Book: Trinity, by Leon Uris. This is one of Laura's favorite books! A sweeping and powerful epic adventure that captures the "terrible beauty" of Ireland during its long and bloody struggle for freedom.
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude.
Mary and O’Neil frequently marveled at how, of all the lives they might have led, they had somehow found this one together. When they met at the Philadelphia high school where they’d come to teach… read more at Kobo.
The Tiger's Wife: A Novel by Tea Obreht. This is tale of a young doctor in the aftermath of the Balkan War who needs desperately to make sense of her grandfather's death. With the help of the legend of the tiger's wife, she may find it.
Ken Follett - World Without End ~I liked this as much as Pillars. It had a lot of action, plenty of drama, and life-decisions made by the main characters that frustrated me at times but made for a very entertaining read.
What makes The Pillars of the Earth extraordinary is the time--the twelfth century; the place--feudal England; and the subject--the building of a glorious cathedral. Follett has re-created the crude, flamboyant England of the Middle Ages in every detail.