Pride and Prejudice crossed with Upstairs Downstairs. Story of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of the servants. Wonderful details of life in the early 1800s England when the gentry did not work, and the servants worked very hard.
Set in rural Manitowoc County mainly 1994-95. What happens to a family when the son is a suspect in the disappearance of his teen girlfriend? The author gets the right feel for the rural Wisconsin setting and for the individual characters.
Not the book by the same title by Kate Atkinson that got a lot of buzz, but I liked this one better. Thoughtful and moving book with a surprising twist at the end that centers on a woman who volunteers at a retirement home.
Main character Trudy is from a middle class Milwaukee German American family when she decides to marry Oskar and move to a lighthouse in California, but there are secrets that change Trudy's life in ways she did not expect.
Urban fantasy set in the future of an alternate history of London which is controlled by an authoritarian organization called Scion and where clairvoyance is a crime. Paige is a rare clairvoyant who is captured and sent to a prison run by otherworldly beings called the Rephaim. Dark. Violent. Harry Potter for grown-ups.
Don is a genetics professor in Australia who has Asperger syndrome and no luck in dating but wants to find and marry the right woman. Then Rosie comes into his life for help in finding her "real" father. Lots of funny incidents as they collect DNA samples and get to know one another. Endearing characters. Funny and enjoyable.
Paula is a middle-age Greek American living in New York. She ends up with the dog of man who was a childhood acquaintance and decides to take the dog with her on a road trip. She ends up working at a wildlife rehabilitation center. Good story of self-realization and the influence of animals in our lives.