Author Archive for Betty Hafner

Readers Choice

15 Years of Great Books June 2018 marks the end of my fifteenth year of writing a monthly “Reader’s Choice” book review column for The Town Courier. (Yes, I was quite young when I started. …) Reading back over them,…

Readers Choice

Before We Were Yours

‘Before We Were Yours’ Written by Lisa Wingate Two storylines vie for our attention in Lisa Wingate’s hugely popular novel, “Before We Were Yours” (2017). One takes place in 1939 on the shores of the Mississippi River in Tennessee where…

Readers Choice: ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’

Reader's Choice

Written by Amor Towles I could have never imagined that a work of fiction existed that would inspire me to read more Russian history. I have found it, though, in “A Gentleman in Moscow” (2017), the fascinating and touching novel…

‘Lilac Girls’ Written by Martha Hall Kelly

The cover of “Lilac Girls” (2017), showing three young women dressed in mid-20th century style, suggests they are chatting as they stroll about … but what is the topic of their conversation? Romance? Adventure? Where to have tea? Readers do…

Five Holiday Book Ideas

‘Tis the season to drum up gift ideas, which will then be followed by the season to relax by the fire with a good book. Since I’ve read some good ones over the last year, I’d like to highlight these…