Several February books take a look at the heartrending time during World War II, so it seems apropos to use a quote by Viktor E. Frankl—“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation”—as the introduction to this month’s selection. The beauty of this quote is that it applies to all of life’s lessons. Readers have quite a variety to choose from this month, from lighthearted and humorous books to books that illuminate parts of our tragic past. No matter what your taste preference, you’ll be sure to find something that will appeal.
New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick
After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything...but she can barely take care of herself.
The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget...and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.
Strengths: Appealing characters, humorous setting, second chance at love, HEA
Measure of Love: Tablespoon
Introspection Level: Medium
Thoughts: It’s always great revisiting the setting of Black Dog Bay; lighthearted with hints of life’s lessons.