first book of 2012

Wow, do I have a great book for you today!

If you loved Sarah’s Key, you will LOVE The Lost Wife! I started reading this book over the holidays and just flipped the last page yesterday. I loved every single word. It’s the beautiful love story of Lenka and Josef, spanning from pre-WW2 to present day—-I couldn’t put it down! Reading of Lenka’s time spent at a Jewish work camp, and later at Auschwitz, made me cry. I was so wrapped up in the characters that I started to lose sense of reality. Or maybe that was just all the cold medicine I was taking at the time.

You guys need to read this…like, immediately, and start off 2012 with great historical fiction. I’m working to make a place on the blog where you can find all my book reviews together—I’ll let you know when it’s done!

Until then, happy reading!

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  • Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    January 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I loved Sarah’s Key! Thanks for the wonderful recommendation, I will have to read this!

  • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions
    January 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation ~ I just put this on hold at the library!

  • Kelsey
    January 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    this book has been on my reading list 4 ever! Glad to hear it’s good!

  • Kelly J. R.
    January 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Sounds like something I would really like. Thank you for the recommendation. Have you read the Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly? I really enjoyed that book.

  • Steph @ Will Run For Treats
    January 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, and am looking forward to checking this one out! If you haven’t read “The Paris Wife” yet, I highly recommend it. It’s a historical-fictional account of Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage, told through the perspective of his wife. I really enjoyed it, and I found the story of their life so interesting that it prompted me to get into a few Hemingway novels 🙂

  • Lauren
    January 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Have you read I Capture the Castle? It’s very romantic and historic.

  • Linda
    January 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    You are the second person to rave about this book today. It sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to read it now.

  • Becca Jane
    January 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Hi! I just emailed you about this, but I really want to suggest The Wednesday Wars and Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt. The most endaring two stories I’ve ever read, not to mention I laughed outloud so many times.

    I have added The Lost Wife to my to-read list.

    My all-time favorites are These Is My Words and To Kill A Mockingbird.

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    January 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    oooh! I need to read this before my textbooks come in! Haha 🙂

  • Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life
    January 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    This has been in my cart on amazon for a while and based on this review, I just may have to take the plunge and buy it.

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    January 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Oh this books sounds amazing Jenna. I must make a little visit to the local library! Thx for the suggestion.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    January 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for the first book review of 2012.

    It still feels funny typing 2012 to me 🙂

  • jean
    January 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I love all your book reviews – I always add them to my wish list! Thanks

  • Holly
    January 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I love your recommendations….we have very similar taste in books!
    That being said, I just finished “The Apothecary’s Daughter” and really, really enjoyed it. I think you would like it too!

    *There is a chance I found out about this book on your blog, so maybe you’ve already read it?? ha! If that’s the case, maybe someone else out there reading the comments would like it! 🙂

  • Jen
    January 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    What was your finaopinion of the sisters? I loved the book but it made me mad!

    • Jen
      January 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Final opinion

  • Jchokie
    January 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I loved Sarah’s Key, thank you so much for the recommendation! Can’t wait to read it next.

  • Katie
    January 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I was JUST talking about Sarah’s Key with my mom on the phone…like 5 minutes ago. I need to get this book next! Thank you!

  • Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee
    January 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I love historical fiction! I can’t wait until this gets to my library. 🙂

  • veronica
    January 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I have been looking for a new book! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    January 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Yay – love your book reviews!

  • Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes
    January 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Yay, so glad to hear of another great read!! Thanks for sharing!

  • jill
    January 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I’m so glad you’re adding a place to find all your book reviews! I’ve loved every book that I’ve read that you recommended! We definitely have the same taste in.books :0)

  • allie
    January 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    oh i would love book reviews in one place!

  • Allison (Allison's Delicious Life)
    January 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    i’d love for you to create a book page!!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    January 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    a book page would be great! I got a kindle fire for christmas and now I’m going back trying to find all of your recommendations.

  • Shannon
    January 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Found a book you might like! Nothing Daunted is about 2 socialites that moved out West in the early 1900s. Kind of right up your Laura Ingels Wilder alley!

  • wendy
    January 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I am currently reading it and am loving every word. I am thinking this may be one of the best books I have read in a long time!!

  • Jill
    January 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Love your book reviews!! Will definitely read this one.

  • Andrea
    January 6, 2012 at 1:31 am

    I would love to see all your book reviews on your blog! And even links to posts with your list of top books. I have the same taste in books as you, so I trust when you give a book a good review!

  • Leigh
    January 6, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Have you read any of ayn rand’s books? She is amazing. I cant remember what survey, but Her book, Atlas Shrugged, was voted the second most influential book (first place was the Bible)

  • Courtney @ Translating Nutrition
    January 6, 2012 at 3:05 am

    ooo I’m in need of a new book, and this sounds great! Thanks for the recommendation. Will look forward to seeing your book reviews all in one place — will be very helpful for book shopping on my kindle 🙂

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    January 6, 2012 at 7:34 am

    You sold me! I cannot wait to read it!

  • Chrissy
    January 6, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I’m currently readint The Sisters and loved Sarah’s Key, The Secret Daughter and The Winter Garden – all your picks. Check out The Town that Drowned by Riel Nason. It was a great read. I guarantee you will fall in love with Ruby or Percy OR both!

    • Chrissy
      January 6, 2012 at 8:24 am

      and by readint, I mean reading 🙂

  • Jen
    January 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Not at all impressed with Amazon right now 🙁 I went to order this because it looks amazing…paperback is $10.20, Kindle version is $12.40. WTF?!

  • Mary
    January 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I’m defiantly going to pick this up. We seem to like the same general genre and I am always happy when you post a book I haven’t yet read. Thanks!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    January 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    You’re a bad influence on me. You make me spend so much money on books it’s ridiculous!!!!!

  • Corrie Anne
    January 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Putting it on my list!

  • Luv What You Do
    January 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Just finished 3 books on my vacation including The Marriage Plot and the second Hunger Games. Loving my booky start to the new year!

  • christina
    May 31, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Yup, just searched your page and it was you. haha 🙂