This fall, my family signed up (temporarily) for Amazon Prime, for the main reason of watching NFL on Thursday nights. The Thursday night games are over, so we’re back to regular TV, but while we were Prime members, I got to download these free eBooks! I’m not sure when I’ll get a chance to read them, but it’s a nice feeling to have book options waiting on my Kindle. All descriptions are from Amazon.
A Castle in Brooklyn by Shirley Russak Wachtel
Spanning decades, an unforgettable novel about reckoning with the past, the true nature of friendship, and the dream of finding home.
1944, Poland. Jacob Stein and Zalman Mendelson meet as boys under terrifying circumstances. They survive by miraculously escaping, but their shared past haunts and shapes their lives forever.
Years later, Zalman plows a future on a Minnesota farm. In Brooklyn, Jacob has a new life with his wife, Esther. When Zalman travels to New York City to reconnect, Jacob’s hopes for the future are becoming a reality. With Zalman’s help, they build a house for Jacob’s family and for Zalman, who decides to stay. Modest and light filled, inviting and warm with acceptance—for all of them, it’s a castle to call home.
Then an unforeseeable tragedy—and the grief, betrayals, and revelations in its wake—threatens to destroy what was once an unbreakable bond, and Esther finds herself at a crossroads. A Castle in Brooklyn is a moving and heartfelt immigration story about finding love and building a home and family while being haunted by a traumatic past.
Hidden in Snow by Viveca Sten
The splendor of the Swedish mountains becomes the backdrop for a bone-chilling crime.
On the day Stockholm police officer Hanna Ahlander’s personal and professional lives crash, she takes refuge at her sister’s lodge in the Swedish ski resort paradise of Åre. But it’s a brief comfort. The entire village is shaken by the sudden vanishing of a local teenage girl. Hanna can’t help but investigate, and while searching for the missing person, she lands a job with the local police department. There she joins forces with Detective Inspector Daniel Lindskog, who has been tasked with finding the girl. Their only lead: a scarf in the snow.
As subzero temperatures drop even further, a treacherous blizzard sweeps toward Åre. Hanna and Daniel’s investigation is getting more desperate by the hour. Lost or abducted, either way time is running out for the missing girl. Each new clue closes in on something far more sinister than either Hanna or Daniel imagined. In this devious novel by the bestselling author of the Sandhamn Murders series, discover what it will take to solve a case when the truth can be so easily hidden in the coming storm.
The Hike by Susi Holliday
Four hikers enter the mountains. Only two return. But is it tragedy? Or treachery?
When sisters Cat and Ginny travel with their husbands to the idyllic Swiss Alps for a hiking holiday, it’s not just a chance to take in the stunning scenery. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with each other after years of drifting apart—and patch up marriages that are straining at the seams.
As they head into the mountains, morale is high, but as the terrain turns treacherous, cracks in the relationships start to show. With worrying signs that someone might be following them, the sun begins to set and exhaustion kicks in. Suddenly, lost high on a terrifying ridge, tensions spill over—with disastrous consequences.
When only two of the four hikers make it down from the mountain, the police press them for their story—but soon become suspicious when their accounts just don’t add up.
What really happened up on that ridge? Who are the survivors? And what secrets are they trying to hide?
The Hive by Gregg Olsen
Glamorous messiah or charlatan? A mask of beauty hides deadly secrets in #1 New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author Gregg Olsen’s mesmerizing novel of suspense.
In the Pacific Northwest, detective Lindsay Jackman is investigating the murder of a young journalist found at the bottom of a ravine. Lindsay soon learns that the victim was writing an exposé. Her subject: a charismatic wellness guru who’s pulled millions into her euphoric orbit…
To hear Marnie Spellman tell it, when she was a child, a swarm of bees lifted her off the ground and toward the sunlight, illuming her spiritual connection with nature—an uncanny event on which Marnie built a cosmetics empire and became a legend, a healer, and the queen of holistic health and eternal beauty. In her inner circle is an intimate band of devotees called the Hive. They share Marnie’s secrets of success—including one cloaked in darkness for twenty years.
Determined to uncover the possibly deadly mysteries of the group, Lindsay focuses her investigation on Marnie and the former members of the Hive, who are just as determined to keep Lindsay from their secrets as they are to maintain their status.
Night Angels by Weina Dai Randel
From the author of The Last Rose of Shanghai comes a profoundly moving novel about a diplomatic couple who risked their lives to help Viennese Jews escape the Nazis, based on the true story of Dr. Ho Fengshan, Righteous Among the Nations.
1938. Dr. Ho Fengshan, consul general of China, is posted in Vienna with his American wife, Grace. Shy and ill at ease with the societal obligations of diplomats’ wives, Grace is an outsider in a city beginning to feel the sweep of the Nazi dragnet. When Grace forms a friendship with her Jewish tutor, Lola Schnitzler, Dr. Ho requests that Grace keep her distance. His instructions are to maintain amicable relations with the Third Reich, and he and Grace are already under their vigilant eye.
But when Lola’s family is subjugated to a brutal pogrom, Dr. Ho decides to issue them visas to Shanghai. As violence against the Jews escalates after Kristallnacht and threats mount, Dr. Ho must issue thousands more to help Jews escape Vienna before World War II explodes.
Based on a remarkable true story, Night Angels explores the risks brave souls took and the love and friendship they built and lost while fighting against incalculable evil.
Have you read any of these? Do any of them sound interesting to you? Leave a comment!
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23 thoughts on “A small eBook haul”
You are a savvy shopper, Barb! I use Amazon Prime for buying most of my Christmas gifts, including books. I don’t recognize any of the titles above, but you are sure to tell us whether they are worth reading. Of course, I have several unread books on my Kindle too. (Sigh!) 😀
Thanks, Marian. Yes, many books on my Kindle have been calling out from loneliness 🙂
I love the idea of free ebooks. I haven’t yet read any of the books that you featured here. I look forward to your reviews.
Thanks, Donna – how I’ll fit them in I don’t know but I’ll do my best 🙂
These look like great choices, Barbara, but I think the one I would enjoy most is Night Angels. Cheers.
I was thinking that too, Lynette – I do like historical fiction and this is a unique angle. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
You know I’ll never find room for them, but you have described them well
Thanks, Derrick – they’re squeezed together on my Kindle so I’m good 🙂
An interesting sounding haul, Barbara. Happy reading!
Thank you, Cathy!
I’m not familiar with any of these books, but the price was right. Clever you for getting all you could out of your Amazon Prime experience.
Hey Ally – neither was I and of course they push the ones they want us to talk about. I’m all about a bargain, BTW 😉
Good move, Barbara. Enjoy it. 🙂
Thanks, Tim 🙂
I do get free books from Amazon often, and just turn the ones I’ve read in. I was surprised to realize I’ve read The Hive. I did enjoy it, surprisingly, because books on best-seller lists rarely live up to their hype.
Hi Noelle – I borrowed a few but they were returned automatically when we canceled our subscription. They give away 1 or 2 free books to own every month and these were from that list. Not a great selection, I will say, however. I’ll let you know what I think of The Hive when I get to it. Thanks, Noelle!
HI Barbara, these all sounds like interesting books. I have not read any of them. Perhaps you need to do one of your ‘read a few lines from each book’ YT shows to decide which one to read.
Haha – yes – I’ve been thinking about doing that with the Kindle – thanks Robbie!
I hope you enjoy your new books, especially Susi’s – I’ve met her at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival a couple of times.
Nice little book haul, Barb. We’re Prime members and I haven’t picked up any free books. I should look into that! Happy Reading!
I probably have a few hundred books waiting on my kindle but between Audible and sometimes regular books I don’t have the time to read them.
I haven’t read any of these. Night Angels sounds like an important read, and The Hive sounds really suspenseful!
I was thinking both those things! Thanks, Priscilla – hope you have a great weekend!
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