This week is National Color Day! Admittedly, I’m pretty clueless about what celebrating this day involves, but reading a book with a color in the title seems like a pretty reasonable approach.
Here are a few recommendations that have been released in the last year or so.
If you like romances:
Liz Johnson’s The Red Door Inn (2016)
Marie and Seth both move separately to Canada’s Prince Edward Island to renovate a historic inn and heal their broken hearts.But will they finish their renovation project on time? And will either of them find any peace? Well, moving to Prince Edward Island worked well for Anne of Green Gables. . . .
On a more serious note, this heartwarming romance is the first in a projected series and has been generating plenty of positive reviews for its vivid use of setting and its likable main characters.
Recommended for those who enjoyed Virginia Smith’s Tales from the Goose Creek B & B and Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Inn at Eagle Hill series.
If you enjoy atmospheric gothic thrillers:
Eve Chase’s Black Rabbit Hall (2016)
If you want something darker, consider Black Rabbit Hall instead. Thirty-something Londoner Lorna is looking for a location for her upcoming wedding and soon falls in love with the atmospheric Black Rabbit Hall in the picturesque Cornish countryside. Her soon-to-be husband is less enthusiastic; in fact, he finds the place creepy. Nevertheless, Lorna finds herself inexplicably drawn to the mansion and the secrets the family who lives there is hiding.
Recommended for those who enjoyed Daphne du Maurier’s work, Kate Morton’s The Lake House, Lauren Oliver’s Rooms, and Kate Riordan’s Fiercombe Hall.
If you want a heartwarming, modern fairy tale:
William Norwich’s My Mrs. Brown (2016)
Mrs. Brown is a dignified, quiet older woman who lives an ordinary life in a small Connecticut town. But one day while she is helping inventory an estate, she comes across a designer dress that she knows she must have. However, acquiring it will require her to venture out of her comfort zone.
Recommended for those who enjoyed Helen Simonsen’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and Jane L. Rosen’s Nine Women, One Dress.
If you prefer an, ahem, dark fairy tale retelling:
Donna Jo Napoli’s Dark Shimmer (2015)
Okay, so technically “dark” isn’t a color, but it describes colors! In this YA offering, the focus is Snow White. Or more specifically, the Evil Queen in Snow White and her backstory in Venice. Once upon a time, she was a young girl who was raised by dwarves and who learned the art of making mirrors, unaware that she was poisoning herself with quicksilver in the process. Revisit a classic story with a new twist with this one.
Recommended for those who enjoy Gregory Maguire’s alternative fairy tales.
If you love comedic YA reads:
Nat Luurtsema’s Goldfish (2016)
If you want to read a YA novel but prefer something more light-hearted than Dark Shimmer, consider Goldfish. Follow awkward teenaged swimmer Lou as she tries to adjust to life in a normal school after she fails to advance in the Olympic trials for which she has spent years training. She has to learn to navigate a different set of waters as she encounters cliques and starts coaching a local swim team that’s nothing like the competitive sport she’s used to.
Recommended for those who enjoy Ann Brashares’ work.
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Have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite title that features a color? What’s you favorite color? Tell us in the comments!