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The “Rather” Series

by C.A. Belmond

A Rather Lovely Inheritance, A Rather Curious Engagement, A Rather Charming Invitation

I first came across this author while I was browsing the fiction section at my local library branch. By the second chapter of A Rather Lovely Inheritance, I was hooked and later thrilled to discover that the book was part of a series. I fell so deeply in love with the characters and plot lines that I pre-ordered the third book months before it was released!

Part mystery, part romance, the Rather series introduces you to female protagonist Penny Nichols, a historical researcher for “made for TV” movies, and the thrilling adventures she embarks on with her dashing British love interest after inheriting part of her Great-Aunt Penelope’s estate. I won’t divulge the details of the page-turning twists so go out and pick up these books for some lighthearted reading. You may find yourself rather pleasantly surprised!

The Lost Symbol

by Dan Brown

If you haven’t already read Angels & Demons or The Da Vinci Code, you might want to start with those. But for those of you who have been thrilled by Dan Brown in the past, The Lost Symbol doesn’t disappoint. Harvard professor Robert Langdon returns – except this time he is Stateside in Washington, D.C. – and is once again faced with ancient rituals, a Masonic organization and secrets that could rewrite history. Brown’s signature thrills will leave you guessing until the very last page. Unfortunately, the hardcover may weigh down your beach bag.

If you like Dan Brown you should also check out Steve Berry. My personal favorite of his is The Romanov Prophecy, but that’s only because I’m a history-geek.

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

I honestly believe that Alexandre Dumas is a literary genius. Yes, The Count of Monte Cristo is a French classic, but don’t let that deter you from indulging in the adventure that introduces you to Edmond Dantes and his heart-racing tale. The amount of characters introduced throughout Monte Cristo may overwhelm some, but Dumas’ method of weaving storylines together keeps you in focus. Monte Cristo is a magnifique tale of love, loss and the extremes one man will go to for revenge.


By Megan Ondrizek


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