I started out with "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana De Rosnay. Recommended by my daughter Dawn. They had watched the movie in French class. She said it was very good but would make me cry.
Right on both accounts.
With Sara's Key, Tatiana De Rosnay has touched the hearts of Holocaust survivors.
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard- their secret hiding place- and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released.
Sixty Years Later: Sarah's story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own romantic future.
The second book was found at a thrift store & what a lucky find was this.
In "The Lace Reader" Towner Whitney, the self confessed unreliable narrator hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations, but the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.
This book has excerpts from The Lace Readers Guide- The lace reader must stare at the piece of lace until the pattern blurs and the face of the seeker disappears completely behind the veil. When the eyes begin to fill with tears and the patience is long exhausted, there will appear a glimpse of something not quite seen. In that moment an image will begin to form...in the space between what is real and what is only imagined.
The Lace Reader is full of magic & intrigue.