Book Recommendation:: The Summer Kitchen

Do you get a lot of reading done in the summer?  I find I read so much more in the summer months and have a growing list of books I want to devour while watching my kiddos play marco-polo at the pool or throw the frisbee at the beach.   However this summer I had yet to read a book that I really enjoyed – most I’ve been feeling like I just need to finish and be done with – until this one:

The Summer Kitchen by Lisa Wingate
The Summer Kitchen is about a woman floundering in her life a bit when she crosses paths with some poor, neglected children.  Warning:  if your child complains that there’s nothing to eat in your house while you’re reading this book, you may or may not bite her head off.
This storyline reminded me a bit of Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle, although not nearly as gritty.  If you’ve never read this one, it’s a must.
Last summer I made some summer reading recommendations which included a few light beach reads.
A few more books I recommend:

Cleave, Chris – Little Bee
de los Santos, Marisa – Belong To Me
de los Santos, Marisa – Love Walked In
de Rosnay, Tatiana – Sarah’s Key
Dubus III, Andre – House of Sand and Fog
Gist, Deanne – The Measure of a Lady
Gregory, Philippa – The Constant Princess
Gruen, Sara – Water For Elephants
Hannah, Kristin – Winter Garden
Hosseini, Khaled – The Kite Runner
Hosseini, Khaled – A Thousand Splendid Suns
Moore, Ann – (#1) Gracelin O’Malley
Moore, Ann – (#2) Leaving Ireland
Moore, Ann – (#3) ‘Til Morning Light
Naslund, Sena Jeter – Abundance
Stockett, Kathryn – The Help

These books were recommended to me – 
I am hoping to read some of them this summer.

Brooks, Geraldine – Year of Wonders
Chance, Megan – An Inconvenient Wife
Donnelly, Jennifer – The Tea Rose
Donnelly, Jennifer – The Winter Rose
Genova, Lisa – Still Alice
Grissom, Kathleen – The Kitchen House
Gulland, Sandra – The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.
Haddon, Mark – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Hannah, Kristin – Home Front
Henderson, Susan – Up From The Blue
Lamb, Wally – The Hour I First Believed
Lahiri, Jhumpa – Unaccustomed To Earth
Landay, William – Defending Jacob
Lindley, Maureen – The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel
Picoult, Jodi – House Rules
See, Lisa – Dreams of Joy
See, Lisa – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Setterfield, Diane – The Thirteenth Tale 
Sparks, Nicholas – Safe Haven
Zafon, Carlos Ruiz – Shadow of the Wind
Zusak, Marcus – The Book Thief
Okay give it up – any more recommendations for me?  What have you read recently that you couldn’t put down??

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