Pot Farm, by Matthew Gavin Frank When his mother dies from cancer, Frank and his wife take comfort where they can find it, on a “mostly medical” California marijuana farm. Thriving amidst a hilariously motley crew of recovered drug addicts, hippies, users and business people, Frank shows us how the farm works from the first bud to the delivery of the product. Lots of fun, and high time that everyone had a closer look at this fascinating industry.
The O’Briens, by Peter Behrens If you love family sagas that are so sweeping you could be blown away just by the force of them, grab this one. Three generations of an Irish clan wind their ways through the 1900s to present day, as Joe, the eldest, struggles to take care of his family, when their parents die. Determined his clan will survive, Joe carves out a life in the Canadian wilderness and California, through two world wars into the swinging sixties. Passionately romantic, grand-scale in scope and deep in heart, this one is a winner
The Expats, by Chris Pavone This stunner needs a warning label: not your usual espionage thriller. Working mom Kate Moore and her husband both have their secrets, but when they become expats, and a new couple comes into their lives, Kate begins to suspect that things are definitely not what they seem. And the deeper she digs, the more in danger she becomes. A high-stakes adrenaline game that has characters you really come to care about even more than the whip-smart plot.
Caroline Leavitt doesn’t mind March because it means April isn’t far behind. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and she can be reached at www.carolineleavitt.com