Greene Book Recommendations
By: J. Courtney Sullivan
Nora and Theresa Flynn are twenty-one and seventeen years old, respectively, when the leave their home in Ireland for late 1950's Boston. Quiet Nora is meant to marry her kindhearted fiance, but she drags her feet. Theresa is vivacious, energetic, and totally delighted with Boston. When she becomes pregnant by a married man, Theresa is left with few options. Years later, Nora is the mother of four grown children and Theresa is a cloistered nun living in Vermont. Estranged from each other for many years, a tragic accident brings them back together. Readers who enjoy fiction about family dynamics will enjoy this well written novel.
By: Tracy Rees
It is 1831 when eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a naked baby girl abandoned in the snow on the grounds of her aristocratic family's magnificent mansion. Her parents are horrified that she has brought a bastard foundling into the house, but Aurelia convinces them to keep the baby, whom she names Amy Snow. Amy is brought up as a second-class citizen, despised by Vennaways, but she and Aurelia are as close as sisters. When Aurelia dies at the age of twenty-three, she leaves Amy ten pounds, and the Vennaways immediately banish Amy from their home. But Aurelia left her much more. Amy soon receives a packet that contains a rich inheritance and a letter from Aurelia revealing she had kept secrets from Amy, secrets that she wants Amy to know. From the grave she sends Amy on a treasure hunt from one end of England to the other: a treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. Ultimately, a life-changing discovery awaits--if only Amy can unlock the secret. In the end, Amy escapes the Vennaways, finds true love, and learns her dearest friends secret, a secret that she will protect for the rest of her life.