Spring is a time of hope, of new beginnings, of life and growth, of rejuvenation. Winter's gloom has passed us by and in its wake new possibilities bloom. I've been thinking of books that have these themes of new beginnings,of hope and of redemption. Here are some of my favorites, I've probably left out some:
1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith - One of my all-time favorite novels. This book will make you laugh, cry, feel pity and anger, but most importantly it will make you believe. Believe in the power of a good book, of a better future for those we love and of our past not holding us back but pushing us forward to grasp what we most want.
2. The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard - Jody and Collin are both haunted by their troubled past - a past they share. Can they overcome it and hope for a better future? Can love conquer all?
3. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb - An epic tale of Dolores Price and her struggle to lay her childhood demons to rest. It's a long struggle and we are taken through her dark journey but well worth the effort. Dolores is a wounded, tragic heroine who finds love and redemption where she least expects it.
4. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen - If you have not read any of Allen's books, you should. Her novels are filled with a magic and whimsy and make you believe anything is possible. Or maybe it's Claire's cooking.