Summer Reading Recommendations

Summer Reading

The long days of summer are great for getting lost in a new book. A good book can immerse you in history, carry you away to distant lands, and ignite your imagination – all without leaving the comfort of your air conditioning. We know it can be easy to get lost in a library, so we’re here to help you find your next page turner!

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

–Neil Gaiman

Midwest Health Summer Book Recommendations


Doris from Homestead of Oskaloosa

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy

At Homestead of Oskaloosa, resident volunteer, Doris Bates, leads the reading group three times a week and recommends Tara Road by Maeve Binchy. She says “It’s a good read! It’s different from what we’re used to, cause the author is not American, but an Irish woman. The book has a slower start, but we predict that things will become more exciting as things are starting to build up. We think things are soon going to get very interesting.” The group at Homestead of Oskaloosa can’t wait to turn the next page to find out!

Where the Wild Rose Blooms by Lori Wick

Doris, Judy, and Mary Ann from Homestead of Knoxville

Doris Krpan of Homestead of Knoxville recommends Where the Wild Rose Blooms by Lori Wick. Set in the Colorado around the 1860’s, the author transports readers to the wild frontier. This novel is full of romance to make you swoon, secrets to intrigue you, and characters that will draw you in.

Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill

A vivid memoir by Jackie Kennedy’s personal secret service agent tops Judy Herwehe of Homestead of Knoxville’s list of summer reading recommendations. The book details Mr. Hill’s service to the first family leading up to and following the tragic assassination of our 35th President. Told with affection, respect, and wit, this account of the Camelot Era will keep you enthralled.

The Rainmaker by John Grisham

John Grisham is a literary legend for a reason. Mary Ann, also from Homestead of Knoxville, recommends Grisham’s early legal thrillers. Her favorite, The Rainmaker, is set in the sweltering heat of Memphis and follows a down-on-his-luck lawyer, Rudy Baylor, as he fights a corrupt insurance company for a major payout.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Mary Ann offers a second recommendation that is a perfect group read. So grab a friend or two and pick up Orphan Train. The story follows two women from different eras as they become unlikely friends, bonded by their experiences of growing up on their own. Book groups will enjoy discussing the relationship between the two protagonists and their experiences. The author’s website offers discussion questions to get you started!