TOP 5 Literary Fiction Books I Would Read by Hillary E. Peak

The Solitary Bookworm is proud to have Hillary E. Peak today for a guest post. Hillary E. Peak is the author behind Wings of Hope (which I totally loved and reviewed). If you haven’t read the book yet read the blurb included in my review, who knows maybe you’ll love it as much as I do! ūüôā

TOP 5 Literary Fiction Books I Would Read

1. Bel Canto: This story has stayed with me for years. The¬†characters were so well drawn, I’ve never truly been rid of them. The¬†pain ripped me apart when I read this novel. If you haven’t read¬†it–it is a must for anyone who wants that feeling of being desperate¬†to get home to get back to your book.

2. Water for Elephants: I loved this novel because I found it so interesting. It is written from a male perspective, which I was intrigued with. The story is told by the same character at different points in his life. Also, I love animals, which made this story bittersweet for me.

3. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society: This tale is¬†told through letters, which is extremely hard to do and make it¬†interesting. But the authors here not only tell a spectacular story,¬†I learned all about a new place–Guernsey, as well as historical facts¬†about the island being occupied by the Germans during WWII. This book¬†made me long to go for a visit.

4. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: Even now, thinking about this book, makes my stomach a little sick. The descriptions of foot binding are so power, the pain is acute and the stress very real. I knew nothing about this practice, how or why it was done. Additionally, I learned all sorts of things about Chinese culture and the power of friendship.

5. The Thirteenth Tale: Although this is a slightly different genre,¬†it is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The reveal is the most¬†shocking I’ve ever read. I loved the way this book spun multiple¬†stories, making you uncertain of what was real and what was fake. It¬†was complex, fascinating and highly enjoyable.

** This post is in part of my blog stop for Wings of Hope by Enchanted Book Promotions

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Book Review: Wings of Hope by Hillary E. Peak

The Solitary Bookworm & Enchanted Book Promotions presents Wings of Hope by Hillary E. Peak

Title: Wings of Hope
Author: Hillary E. Peak
Pages: 226
Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 146631219X
Source: Enchanted Book Promotions

The bond of a father and daughter is special. When Jules father asks her to come be stay with him because he’s terminally ill, she goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope takes you on a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life through his conversations with his daughter. Teaching her that death is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life. Hope is the last gift of a father to his daughter–the power to reach for her dreams.

REVIEW

It’s devastating to lose a family member but it’s even more devastating to lose a family member without having the chance to be with them until the very end which is why when Jules received a letter from her family informing her of the inevitable, she immediately knew what she needed to do. Jules left everything in San Fransisco and went to New York to be with her dad in spite knowing that one of these days she needs to accept the fact that her dad is dying and will eventually need to let go.

Wings of Hope is a very emotional journey for me. For one, I crave that reconnection between a father and a daughter that I seem to lack due to a falling out with my old man a few years ago. It tugged that emptiness space in my soul but there are things that are left the way they are for some reason. Wings of Hope is a great example of a story that captivated a bond between a parent and child. I really connected with the characters and Wings of Hope and it was a surreal journey where I feel the characters love, happiness, grief and that feeling of closure. The only issue I have with Wings of Hope is Jules’ romantic connection with Jacques. I felt that it wasn’t necessary in the novel which is why I didn’t really “believe” the relationship. It was like Jacques was included just so Wings of Hope will have that romantic aspect – the story is an enjoyable read even without the Jules-Jacques mix. If you are a very emotional reader like me, be sure that you have tissue ready for those tearjerking moments in Wings of Hope.

EXCERPT

Gingerly, without spilling my tea or setting it down, I reached over and pulled the envelope from the stack.  I tried to open it without letting go of my tea, but that proved impossible.  Setting the tea down, I ran my finger along the edge and pulled out the letter within.

     Daughter,

I‚Äôve had some bad news–it seems I have an inoperable brain tumor.¬† I‚Äôve been seeing six specialists.¬† They all had the same thing to say, ‚ÄúYou‚Äôre dying.‚Ä̬† So, it seems I‚Äôm dying.¬† They are saying I have three months to live.

This is hard for me to ask, but I would like you to come and stay with me to the end.  There are things I’ve always wanted to tell, but never got around to it.  Seems if I don’t do it now, I’m never going to have the chance.   I’ve spent a lifetime trying to make my mark on the world, but as I look back now, I missed out on you.

I know it is a lot to ask, but please, come.

Love, Dad

My hands began to tremble; my chest tightened.  Dying?  That couldn’t be right.

AUTHOR BIO

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Hillary Peak is a recovering idealist. She became a lawyer to change the world and is still somewhat shocked that didn’t occur. Now, her goal is to retire from practicing law and write novels that people love. She is currently a practicing attorney in the District of Columbia. She lives with her family in Alexandria, VA.

FGH: Found, Grabbed, Hauled (IMM 8)

FGH: Found, Grabbed & Hauled is basically IMM Рrebranded. Like the title said, this post highlights books that I found, grabbed and purchased this week. Includes bookish finds from second hand shops, bookstores, eARCS (Netgalley & Authors/Publishers) and anything book related.

Hey guys, so this is my 2nd post for FGH and I’ve got a number of books to share with ya’ll. I finally received my BD package and was sooo happy to open them. So here’s what I got this week:

PURCHASED

* BS – Booksale (second hand shop), NBS (national bookstore)
Ohhh and I’ve also got this Merriam-Webster dictionary WITH Garfield Comics ūüėõ
Usually there’s a word listed in the box section there (lookee picture above) and they use that word in a sentence in the comic strips.
On another hand, I bought Kwentillion (heard this from Chachic) and the illustrations are sooooo good guys. Only browsed it a few times and just looking at the art works is A-mazing!
Gaaah. I really don’t have any talent with taking pictures, can’t justify the beauty of these artworks. ūüôā It’s too pretty in person yo guys. I have to read it soon!!!

NETGALLEY

FOR REVIEW

Intangible (Intangible #1)
by J. Meyers

Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret‚ÄĒshe heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they‚Äôve helped those in need on the sly. They‚Äôve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

The Oracle (The Gateway Chronicles #2)

by K.B. Hoyle

A year ago Darcy Pennington had no real friends. A year ago she’d thought that magic only existed in fairy tales. A year ago she would have laughed at the idea of other worlds.

Then everything changed when she’d visited Cedar Cove Family Camp and stumbled into a magical gateway to a world called Alitheia.

Wings of Hope
by Hillary E. Peak

The bond of a father and daughter is special. When Jules father asks her to come be stay with him because he’s terminally ill, she goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope takes you on a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life through his conversations with his daughter. Teaching her that death is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life. Hope is the last gift of a father to his daughter–the power to reach for her dreams.

Dead Radiance (Valkyrie #1)
by T.G. Ayer

Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras ‚ÄĒ Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.

The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human.

Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?

**Thanks to J Meyers, The Writer’s Coffee Shop, Majanka of Enchanted Book Promotions & Cami of¬†Reading Addiction Blog Tour

SIDE NOTE: I just received an email for the upcoming book to read from TFG (The Filipino Group) via Goodreads, I still haven’t finished The Fellowship of the Rings. Arrrgghh but I think I’ll finish it by Sunday, hopefully finish it by Sunday, HAVE to finish it by Sunday. Hahahah.

Okay what did you receive for this week guys??