantic Times Love and Laughter Award and many others.

2.‘Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982’ (by Cho Nam-joo) – is a novel that many readers have not yet read. This novel has sparked an avalanche of criticism in South Korea. The novel became one of the initiators of a new wave of feminism in that state.
Kim is a thirty-year-old woman. She recently left a mediocre job to care for her newborn daughter. The female name Kim is the most popular name for female children. Kim Jiyoung leaves the job of taking care of the child. This is an example of a typical women’s path in South Korea.
This transition was expected for Kim. She is starting to show one creepy, unusual side effect that scares her husband and everyone around her. Jiyoung begins to imitate and perform the voices of other women. Some of these women have died, some are alive, some are known for Kim, some women Kim has never seen. This psychosis devours the heroine of the novel more deeply. That is why Kim is increasingly speaking out other people’s thoughts and destinies. Such a situation forces her husband to send her to a male psychiatrist. During these encounters with the psychiatrist, readers begin to discover the whole, long and difficult path that Jiyoung has brought to this moment where she is now. They learn that Kim’s behavior was dictated by the male figures she met throughout her life. From her father’s perspective, she blames herself for why men abused her and why her husband thinks it is only logical that after the birth of a daughter, he dedicates himself only to her and leaves the job. Through Jiyounging life, we begin to discover a new dimension of Korea with many laws taken from reality. These laws shape the daily lives of women and their families in so many ways.
Literary critics praised the described experience of writer Cho Nam-Joo. It can be the experience of any or any woman, especially in socially conservative South Korea. The book was published at the very moment when the international #MeToo movement began to be born. This movement in Korea culminates in the largest ever women protests in the history of 2018. The novel ‘Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982’ was a big part of the inspiration behind the movement. In 2019, a film was made based on the novel, which equally provoked condemnation of the author and the actors who agreed to act in the film.

3.What makes an apple? (by Amos Oz) -is the most personal book of the great Israeli writer. Oz died at the very end of 2018, and the book was published in Israel in 2019.
The subtitle is “Six Conversations on Writing, Love, Guilt, and Other Pleasures”. These are carefully selected interviews in which the essence of the lifelong dialogue that the great writer had with himself and the world around him is captured. Conversations the writer had with his Israeli editor and longtime friend Shira Hadad are bound. The book is in a way an intimate portrait of Amos Oz. In it, among other things, he talks about why he changed his name after his mother’s suicide, which is one of the topics he dealt with in his anthological novel “A Tale of Love and Darkness”.
In “What Makes an Apple?” he also talks about why writing a novel is the same as building the whole of Paris from matches and glue, how he thinks about love and sex, feminism and fanaticism, the past and the future … He also answers the question of whether literature can change man, can change the world. The book brings Oz’s thoughts on childhood, growing up, important books and authors, on the creative process and inspiration, on issues of love and marriage, politics and religion, parenthood, aging and death …
“What makes an apple? Water, soil, sun, apple tree and a little fertilizer. But an apple is not like any of those things. An apple is made from these substances but it is not like them. So it is with a story that is certainly made up of the sum of encounters, experiences and listening, ”writes Oz.
David Grossman, an important Israeli author and close friend of Oz for decades for “What Makes an Apple?” he says it is a book that “reveals Amos Oz as we, his friends, knew him: open and with an incredible sense of humor and irony.”

4.’Child’ (by Fiona Barton) is a thriller and psychological novel translated into 35 world languages. The plot of the novel is about the consequences of a long-term silent abuse from the pen of Fiona Barton, which is read in one breath. http://www.fionabartonauthor.com
While demolishing an old house in London, a worker discovers a small skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story worthy of attention. He decides to write a newspaper article in which he does not give answers, but asks the question: who is the baby from the construction site? Seeking answers, Waters discovers a connection to a crime that plagued the city decades before. Then the newborn was stolen from the maternity ward. The loss completely broke the parents. The child was never found. The search for answers connects three women. It reveals a lot more. Kate will have to decide what she can and cannot share with the public. The crime novel “Child” is the second novel by Fiona Barton by a British bestseller. Barton has been translated all over the world and praised for its complex characters and excellent but compelling storytelling.
Fiona Barton worked as an award-winning journalist for the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Mail on Sunday before writing prose. In her journalistic work, she found inspiration for “Child”, about which she pointed out:
“When I was a journalist, always looking for topics, I used to cut out articles from newspapers and then put them in a bag. These were usually texts with basic information, but I was interested in unanswered questions: “Who?” Or “Why?” So many years ago I saved the text about the found remains of a child. Like Kate, I wanted to know who that baby was, why it happened and who else knew … “
The author never wrote an article about the case while working as a journalist. So she devoted herself to the case in a book. The result is a great novel, which quickly became a bestseller. Writer Claire Mackintosh wrote, “Smart and Irresistible,” and writer Lee Child wrote, “Tense and Challenging.” Definitely a book not to be missed. “
Compliments have been given by many critics. Entertainment Weekly said it was a “slow-burning portrait of loss and survival.”



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