Finding Alice – by Melody Carlson (2003)

Alice is a brilliant student who is in her last year of college. She’s always been a little different than the other young adults around her, but most folks just chalk it up to a quirky personality. Then her boyfriend dumps her, and something inside Alice snaps.

Someone who she calls Amelia starts appearing to Alice, giving her advice. Alice thinks she is a guardian angel. Amelia warns her that everyone is out to get her, and prompts her to do some irrational things. Alice stops eating, and barricades herself inside her little apartment, until her mother forces her way in.

Her mother knows immediately what is the matter with Alice – she has schizophrenia, just as her grandmother did. But the mom, being part of a church that sees mental illness as a result of sin, gathers people from church to help her cast out the demon. As you might guess, Alice does not react well to this, and bolts from the house.

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The Last Bookshop In London – by Madeline Martin (2021)

The year is 1939, and Grace Bennett is finally able to leave the small community she grew up in, and move to the city of London with her friend Viv. They live with an old family friend, and look for jobs. Grace finds work at the Primrose Hill bookshop. She hasn’t been much of a reader up to that point, but as time goes by, she begins to catch the joy of books. Mr. Evans, the elderly shop owner, is grumpy at first, but soon he and Grace are re-organizing the shop and business begins to increase.

But things are about to change drastically. Grace is shocked when Hitler starts bombing the city of London.

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