Joyce’s Book Recommendations

Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer

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With her father recently moved to a care facility for his worsening dementia, Beth Walsh volunteers to clear out the family home and is surprised to discover the door to her childhood playroom padlocked. She’s even more shocked at what’s behind it—a hoarder’s mess of her father’s paintings, mounds of discarded papers and miscellaneous junk in the otherwise fastidiously tidy house.

As she picks through the clutter, she finds a loose journal entry in what appears to be her late mother’s handwriting. Beth and her siblings grew up believing their mother died in a car accident when they were little more than toddlers, but this note suggests something much darker. Beth soon pieces together a disturbing portrait of a woman suffering from postpartum depression and a husband who bears little resemblance to the loving father Beth and her siblings know. With a newborn of her own and struggling with motherhood, Beth finds there may be more tying her and her mother together than she ever suspected.

Exploring the expectations society places on women of every generation, Kelly Rimmer explores the profound struggles two women unwittingly share across the decades set within an engrossing family mystery that may unravel everything they believed to be true.

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

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This book is such a fun read that holds plenty of surprises. Without giving too much away, the main character – Oona – leaps to a different year of her life on the strike of midnight each New Year’s Eve. While her physical appearance, and the date on the calendar, is constantly changing, Oona must figure out how to navigate a life that’s simultaneously disruptive, unpredictable, and exciting. I especially loved the cast of characters that slip in and out of Oona’s life, and the references to different decades allowed me to indulge in a fair share of nostalgia.

Filled with both comedic and heartbreaking moments, and perhaps the most original plot I’ve encountered in a while, this is a book you won’t want to put down.