Molokai by Alan Brennert
When red spots appear on six-year-old Rachel's skin, she is banished to Hawaii's official leper colony.
In a book like this you would expect to read only of death, but on the island of Molokai, there was a surprising amount of life. Lepers can live relatively painlessly for decades, and the characters in this book build homes, start businesses, get married, and have babies. It was beautiful, unique, and inspirational.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
After being abandoned on a ship at the age of four, adult Nell goes on a quest to find out who she is and why someone left her.
This magical story has colorful characters and intriguing mysteries. It's a good novel to get lost in.