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Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
Whiskey & Charlie

I won ten copies of this book for my book club and I was pleasantly surprised when all in our group enjoyed the book. It is a story of love, forgiveness and hope. It had some thought provoking moments and enabled a lively discussion. The way the chapters were titled added to the overall effect of the story.

Gloomy, Insightful, Dramatic
The Girl Who Fell From The Sky

A very dark and disturbing story of a young girl that survives a horrific accident. My bookclub did not enjoy this book at all.

June: A Novel by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Unconvincing, Boring, Slow
Too long

The first 200 pages were completely boring and unbelievable. The story does pick up midway, but jumps back and forth in time which I do not like. Cassie is a twenty something and just lost her beloved grandmother. She leaves her life in NYC to go to the small Ohio town where she has inherited a falling down mansion. While there she is contacted by someone to inform her she has just inherited a large sum of money from a movie star. But first she must prove she is related to him. Thus her quest begins in finding out about her grandmothers past.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic, Interesting
Lovely Fantasy

The Waverly family has always been a bit different. Claire makes things happen with the foods she cooks with ingredients from her garden. Evanelle has uncontrollable urges to give things to people. Sydney isn't sure what her gift is and she is trying to avoid it.
This is a lovely, different type of story that my bookclub is reading for the month of April.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
YA Reading

Auggie is a fifth grader entering a mainstream school for the first time after being homeschooled all of his life. He was born with a terrible facial deformity, has had numerous surgeries but is normal in every other way. Each segment of the book is told by a different character, giving their perspective on Auggie's
situation. As you can imagine there are many trials and tribulations that he must face. The theme of the book is kindness and how we must be kinder than necessary.
While I loved this book i feel it really is a young adult story and would not make a good bookclub choice.

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful
This book has it all!

Ove is 59 years old and a bit of a grouch. Most people avoid him, which is fine by him. He has an agenda ( I won't say what it is) but he keeps getting interrupted. This story is beautifully written. It will make you laugh, cry and best of think about what is really important in life.

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Inspiring, Optimistic

Elsa is seven years old with no friends except for an excentric Grandmother. Granny is teaching Elsa it is okay to be different through fairy tales she makes up. When Granny dies, Elsa must deliver letters to the other quirky residents in her building. In doing so she really learns that being different is okay.
This book will make you laugh and cry and think.

Bird in Hand: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline
Slow, Unconvincing, Gloomy
Over rated

Four people, two of them are lifelong friends, are changed by a tragic accident. Marriages and trusts are broken and forgiveness does not seem to be an answer.
The story is told by the four main characters with a back story that is told in reverse chronological order. I felt the accident was not important, the choices the couples made would have been done so with out it, no matter what. My bookclub will discuss this this week.

Bird in Hand by Christina Baker Kline
Book Club Recommended
Good Discussion

My bookclub mostly liked this story about two couples who are drawing apart because of an accident. While the writing was not great we did have a very good discussion about the characters.

A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen
Boring, Slow, Poorly Written
Don't bother!

In this book, Candice Bergen discusses, way to much, about what she has and her successes. There is no flow to the book at all. It jumps around all over the place.

Almost Missed You: A Novel by Jessica Strawser
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Boring
Emotional story

Finn and Violet are star crossed lovers who finally connect. Then Finn does the unthinkable. It is a story of lies, secrets and deceit and a mother's love.
The first half of the book does not flow evenly because it jumps back and forth through the years, but midway it comes together and makes it a story worth reading.

Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
Rush Home Road

Sharla Cody is only five when her mother leaves her with Addy Shadd, an elderly neighbor. Addy is not sure she is up to the task of raising a child at this stage of her life, but as they bond, neither can imagine life without the other. Addy has had a difficult life and now that she is nearing the end of it, she worries who will care for Sharla when she is gone.
This is a beautifully written.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Insightful, Interesting
Slow start

Rebecca Winter was once a famous and wealthy photographer. Now in her 60's she has leased out her NYC apartment and moved to a cabin in the middle of nowhere where she meets Jim Bates, 40's, a roofer. Rebecca is embarking on a new chapter in her life and a journey of self discovery begins.
This book has a very slow start, but definitely picks up midway.

Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Nothing new

As a thirty something Mr. Vance is writing his memoir based on his life as a hillbilly. While he is to be commended that he was able to join the Marines, go to college,graduate from Harvard Law and marry a wonderful woman, I don't feel this book tells us anything we don't already know and for which we have no solutions. The problems he describes are not limited to hillibillies, but any group that is in the same socio economic situation.

The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton
Book Club Recommended
Book Club pick

The story begins with Frankie as a child living on her family's apple orchard which she loves very much. As she grows older she becomes aware of the difference in family dynamics. Who will stay on the farm, who will leave and what will happen when and if the next generation takes over.

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Slow, Romantic
Nicholas Sparks has done it again!

Russ is 32 years old and believes his life is perfect, job, wife, house and adoring child. All of that suddenly changes and he must reevaluate his life and make many changes. He must realize what is truly important.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Get past the first half of book!

Coralie is living a life in a museum in Brooklyn during the early 1900's. She was born with webbed fingers. Her father runs the Museum with oddities, both alive and preserved. Eddie is a Russian immigrant who has run away from his community. He achieves a certain amount of fame as a photographer. When their paths cross both of them realize they are destined to be together.
The first half of this book is written as two separate stories, Coralie's and Eddie's it is not until well past the halfway mark their tales converge and the book becomes quite interesting. The second half was well worth the read.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
Good story until you get to the end.

Jubilee Jenkins is born with a rare allergy making her allergic to human touch. At age 18 she becomes a recluse for nine years then is forced to go out into the world & get a job. She meets Eric, who has his own problems and they fall in love. I enjoyed this book until I got to the ending.

Odd Child Out: A Novel by Gilly Macmillan
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Addictive
Edge of your seat

Two fifteen year old boys, one from a privileged white family, the other a black Somolian refugee become unlikely friends when the refugee is given a scholarship to a prestigious school in Bristol, England. One night the boys sneak out of the house with dire consequences. Inspector Clemo is the one who has to sort everything out as to what really happened that fateful night.
The is a great psychological thriller thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.

Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
Very moving

Rachel is seven years old and living in Hawaii, when it is discovered that she has contracted leprosy. She is taken away from her family and must live on Moloka'i in the leper colony. The story begins in the late eighteen hundreds and follows Rachel until adulthood.
It is beautifully written as well as heartbreaking at times.

Her Father's House by Belva Plain
Book Club Recommended
Not one of Belva Plain's best

Donald Wolfe has it all, a bright future as a lawyer, a fabulous apartment, a beautiful and pregnant wife. The marriage suddenly begins to fail. Donald believes he must make a drastic decision, one that will forever change not only his life, but that of his daughter as well.

Interesting, Beautiful, Dramatic
A bit draggy

Trevor is fourteen and his parents are facing a divorce. He and his father travel to Washington state at the request of his quirky Aubt Serena, to try and get grandpa Samuel to sign a power of attorney so The can sell the family mansion and the forest around it. However Ben, the ghost has other ideas.

Slow, Poorly Written, Boring
Skip this one!

After spending fifteen years working in Africa, Frankie Rowley comes home to a small town in New England. As soon as she arrives, someone begins setting fires to the homes of the summer people. She begins an affair with the editor of the local newspaper.
After trudging through this story, I feel there are too many questions left unanswered. This is definitely not this author's best work.

Winter Street: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Addictive, Interesting
Fun Holiday Story

Winter Street Inn is owned by Kevin &a his second wife Mitzi. Up until this year the Inn has been a huge success. As Christmas approaches everything and everyone seems to be falling apart. The Quinn family gives the word dysfunctional a whole new meaning. The story has it all, love triangles, unplanned Pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, you name it and it is here. It is a quick book to read, perfect for bookclubs this time of year.

Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Romantic, Fun
Very entertaining

I won this copy in a Goodreads giveaway. I don't usually enjoy short stories, but Jojo Moyes has hit a home run with this book. It contains one novella and several short stories.
The novella is about a woman who is planing a weekend getaway with her boyfriend. She gets stood up. She decides to stay in Paris. Much happens to her during this weekend and she discovers her real self.
The rest of the stories are equally as good.

Graphic, Fun, Romantic
It is what it is

This is the second book in this series as told by Christian. No surprises here. It was exactly what you would expect.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Inspiring
What a Walk!!!

Lillian is 85 years old and it is New Year's Eve 1984. As a young woman she moved from Washington D.C. to NYC and was able to secure a job writing advertisements for R.H. Macy, eventually becoming the highest paid woman advertising copywriter in the country. She was also an accomplished poet having had several books published. On this night she decides to take around Manhattan.
The story is told in alternating chapters the present and the past. My bookclub will discuss it this month and I look forward to having a great deal to talk about.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Very moving

In the year 1939 Georgia Tann is the director of a Memphis based adoption organization that kidnapped and sold children from poor families to the rich and famous. There were politicians involved who kept what they knew to themselves. Children were abused and mistreated horribly until they were placed with wealthy families where their lives did change for the better, but this left the biological parents in turmoil never knowing what happened to their children, having been told some died at birth or informed in order to get care for the children they needed to sign over temporary custody, which was a lie. They were signing over parental rights.
While this is a book of fiction, it is based on true events. One cannot truly understand the horrors these children suffered.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Addictive, Dramatic
Keeps you on the edge of your seat

In Australia there are three women, mothers, all with very different lives. The story is about lies that are told and secrets that are kept so the people around them will think they are "normal". It's also about cruelty and bullying for adults as well as children.
It is wonderfully written and gives you plenty to think about.

Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Dramatic, Adventurous
Picks up midway

Lo has been a travel writer for several years for a magazine. When her boss goes on maternity leave she is given the opportunity to take a week long cruise on a new, small ship, very high end. While in her cabin she hears something or someone being thrown overboard. When she reports it, no one takes her seriously because there is no one missing. She meets one obstacle after another in her attempt to prove something is amiss.
The book starts off a bit slow, but picks up about midway through.

A Certain Age: A Novel by Beatriz Williams
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Romantic, Fun
A rollicking good story

Theresa is high Society in New York during the 1920's. She has a philandering husband and a bachelor brother. She falls in love with a much younger man who wants to marry her, but divorce is not an option. When her brother decides to marry, Theresa has Octavian, her lover, check out the background of Miss Sophie Fortescue. What he finds would have been better for all if it had not been discovered.

Love, Lucy by Lucille Ball
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Fun
Everybody loved Lucy

Lucy's daughter found a manuscript written by her mother when she was cleaning out her mother's belongings and it became this book. It chronicles her life from beginning up until she marries Gary Morton. I found it to be very interesting and nicely written. Lucy had a very varied and successful career.

Cover of Snow: A Novel by Jenny Milchman
Boring, Confusing, Slow
Skip this one

I chose this book for my bookclub because of the good reviews.
Nora Hamilton thinks she has the perfect life until her husband, a police officer kills himself. As she investigates, to find out why he did this, she uncovers the many secrets of her small town.
I found this to be a confusing story with two many character.

The High Tide Club: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews
Quick summer read

Brooke Trappenell is a single mom and lawyer trying to establish her own practice. She is summoned by an elderly eccentric woman to a small island. While working for Josephine, she uncovers a decades old murder, lies and many secrets.
This is a quick, easy and entertaining read, but I would not recommend it to my book club.

The Dry: A Novel by Jane Harper
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Dramatic, Interesting

A debut novel that keeps you guessing till the end. The flashbacks are done nicely so that you don't mind them.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Fantastic
Very Moving

Ted and Lily have been together since Lily was a pup. Lily has shown Ted how to live and love. She also has shown him that life does go on after a great loss.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Gloomy

Christopher Knight, at the age of twenty decides to give up everything and live as a hermit in the Maine woods. Surprisingly he survives for twenty seven years. In all that time he has only spoken one word, has never been sick and survived by his wits and stealing only what he needed from the cabins that surrounded his camp.

Informative, Slow, Boring
Mostly about politics

I expected this book to have more information about these famous Roosevelt cousins. The first half of the book was mostly about politics. The story did pick up midway and began to delve more into their personal lives.

Half a Heart by Karen McQuestion
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Dramatic
Heart wrenching

Logan is only nine years old, but has seen a side of his father that no one, let alone a child should ever have to see. Because of events in his short life, Logan has become mute, which enrages his father even more. One evening when the abuse that his father inflicts becomes unbearable, Logan runs. He doesn't realize, the truck he is hiding in is a moving truck going to another state. He is able to survive on his own for several days and begins to think his life is finally getting better, when his father finds him.
This is a story of finding love and living with hope in your heart.
It is beautifully written and though the subject matter is hard it is a well told story.

A Noise Downstairs: A Novel by Linwood Barclay
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Interesting, Dramatic
Don't believe what you hear!

I received my copy from This is an honest review and the first book I have read by this author.
When Paul Davis sees a colleague driving erratically, he follows him thinking he made need help. What he discovers will alter the course of his life. Paul's wife, Charlotte, is unaphappy in their marriage and devises a plan to end the marriage without going through a messy divorce.
This book will keep you guessing till the very end with many twists and turns.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Interesting, Dramatic
Very good thriller

Alicia is found in her kitchen along with her husband's body and a gun. He has been shot five times in the face. Alicia never speaks another word to anyone, even during her trial. She is placed in an institution where psychotherapist, Theo Faber, has become obsessed with finding out not only why she killed her husband, but why she will not speak about what happened that fateful night.
This is a well written thriller which will keep you guessing until the end.

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Beautiful
We all need to forgive

Elise and Nicholas do not know each other, but both are dreading the upcoming holiday season. He see her everyday eating lunch alone in the food court. He introduces himself and proposes they sign a contract in which for the next eight weeks they will pretend, with no strings attached or intimacy, that there are a couple. She agrees and the invevitable happens, but they both harbor secrets that could destroy their relationship.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Inspiring, Dramatic

Wolf has had a difficult life and has decided on his eighteenth birthday to end his life. He is an experienced hiker and heads for the Mountain. While there he comes across three women who have become lost and beg him to help them find their way back. What ensues is a series of mishaps leaving them stranded for several days with no food or water and they must rely solely on each other for survival.

An Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Dramatic, Interesting
Psychological Thriller

Jessica joins a morality study given by a Doctor in order to earn some extra money. It seems very easy at first, but as she gets deeper into the study, she realizes she doesn't know who to believe, The Doctor, the doctor's husband or even herself.

Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Persuasive, Insightful
Wonderful story

Maurice's wife has passed away and he cannot get over the loss. His only son and his family live on another continent. At 84 years old he had decided to end his life. This is a wonderful book told in chapters about a person who has been an important part of his life.

The Air You Breathe: A Novel by Frances de Pontes Peebles
Book Club Recommended
Pointless, Confusing, Interesting

This is the story of two girls growing up together on a failing sugar plantation in Brazil. One is the daughter of the owner, the other the orphan of an unwed mother. The story follows their lives from childhood to old age and is wonderfully written.

The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita Diamant
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Another hit by this author

Addie Baum is 85 years old and telling her life's story to her granddaughter Ava for a school project. The way the story is written the characters really come to life and you can picture where they are at that moment. It is wonderful to see the changes, and how she handles them from 1915 - 1985.

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Too many unanswered questions,

Tara Westover did not attend school until she was 17 years old. She was self taught and managed to get into Brigham Young University as well as Cambridge and Harvard. I do not understand how, when so many members of their church and community knew of this family, why no one notified the authorities that there was a family will several children not seeing a doctor or attending school. Even though she has some small jobs to go along with her scholarships, how did she afford to travel to the Mid East, Paris and back and forth to Idaho.

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
A good pick for bookclubs

Joe Talbert is interviewing Carl Iverson for a college course. Carl is a decorated Vietnam Veteran who is dying of cancer. He is also a convicted rapist and murderer. Carl insists he was wrongly convicted and Joe along with his next door neighbor Lila and some help from his autistic brother begin to unravel the truth about Carl Iverson.

Informative, Interesting, Addictive

Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli are rivals in the couture word of fashion in Paris before the war. Not only are their styles different, but their politics as well. Lily, a young widow travels to France to visit her brother and through his girlfriend becomes involved in both women's lives.
The descriptions of Paris and the clothes are done very well, but the story itself just drags on a bit too much.

Where the River Ends by Charles Martin
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Inspiring

Doss grew up poor in Georgia. Abigail Grace was raised in a privileged life, the daughter of a powerful southern Senator. When a chance meeting happens they both realize they are soul mates, much to the displeasure of the Senator. Ten years into the marriage Abbie devolps a very aggressive for of cancer. Treatment will not help her. Her dying wish is to complete ten things, one of which is to canoe down a river. Along the journey they encounter many obstacles.
While this story was entertaining I found it moved a bit slow. The writing, while good failed to bring tears to my eyes.

Dramatic, Informative, Interesting
Another winner by Judy Blume

The year is 1952. The story takes place in Elizabeth, NJ. During a short period of time there are three plane crashes of flights leaving Newark Airport, leaving death and devastation. Two of the crashes actually did occur. The story follows the main character, Miri Ammerman, who has witnessed the crashes, as she grows and tries to come to terms with the disaster and how it has affected those around her.
This was another good book by this author, however I don't feel book clubs would enjoy it.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun
Cute vignettes

Cute vignettes about everyday life. A quick and easy read.

Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Not my cup of tea

I won this book from Goodreads.
I found this book long and tiring. The sentences were way to long and at times the characters very confusing. I do not enjoy a book that jumps back and forth in time.

Slow, Boring
Not my cup of tea!

I chose this book for my book club and was very sorry I did. I expected more about the lives of the actors and the filming of the movie. This book seemed to deal with history behind the story and many parts were repetitive.

The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
One of this years’ best book!

Annie Clements is a young bride living in Michigan in the early 1900’s. Her husband works in the largest copper mine in the world. Conditions in the mine are poor at best and the living conditions for the miners is even worse. Annie decides to stand up for the miners and tries to get them unionized. She faces insurmountable odds with obstacles every step of the way.
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and would have given it TEN stars if possible.

Unconvincing, Beautiful, Slow
Hard to get into

Sylvie Lee was sent by her parents to be raised in Holland with relatives. She return home after several years. When her grandmother in Holland is near death, she returns one last time, by this time Sylvie is a married woman. While in Holland many secrets are revealed and she discovers her life is not what it seems. When she disappears, her younger sister Amy goes abroad to try and find her.
The first half of this book was very slow moving, the middle started to get interesting ,but it was very easy to figure out the plot.

Stay with Me: A novel by Ayobami Adebayo
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Beautiful
A Mother’s sacrifice

Yejide and Akin have been in love since college. They marry and hope to start a family. Their culture believes in polygamy, but they do not. After four years of marriage, Yejide is still not pregnant and his family brings in a second wife. Both she and Akin go to great lengths to have a child. Finally it happens, but with dire consequences.

Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
Good ending

Mia’s father is a judge, her mother and sister are self absorbed. While in a bar one night she is stood up, again, by her boyfriend and leaves with a guy she just met, it turns out he has been hired to kidnapp her, but when the time comes to turn her over he can’t bring himself to do it. They flee, spending many months in the woods in a cabin while the hunt for Mia goes on.
While the story line was interesting enough and the ending good, the writing style left a lot to be desired. Not only did the time frame jump back and forth but the characters did also. It was a bit tedious.

Be Frank With Me: A Novel by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Optimistic

Alice is sent by her boss, a publisher, to oversea a new book being written be a reclusive author, Mimi, who wrote one great novel many years ago. Mimi has lost all of her money by unscrupulous investors. Unbeknownst to Alice, instead of helping with the move, she is put in charge of Frank, Mimi’s nine year old son. Not only is he precocious, he is highly intelligent, addicted to old movies and dresses like he lives in the 1930’s. Needless to say he does not get along well with the other kids in school.
This is a beautifully written novel that will, at times, break your heart, but also make you smile and laugh out loud.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Fun

Mary Pickford and Frances Marion became fast friends when they were both just starting out in Hollywood. Mary as a silent screen star and Frances as a screenwriter. The novel travel from the early nineteen hundreds to the late 1960’s following the careers and turmoils of these two ladies.
This is a very well written and informative look and the early years in Hollywood.

Saints for All Occasions: A novel by J. Courtney Sullivan
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Informative
Nicely done

Nora and Theresa are young adults leaving their farm in Ireland to come to America in the late 1950’s.Nora is the solid, serious sister and Nora wants to experience everything life has to offer. When Theresa becomes pregnant out of wedlock they devise a plan to save face. It is now fifty years later and a tragedy has happened which the sisters must face and come to terms with that which has happened over the last five decades.
It was a very good story, however, I wish today’s author’s would tell a story from start to finish without jumping back and forth in time. This causes the story to loose some of its feel.

Book Club Recommended
Slow, Insightful, Boring
A bit slow moving

Celestial and Roy are a young, black, newlywed couple, who, while visiting his parents in a small Louisiana town have their live thrown into turmoil when Roy is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. He is sentenced to twelve years in prison, but released acquitted after 5. Celestial tried to be a faithful wife, but she turned to her childhood friend Andre for comfort.
I found this to be a bit slow moving. The story just follows the paths that the main characters take.

A Piece of the World: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Beautiful
Heartbreaking and up lifting

Christina spends her entire life on the family family in coastal Maine. She was born with a physical ailment that the doctors cannot diagnose, she is the only daughter in the family and later as her parents become infirm she must take over the running of the household. An unlikely friendship ensues when Andrew Wyeth appear at the farm one summer requesting that he be able to paint there. This arrangement last a number of years and Christina becomes the subject of his most famous painting, Christina’s World.
This is a beautifully written book combining fact with fiction, my only criticism is that I wish the book was told as a continuous story instead of jumping back and forth in time.

Insightful, Interesting, Slow

Lucy is in the hospital with complications from an appendectomy. One day she wakes up to find her mother, who she has been estranged from for many years, sitting at the foot of her bed. This begins a journey for the two of them going over their past.
I felt the book jumped around way to much and it just didn’t hold my interest.

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Adventurous, Inspiring
Another winner

Tru Walls is a bush guide in Africa, estranged from his wealthy family. Hope Anderson is a nurse, dating the same orthopedic surgeon for the last six years, with no marriage plans on the horizon. Tru is summoned to North Carolina by his birth father, who he has never met. Hope goes to the family home in North Carolina to start going through things to prepare for the sale of the house. They meet. They fall in love. Hope makes a difficult decision. Can love withstand years apart?

Unconvincing, Slow, Confusing
Too many characters

Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis are together again trying to find the killer of a woman who would have been 100 years old in just three weeks. Their investigation takes them back in time to gun molls, murders and all that goes with it,
For me, this book just had way too many characters to keep track of that took away from the story.

Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Adventurous, Interesting
Cold Cold World

Clare is the new priest in Miller’s Kill, NY. She’s an ex-Army helicopter pilot and a very tough lady. When a baby is left on the church’s doorstep on a freezing night, she can’t help but be drawn into the mystery of how and why is was left there. What she discovers is a trail of secrets, nursery and an attraction to the married police chief.

Sold on a Monday: A Novel by Kristina McMorris
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Insightful
Heart wrenching!

Ellis Reed is a struggling newspaper reporter, when in 1931, he takes a picture of two children with a sign on the porch that says 2 children for sale. He does not intend to publish this picture, it is for his own collection, but when it does get published, things spiral out of control.
The book starts out slowly, but picks up midway. It is a story of a mother’s love and the power of doing the right things in the face of adversity.

The Wife Between Us: A Novel by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive
Don’t assume anything

Vanessa and Richard have a fairy tale marriage, until it all goes wrong. They are now divorced and Richard is about to marry a younger, prettier woman. Vanessa begins to stalk her replacement. Is she just a jealous ex-wife or is there more going on.
This is a very readable story, although at times a bit confusing. Loved the twists and turns.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark, Interesting
A Mother’s loss

Mariah Reddick is a former slave who has become a midwife in Franklin, Tennessee to both the white and black women. She herself has one son, Theopolis, who is politically active and is tragically murdered at a rally. Mariah has made it her quest to find out who and why this happened.
The second half of this book flowed much better than the first and there was quite a bit of repetition in the story, but, overall it was a good read

See How She Dies by Lisa Jackson
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun

The Way The Light Bends by Cordelia Jensen
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Beautiful
Fitting in

Linc is her parents natural daughter, Holly was adopted from Ghana. The girls are only four months apart in age, but couldn’t be more different. Holly is bright, beautiful and athletic while Linc is more artistic. The story takes place, in verse, during the girls sophomore year of high school. One of the girls is clearly the favorite daughter, the other is trying to prove herself and find her way in the world,
I did not anticipate enjoying this book at all, however you are sucked right into Linc’s world and cannot help but feel empathy for her.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful
Book Club Pick

Elena Richardson has lived all of her life in Shaker Heights, a progressive suburb of Cleveland. She rents an apartment to Mia Warren an artist and her daughter. The families become involved with each other’s lives with disastrous results.

Just Watch Me: A Novel by Jeff Lindsay
Book Club Recommended
Just okay

Riley Wolfe is a master thief. His next big job is to steal the Crown Jewels of Iran from a museum in the United States. There is a detective who has been on his tale for many years.

Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Interesting, Fun
A fall from grace

Starting in the 1950’s Truman Capote became the toast of NY high Society. He quickly becomes great friends with Babe Paley, the icon of NY society, they for m a friendship like no other. With the wildly successful printing of In Cold Blood, Truman’s life begin to spiral out of control. He has been asked to write an article for a magazine and he chooses to write about all the scandalous secrets his “Swans” have been confideding in him for years. The results are disastrous.
The book itself was very informative, but at time a bit drawn out, but overal I did enjoy it.

We Never Asked for Wings: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Unconvincing, Interesting
The choices we make

Letty has been a mother for fifteen years, but her mother had taken over the job of raising her children, now however she must do it herself and she has no idea how. This is a fabulous story of love, hope and the hard choices we are sometimes forced to make.
If you are part of a book club this would be a wonderful choice.

Honolulu: A Novel by Alan Brennert
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Dramatic, Addictive

Regret, a young Korean woman, leaves her home to come to Hawai’i as a picture bride in the hope of having a better life for herself. When she arrives all is very different. Over the course of the next five decades we relive her very harsh life until she finally becomes the woman she always hoped she would be.

Romantic, Interesting
Quick read!

Lady Elspeth Douglas goes to France in 1914 to visit a friend. She fall for Alain, the brother, and they commit to marry. War breaks out and Elspeth decides to become a nurse, enter Captain Peter Gilchrist. They fall in love. Both men are injured in the war. Elspeth must choose, keeping her promise to one man or true love. But - then comes a twist.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting

This is a story of a mixed Chinese family in which the favored daughter dies at the very beginning of the book. The story then travels back and forth revealing the dynamics of all the family members culminating in the “why” and “how” this tragic event happened.

The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Addictive
Wonderfully written

Ernt Albright is a veteran who was a POW during the Viet Nam war. The man who came home from the war is very different from the man he once was. He has dark and violent moment. His wife and daughter live in fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. Whine a former veteran dies and leaves him his cabin in the Alaskan wilderness the all believe this will be a fresh start for them and the end of Ernts nightmares. They are not prepared for the long, dark and brutal winter and what they will have to do to survive.
Once again this is a fabulous story which is extremely well written. The author makes you feel as if you are right there with her.

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Fun, Interesting, Inspiring
A wonderful surprise!

Kate’s husband passed away a year ago and she is having trouble moving on, in spite of the fact that her young daughter, Devin, desperately needs her. Day by day Kate goes through the motions of living allowing her mother-in-law, Cricket, take over her and Devin’s life. That is until Cricket sells Kate’s house and plans on having them all live together.
Kate finally arouses from her grief and decides she and Devin will have an adventure going to Lost Lake, which is owned by her great Aunt Eby, and whom she has been estranged from for many years. Kate was last there when she was twelve and it was the best summer of her life.
What Kate doesn’t realize is that this adventure will change the course of her life forever.

Insightful, Informative, Beautiful

In a small Mississippi women’s reproductive health clinic
a gunman enters and begins shooting. There are deaths, wounded and hostages, one of whom is the fifteen year old daughter of the police negotiator. The story is told in reverse, starting at the end of the day and reading forward to the beginning. A lot of issues are brought to light with differing opinions.
At times it was a bit difficult to follow the story because of the way it was written and the fact there were so many different characters.

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