I chose my two most recent books from recommendations on Desperate for a Good Read.
1. The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
I really, really liked this book. It just might be in my top ten favorites. Not based on it's literary value. M.M. Kaye is not the most brilliant writer - but she is an amazing storyteller. This two-inch thick novel was published in 1978 and instantly became a worldwide best-seller. It is a saga - an epic tale of a British man born and raised in India in the mid 1800's. My friend Anna gives more info in her review of the book HERE. Note: There are some slow parts and honestly - go ahead a skip the last two books (chapters) unless you are interested in reading about the political unrest between British-occupied India and Afghanistan. Also - this book was made into a TV miniseries in the 1980's. I am expecting the first episode from Netflix any day now but from the reviews I am not expecting much.
2. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
I enjoyed this book. It is historical fiction based on the German occupation of France during WWII. But the author's own story is what makes this book so compelling. Jennette gives a great review HERE.