Threaten to Undo Us by Rose Seiler Scott

In Threaten to Undo Us, Surrey-based author Rose Seiler Scott delivers a powerful historical novel about one family’s will to survive and stay together during the tumultuous second World War. Liesel is German, but she was born and raised in Poland. Her husband, Ernst, is drafted into Hitler’s army despite his misgivings, and Liesel is left to support her ailing mother and four young children. As Stalin’s Army succeeds, Liesel finds herself forced from the only home she has ever known on the run from Poland. I really enjoyed this book–it offers a perspective of World War 2 that I haven’t read about yet. The violence and atrocities faced during the war are depicted, but not gratuitously, and it is ultimately a hopeful story of love, faith, and the will to live. (Submitted by MS).

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Living Out the Dream: A story of two families by Olive Caldwell Lee

This book is about two families emigrating from Ireland to the Ottawa River Valley in the 1800s.  It’s a fictionalized account of this history after the author did years of genealogical research, including some at Cloverdale Library.

I found the book to be well written and charming.  It was a fascinating and personal story of a historical Canadian experience. (Submitted by Kristen).

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What Dark Passages by Bryan Clegg

New Westminster author Bryan Clegg tells the story of four Vancouverites facing darkness in their lives. Orphaned as a child and isolated from his other family members, Alex faces thoughts of suicide and finds no joy in his job at a call centre. Melissa struggles to heal after a vicious sexual attack leaves her with physical and emotional wounds. Richard is a paramedic newly returned to work after a mistake he made resulted in the death of a young girl. Joel is trying to overcome an abusive childhood and drug addiction through the help of his wife and daughter.  Eventually, the stories of these four strangers intertwine in surprising ways. Clegg manages to create a very readable narrative while conveying heavy themes. I really enjoyed reading this book. (Submitted by Meghan).

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The Dead Don’t Dream by Mauro Azzano

In The Dead Don’t Dream by Mauro Azzano, we meet homicide police detective Ian McBriar and his partner Frank Burghezian in 1973, Toronto. When two young boys are chased into the path of an oncoming train by a threatening man, McBriar and Burghezian are tasked with tracking down the suspect. They soon discover a web of lies that connects to a murder in Italy and the local underworld.

I enjoyed reading this historical mystery which was rife with the attitudes and prejudices of the 1970s. In addition to the crime-solving, Azzano introduced a romantic subplot in which Ian meets a young single-mother, Karen, and her adorable son Ethan. I’m curious to find out what happens to Ian McBriar and his crew in the sequels, Death Works at Night and Death by Deceit. (Submitted by MS).

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The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

The Stone Diaries is the fictional autobiography of Daisy Goodwill. Since we follow her through most of the 20th Century, the novel serves as a diary of that period of time as well. Daisy’s existence is not an epic one, in the sense that she doesn’t go on great adventures, but it is precisely her mundane anonymity that allows us to deeply connect with her and to discover the uniqueness of her life.

Carol Shields was a very pleasant surprise for me. In this novel, which garnered her the Pulitzer Prize and the Governor General’s Award, among others, her writing is so rich and witty that every page of the novel is an absolute delight. If you like authors like Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields’ The Stone Diaries is a must-read. (Submitted by Eva).

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Cordelia by Marty Allen

Cordelia is the first novel in a crime series by Richmond-based author Marty Allen. Corporal James Vaanes returns to his hometown of Campbell River on Vancouver Island after two decades spent investigating major crimes in Surrey, BC. When a young Aboriginal woman is murdered, Corporal Vaanes and his team try to track down her killer only to discover a maze of intrigue involving drugs, local politicians, and unsolved crimes from the mainland. (Submitted by MS.)

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