Fiction Week: Mystery, Hearts, and Feathers

This weeks round up includes adventure, travel, and overcoming personal fears. It is hard to look beyond personal limitations and dare to believe that you can go, do, and become all you hope for. These books are about embracing life, even when it looks hard or completely impossible. We all deserve the opportunity to feel connection and adventure boldly into the unknown. Join me within the pages. 

A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

[This book is rated PG-13, recommended for high school and above]

I love a good mystery book and who does mystery better than Holmes and Watson. These pages introduce you to the great-great-great-grandchildren of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. This is the new generation of mystery solvers, who have a heritage that weighs on their shoulders. Charlotte Holmes is a wickedly smart, cold, addict who has been raised to carry on the family business, but finds herself sentenced to boarding school when her drug habit and emotions get the better of her.  Jamie Watson is the average teen who loves girls and writing, but plays sports to channel his anger to humor his mom. Out of the blue he receives a full-ride scholarship to an American boarding school where his life will change forever. The murder of his teammate throws Jamie and Charlotte together as crime solvers and suspects. With their lives on the line they discover that not everything is what it appears to be and someone has been pulling the strings of their lives for a long time.

This is the first book of a series of three so far. As I warned you above, this book is PG-13. It is filled with language, drug use, and the occasional sexual innuendo. Like her great- great-great grandfather, Holmes has a drug habit that is fierce and there are scenes of her under the influence of oxy. Charlotte’s habit is a big piece of this book as the mystery is tied to her past. I would not recommend this book to a young reader. I went back and forth on my opinion myself. At first I did not like this book, the language is STRONG in the first few chapters, but then it eased up as the mystery took over. While not my favorite read, if you are a fan of Sherlock Homes mysteries, you will enjoy this book despite the language and explicit drug use. The mystery is good, and it leads you right into book 2. 

The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel

All Megan Jacobs has wanted is to see the world and write travel blogs next to her photography loving friend Caleb, but she couldn’t. Until three years ago Megan lived in an out of hospital waiting and hoping for a new heart. While her twin sister, Crystal, lived the life she never got to live; friends, boys, and success. Twins separated by a heart. A gift came to Megan through her donor, a journal with a bucket list, and now she could move beyond her fears and all the risks of living with a donated organ to live out what her donor hoped to do. A story of sisterhood, faith, and living beyond expectations to embrace love and life. 

I adored the around the world journey of Megan and Crystal and all the twists and turns they experienced as they reconnected and learned more about themselves than they thought possible. The layers of this story are complex and realistic. While this story does have an uplifting ending, the path to get there is messy and filled with brokenness that I relate to all to well. I laughed, cried, and got lost in these pages. I hope you will be moved by them as well. Great rainy day with a cup of coffee kind of read. 

The Thing With Feathers by McCall Hoyle
Emilie Day plays it safe, she is homeschooled, her best friend is her seizure dog, and she stays away from the water.  But, things get unsafe when her mom enrolls her in public school for her “emotional well-being” and she is surrounded by a sea of strangers. She is paired up with the most popular guy in school for an Emily Dickinson project and is starting to make friends for the first time. Epilepsy might cause Emilie to seize on occasion, but will it stop her for seizing the life in front of her? 

This story was hard for me to get into. The story is beautiful, but the way the emotional roller coaster that Emilie is on plays out is not what I personally enjoy reading. With that said, where this story takes the reader is encouraging. It is always best to tell the truth, some may respond badly to it, but others may surprise you in the best way.  A topic, such as heath issues, can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing, but it is worth going to those places to let others into your life. That truth alone is why this book is so beautiful to me.