If you read Kristen's blog, then you will have seen all of these books before. Based on her recommendations, I've been doing some summer reading......
Loving Frank is a novel based on the love affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney. Nancy Horan does quite a bit of research into their lives and weaves fact with fiction (her perceptions of their feelings, motives, etc). I liked this one....didn't love it. It isn't graphic, but my moral red flag goes up whenever I read about an affair. As Kristen suggests, do not google anything about FLW if you don't know anything about his life. It would really spoil the ending.
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay was definitely a worthwhile read. It is a heartbreaking but gripping story. It is historical fiction based on the Vélodrome d'Hiver round up in Paris back in 1942 where thousands of Jew's were killed.
I heard a lot about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so I decided to read this (even though thrillers are not usually a genre I migrate towards). I read all 600 pages in a little over a week. Truly a gripping story. The synopsis on the back compared it to Silence of the Lambs. I agree. Great story, well written, has a plot (not senseless violence). However, it is not for the faint of heart. I haven't decided if I will read the other two books in Stieg Larsson's trilogy or not. I think the next one deals with sex trafficking, and I'm not sure I could handle that in graphic detail.
It took me a while to get into Winter Garden, a novel by Kristin Hannah, but after I did, I LOVED it! Add this one to your reading list. There is a bit of historical fiction mixed in with a look into how complicated relationships can be and how our perceptions are not always accurate.