Sophie got her first haircut today. I think maybe she had 2 inches off. I am curious if it will curl up more once it's washed. She looks to have survived her first cut MUCH better than her brother Zach did. Granted, he was younger when he had his first haircut, but he struggled with haircuts for a while. He never cared for things buzzing around his head. Sophie probably only had to deal with scissors.
The Geometry of Sisters
by Luanne Rice -- a new author for me; a story about a widow traveling
from Ohio to Rhode Island to begin a new job, and have a new start after
her husband drowned and her oldest child ran away. The story of Maura,
Travis, Carrie, and Beck. And people they meet in Rhode Island - J.D.,
Pell, Lucy and so forth. Good book
The Paris Winter
by Imogen Robertson -- another new author for me; An English woman
studying art in Paris takes a job as a companion for a man and his young
sister. But things aren't quite as first told, and Maud finds herself
accused of theft, opium addiction, and is nearly drowned!
Love on the Line
by Deeanne Gist -- Texas Ranger Lucious Landrum goes undercover as a
telephone troubleman in order to bring down Frank Comer's train-robbing
gang. He meets and works with a rural switchboard operator, Georgie
Gail, and this book is about their time in a small Texas town.
No Place for a Lady
by Gill Paul -- I got this book at a little free library while at the
beach recently. Two English sisters end up in Crimea when their country
sends troops to help the Turks during the Crimean War. Lucy heads there
as an officer's wife, while Dorothea is a nurse.
by Leslie Gould -- book three in the Courtships of Lancaster County
series; This one finds us going on a camping trip with the
Becoming Bea by Leslie
Gould -- the final book it Courtships series; this one about Molly's
younger sister Bea who helps as a mother's helper to a lady with
The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter
by Lawana Blackwell -- this is book two in The Gresham Chronicles. I
read the first one early last month, but waited until the kids' visit
was over to start book 2. It took a bit longer as well because someone
else had this book checked out of the library. That someone else being
my mom since I recommended the series to her. Anyway, I finally got it
from her when I returned my dad's truck on Saturday, and, oh, it was a
good book indeed. Just something about it, I really enjoyed. It's about
so much more than the title, too. So many fun, interesting, colorful
characters there in Gresham!
A Framework for Understanding Poverty - by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. -- a few weeks ago, I was discussing Hillbilly Elegy
with a teacher friend from Ohio who had lived a few years in the North
Carolina mountains. She mentioned this book by Dr. Payne, and I told
her I would put it on my Amazon Wishlist. I received it for my
birthday, and read through it in a few days. The author compiled her
research into this book after being asked several times to present her
knowledge on the subject of "the mindsets of poverty, middle class, and
wealth." I found much of it interesting especially dealing with the
matriarchal power in households of poverty, and the different forms and
roles of language (formal, casual register, frozen, and so forth) and
story. The chapter on Discipline and the parent/child/adult voices. I
told my friend that the book made me sad, though. I found it interesting
later when I read the conclusion and it mentioned grieving.
The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark by Lawana Blackwell -- book three in The Gresham Chronicles; I enjoyed this series and the cast of characters!
The Amish Blacksmith
by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner -- book two in The Men of
Lancaster County series; I read book one awhile back, and had to wait
and wait for book two to be available. This is the story of Jake, the
few-months-older uncle of Tyler (the main character in book 1). Jake
returned from blacksmithing and farrier school, and is completing an
internship with his friend, Amos. I enjoyed learning more about horses
while reading this book. Made me consider FIL's horse, Flash, a bit as I
can see her from my backyard while reading.
The Amish Clockmaker
by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner -- book three in The Men of
Lancaster County series -- a good book about Matthew Zook's search for
the man who lived in his room as a boy. Clayton Raber left town in
shame decades earlier after being accused of murdering his wife.
Matthew needs to find Clayton about a property dispute, but who knows
where this excommunicated Amish man lives - or if he's even still
alive! I enjoyed learning about Clayton and Miriam's story - the middle
part of this book.
The Apothecary's Daughter
by Julie Klassen -- I read this years ago, but it was worth a
re-read. A great book about Lilly and her season in London and then her
return to her small village to help her dad's apothecary shop.
The Things We Keep
by Sally Hepworth -- a novel about Anna, a thirty-eight year old who
has early-onset Alzheimer's. Anna is put into a residential treatment
center where she meets Luke who also has some form of early dementia. A
The Baker's Wife by Erin Healy
-- After a pastor is forced to leave his church, his family runs a
bakery. One foggy morning, the baker's wife, Audrey, hits a scooter and
is soon blamed for the disappearance of a police detective's wife. Kind
of a weird story, but it did teach some good lessons about involving
yourself in others' lives and reaching out with compassion.
Mothers & Daughters
by Rae Meadows -- the stories of Violet, Iris, and Sam, three
generations with glimpses of Violet's life in New York City with a mom
addicted to opium, Iris' plan to take her own life on her seventy-second
birthday, and Samantha juggling motherhood and her memories of her mom
Treasured Grace by Tracie
Peterson -- first book in the Heart of the Frontier series; a book about
Grace, Hope, and Faith, sisters who traveled west to the Whitman
Mission; an ok book
Legacy of Love by Joanna
Trollope writing as Caroline Harvey -- this is what the cover says
anyway. I got this book in Wrightsville Beach at one of those little
free libraries. I am out of library books presently so I'm reading a
few books I keep on hand for when I run out of library books. This one
is about three generations (or more) of women: Charlotte and Emily who
follow Charlotte's soldier husband on an adventure in Afghanistan;
Alexandra, Charlotte's granddaughter, who finally leaves her rural home
in Scotland for her Great-aunt's home where Emily tries to make
Alexandra into a proper lady; and Cara, Charlotte's namesake and
Alexandra's daughter, as she deals with staying home to care for the
family and farm instead of being able to go on an adventure when England
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul
Kalanithi -- a friend sent this to me for my birthday; She had read
it, and thought I'd enjoy it too. I read most of it last evening. Paul
was a young neurosurgeon completing his training when he was
diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at age 35. You read this book
knowing he died while writing it, but are still amazed at the way he
processes things, how he sees now what it's like to be on the other
side: the patient with a scary illness. What an amazing man, and a
great book that he left for us to ponder.
The Camel Bookmobile
by Masha Hamilton -- Fiona, a librarian in New York, answers a
newspaper ad about traveling with a bookmobile to semi-nomadic peoples
in Kenya. This novel gives perspectives from a local teacher, his wife,
the American, and several others. Some are in favor of these books
while others denounce them as intruding on the old ways.
The Pleasure Was Mine
by Tommy Hays -- just like the book above, I got this one recently at a
free little library. I realized soon that I'd read this one before, but
it had been long enough that I enjoyed it again. This is the account of
Prate Marshbanks, a 70-something, who had to put his wife into a
nursing home after she lost her memory. Prate visits Irene with their
grandson Jackson who is staying with Prate for a few weeks while the
boy's dad paints.
Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring
by Bassem Youssef -- I remember seeing articles about this Egyptian
comedian/satirist a few years ago; he's the "Jon Stewart of Egypt"
apparently. A friend sent this book for my birthday, and I enjoyed
reading about the revolution and coup in Egypt's more recent years. He
confirmed things I had heard about the Muslim Brotherhood and the
Zach and Sophie are at Disney World in Florida right now with their grandparents. I enjoyed these pictures their Nana shared on Facebook.
They were really more thrilled than Sophie appears here. Linda said they hardly ate anything at brunch because they were looking around for Mickey and Minnie. Also, she said Sophie kept on giggling. Awwww.
I love her watching Goofy here.
And hugging Mickey.
Linda said Zach wore these Mickey hands about all day. Good thing the weather is a cool 97 degrees, eh?
The Widow of Larkspur Inn by
Lawana Blackwell -- The first book in the Gresham Chronicles; a nice
tale of Julia Hollis and her children who leave London after the death
of their husband/father who left them in debt. Julia opens an inn in
the country - a place for lodgers to stay and rest in a peaceful place.
The story describes life there with the villagers and the lodgers.
Elementary, My Dear Watkins
by Mindy Starns Clark -- another book about Jo Tulip and her friend
Danny. In this book Jo's life is in danger, and they have to find out why. Also, Danny is in Paris for a photo shoot as he follows
The Amish Nanny by Mindy Starns
Clark and Leslie Gould -- book two in The Women of Lancaster County
series; This one follows the story of Ada who found out her parentage is
not as she grew up thinking. In this story, Ada gets the chance to
travel to Switzerland to see places important to her Amish/Anabaptist
The Amish Bride by Mindy Starns Clark and
Leslie Gould -- book three follows the story of Ella as she leaves
Lancaster County to learn baking in Indiana; also she tries to help her
grandmother solve a mystery in a book their ancestor left
The Amish Seamstress
by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould -- the final book in this
series, this one is about Izzy, the young Amish caretaker and
seamstress, and about Zed, Ella's film-making brother; a pretty good
series over all
Bryson City Secrets by Walt
Larimore, M.D. -- a follow-up book to an earlier book I read about this
young doctor living in a small town in western NC; he reveals why his family left this charming mountain town
by Leslie Gould -- book two in The Courtships of Lancaster County
series; This follows Cate's cousin Addie's story - the only girl in a
houseful of brothers. Pretty good, but I liked Cate's story much more.
The Amish Groom
by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner -- part of The Men of
Lancaster County series. I figured since I read the Women series, I'd
give this a try. Tyler's mother was raised Amish, but left her faith
community to marry a career military man. When she died suddenly, Tyler,
age 6, went to live with his Amish grandparents while his dad went
overseas. In this book Tyler, now 23, feels a restlessness. He's not
sure if he should join the Amish church or join the "Englisch" world
where he started life and where his father, stepmother, and brother
A Daughter's Inheritance by Tracie
Peterson and Judith Miller -- book one in The Broadmoor Legacy; three
cousins, this book focused on Fanny, who was orphaned when her mother
died in childbirth and her father took his life. I wasn't sure if I'd
like this book, but enjoyed it better than I thought. When Fanny was
named in her grandfather's will, her greedy Uncle Jonas does his best to
make her inheritance his own.
by Tatiana De Rosnay -- a great way to learn more about the rounding
up of mostly women and children in July 1942; this story follows the
stories of Sarah, the ten year old Jewish girl, who was taken by the
French police, and Julia, a journalist in 2002 trying to find out more
about this terrible moment in history
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kids by Bill Bryson -- a memoir about his life in Des Moines, Iowa
An Unexpected Love
by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller -- book two in The Broadmoor
Legacy; this book focused more on Sophie although the other cousins were
mentioned; good story
A Surrendered Heart by
Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller -- book three in The Broadmoor
Legacy; this book focused more on Amanda as she had to make a choice
about saving the family fortune and so forth
The Ebb Tide
by Beverly Lewis -- an Amish lady goes to Cape May, New Jersey, for
eight weeks one summer as a nanny for an English family. Will she go
back to her Old Order Amish ways or follow the freedom of the non-Amish
Deception on Sable Hill
by Shelley Gray -- this is a follow-up book from the book I read last
month; It takes place during the Chicago World's Fair, and features
Eloisa Carstairs and her friendship with the Irish police officer Sean
Ryan, as Detective Ryan seeks to find out who has been preying upon
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance -- I saw this book listed online and put it on hold with
my library. After several weeks - months even - it was my turn to read
it. And it was an interesting read about Appalachia. I could relate to
some of it regarding people I know. It made me sad in many ways, but
grateful, too, that people like J.D. were offered hope through positive
role models. It challenged me to be a good role model for others
because that's more important than I might have thought.
The Promise of Palm Grove
by Shelley Shepard Gray -- I read this book one in the Amish Brides of
Pinecraft series, and hoped it would get better, but it never really
did. Just a very predictable, rather silly and boring account of Leona
and her friends traveling from cold, snowy Ohio to a warm winter
destination. Leona leaves behind a fiancé who doesn't take her thoughts
into account, and she meets caring, thoughtful Zack. End of story.
Bringing Jesus To The Desert
by Bradley Nassif -- another colorful, informative book in this series;
This one focused on Middle Eastern saints like Anthony of Egypt, Moses
the Ethiopian, Makarios of Egypt, Pachomius, Melania, John the Little,
and Simeon the Stylite. The author is from a Lebanese family (though he
grew up in Wichita, Kansas), and he gives examples from his own family.
I'm also glad he included a few family pictures in this small book.
A Texan's Promise
by Shelley Gray -- Book 1 of The Heart of a Hero Series; eh, it was
better than the last book I read of hers, but nothing special. Since I
had it here, I went ahead and read it before returning it to the
The Secret of Pembrooke Park by
Julie Klassen -- another delightful book, and this one was a bit of a
mystery. Abigail moves to the Pembrooke manor after a solicitor
contacts her nearly bankrupt father about a distant relative wanting his
family to move there. I enjoyed reading much of this while enjoying a
lovely day or two outside.
Among the Fair Magnolias
-- four short (~80 pages) stories from Tamera Alexander (the best of
these four), Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser -- not my
favorite stories by far
Bryson City Seasons: More Tales of a Doctor's Practice in the Smoky Mountains
by Walt Larimore, M.D. -- My mom read this book years ago. I remember
her telling me about these doctor stories from WNC, and I found this
book the other day while browsing. I enjoyed this because Bryson City
is a charming place and it was so interesting reading about it back in
the 1980s. Also, doctor tales are interesting to me.
The Road to Somewhere: Travels with a Young Boy Through the Old World
by James Dodson -- apparently this guy is famous in the golf-writing
world, and he does look a bit familiar, but I got this book at a book
exchange (I think), and finally got around to reading about the summer
he and his 10 year old son, Jack traveled to various European
destinations. I enjoyed the account especially to places I've been
(Ghent, Paris) and places I'd love to go (all the rest of them!) At the
time of this writing James lives in Maine, but I looked him up now and
see that he and his wife live in North Carolina presently. I wonder
what happened to Jack (who'd be about 27 now..wow.).
Softly & Tenderly by
Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck -- This is book two in a series that I
never started so some of Jade's story was reviewed in its pages. It was
fair, and a quick read.
In the Shadow of Denali
by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse -- first in the Heart of
Alaska series; Allan Brennan travels to Curry, Alaska, to get
information on why his father died six years ago on a mountain-climbing
trip. He meets the guide who took his father up Denali.
by Leslie Gould -- first in the Courtships of Lancaster County series; a
very cute book about Cate and her sister Betsey, and the stranger in
town who is suddenly interested in Cate (whom no one else wants to
court). Is Pete being bribed to court her?
The Tutor's Daughter
by Julie Klassen -- Emma travels with her father to the estate of two
former students so her father - a tutor - can privately teach the
troublesome twins. Another good book with some mystery to it.
The Secrets of Wishtide
by Kate Saunders -- This is a Laetitia Rodd Mystery which my mom passed
along to me after she finished reading this library book. The lady
reminded me of the Murder She Wrote lady - or I kept picturing her
anyway - during this story. A pretty good story.
by Deeanne Gist - this is actually a book that comes before the other
book I read about Texas spinster Essie Spreckelmeyer. Now I know the
story of how book two came to be. She's a pretty funny, likeable
A Study in Scarlet Women by
Sherry Thomas -- I saw this book on my library's website and put it on
hold. It's a new book in a new Lady of Sherlock series. Charlotte
Holmes' deliberate fall from grace means she has to support herself.
She becomes the female Sherlock, and solves mysteries. Pretty
Bride in the Bargain by
Deeanne Gist -- sometime after the American Civil War, women were
brought to the PNW as brides for men. However, some of those "brides"
didn't know they were going over to marry. They had contracts to be
domestic helpers, nannies and so forth. This book explores one such
situation in a rather humorous way. Anna believes she is going to be a
cook for a lumberjack, Joe, and his crew. But Joe needs a wife in order
to keep the 640 acres of land he's been working the last decade.
by Wanda E. Brunstetter -- an Amish book about a young widow and her
son, Josh, who move to Charm, Ohio, to live with Lydia's mom and ailing
A Haven on Orchard Lane by
Lawana Blackwell -- When an aging London actress tries to come back to
the stage, she falls apart and her estranged daughter checks her out of
the hospital where she's recovering, and they live for a time in a small
English village. Thus is the setting for Charlotte and Rosalind's tale
in this book. I rather liked it!
The Amish Midwife
by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould -- Part of The Women of
Lancaster County series; this book is about Lexie, a nurse-midwife, who
travels from her home in Oregon to Pennsylvania to get answers about her
adoption. She works with a Mennonite midwife who delivers babies for
Amish women, among others.
The Dancing Master
by Julie Klassen -- Unlike most of her books, this one seemed to
equally focus on a male character, dancing and fencing master Alec
Valcourt, recently of London, but now in a small village after something
scandalous happens in his family. In this village, he meets Julia
Midwinter who seeks to leave this boring, small place where her mother
keeps a way-too-watchful eye.
Hidden Affections by
Delia Parr -- Harrison and Annabelle were forced to marry after their
stage coach was robbed and they were handcuffed together. Yeah, a likely
scenario, but whatever. As Harrison seeks an annulment, they have to
put on appearances of being a young couple in love.
How Sweet It Is
by Alice J. Wisler -- After recovering from a bad accident, Deena moves
from Atlanta to Bryson City, North Carolina, where her grandpa left her
his cabin - if she promises to teach a cooking class to children in a
community center for six months.
The Trouble With Tulip
by Mindy Starns Clark -- Jo Tulip writes a newspaper column offering
household tips. In this book, she and her best friend Danny are caught
up in solving a mystery about their elderly neighbor's sudden death. Was
it just an accident or was Edna Pratt murdered?
The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth -- Three generations of midwives, Floss, Grace, and Neva tell parts of their stories and reveal secrets.
All the News Unfit to Print
by Eric Burns -- I found this at a book exchange or perhaps I bought it
at the 25 cent sale, but I've had it way longer than Donald Trump has
been President. Yet, I felt it was something he would like to read
because it talks about journalists and stories that have been made up or
omitted or sensationalized or changed from centuries ago to not so long
ago (copyright is 2009). Some rather interesting stories. It had me
googling certain people since I often like putting names and faces
Fatal Judgment by Irene Hannon
-- book 1 in the Guardians of Justice series; U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor
is assigned to protect a federal judge, Liz Michaels.
Blind Dates Can Be Murder by
Mindy Starns Clark -- book two in the series about Jo Tulip; another
mysterious death leads Jo and Danny on another adventure: this one
involving some tough mafia-type guys and missing, stained money.
Revealed by Tamera
Alexander -- I read book 1 in this series so I needed to read the final
two. This one had a few characters from book one, and told the stories
of Annabelle Grayson and her brother in law Matthew Taylor as Matthew
took her to her husband's land in Idaho.
Tamera Alexander -- This book was about a lady from France who came to
the Colorado Territory in search of her father who had left Paris
decades before. Véronique hires former trail-man-turned-mining-camp-supplier Jack Brennan to take her into the mountains to search for the father she thinks abandoned her.
Be Still My Soul
by Joanne Bischof - book one in The Cadence of Grace series. I picked
this up when I was hurriedly choosing books one day at the library.
Pretty good, simple tale of two young people, Gideon and Lonnie, forced
to marry, and their struggle in the early days and weeks.
The Girl in the Gatehouse
by Julie Klassen -- The story of Mariah Aubrey, a young lady banished
to her aunt's house far from home, and the people she meets while living
near a poorhouse. Another good story by this author.
Lilies in Moonlight
by Allison Pittman -- a rather cute (quirky? silly?) book about Lilly, a
"fun-loving flapper" who ends up at the home of a young man, Cullen,
injured and scarred by war and his mother, Betty Ruth.
Though My Heart is Torn
by Joanna Bischof -- book two in the above-mentioned series; This book
follows Gideon and Lonnie as the couple is tricked into returning home
so Gideon can face some pretty serious charges that will affect them and
others in big ways.
My Hope Is Found
by Joanne Bischof -- book three; continued story of Gideon and Lonnie
with the characters added in book two - Cassie and the reverend, Toby.
An enjoyable series.
Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West
by Peter Hessler -- I've enjoyed Peter's tales the last few years.
This one had a few familiar stories from past books, but several new
things. I really enjoyed the bit about the Japanese organized crime
("All Due Respect" chapter), and the story of his friend from Missouri
and later Japan, Jake Adelstein.
What a character! I love the stories from when he and his wife move
to the US for a short while. They chose Colorado and he told a
super-interesting tale about "Dr. Don" the druggist in Nucla. Neat
guy! I found his words on page 325 sad because he said small-town
Americans were not curious about his story! So different from me, the
ever-curious one! I really enjoy Peter's books. I hope he writes a new
one sometime about his life in Egypt because last I heard, he and his
family moved to Cairo.
The Silent Governess
by Julie Klassen -- I have read a few of her books now, and I love
them. Love them! I am not sure why, but there is something about her
stories. I could picture myself there in that house with the children
and the comings and goings of the earl and his son. Great story about
Olivia, Edward, Audrey, and Andrew. Really enjoyed this one!
by Suzanne Woods Fisher -- "An Amish Beginnings" novel ; I read a few
of her books last year, and discovered a new book which I'd not read.
Only it was second in this series and I hadn't even read this one soo...
I read about this Amish community's journey across the ocean from a
small village in Germany to Fort Philadelphia. Most times I read Amish
books in the context of them on their farms, working in quilt shops or
what not. But this book was almost entirely about the trip over the
Atlantic after a delay in the English Channel. It's the story of Anna,
one of the lone Amish people aboard who knows English, and, therefore,
works as a translator between her people and the ship's crew.
A Lasting Impression
by Tamera Alexander -- I enjoyed getting to know about Belmont Mansion
and the fascinating character Adelicia Acklen, although the author
admits she took liberties in fleshing out the real woman. Still. This
book is mainly about Claire, a young lady from Paris who had lived in
New Orleans where her father ran an art gallery - forging art, that is.
When Claire flees to Nashville, she ends up working for Mrs. Acklen.
Also in this book I was introduced to a real life person, Henrietta
Caroline LaVert nn Cara Netta.
by Deeanne Gist & J. Mark Bertrand -- I've read a few of Deeanne
Gist's book in recent months, and this one was quite different. She
teamed up with a suspense writer to create a bit of a different book. It
takes place in Charleston and the heroine - or maybe she's the Robin
Hood thieving from wealthy clients - is a dogwalker, Rylee. Pretty easy
read. I think I prefer Ms. Gist's old-timey books, however.
A Beauty So Rare
by Tamera Alexander -- a great follow-up story to the earlier Belmont
Mansion book although it focused on Adelicia Acklen Cheatham's niece
Eleanor who comes to Nashville in order to put her father in an insane
asylum. Eleanor doesn't like to make hair art or potpourri sacks, but
gets involved in something rather common for someone in her station:
she dares to cook for widows and children in the community! In the book
she meets Austrian Marcus Gregory who is in America in order for things
to die down back home, and also to live like a common person for a
while. An enjoyable story!
Beyond All Dreams by
Elizabeth Camden -- The story of one of the few female librarians in
the Library of Congress, Anna O'Brien notices an error in the historical
record of the sinking of a ship that took her father's life. She seeks
to correct this mistake only to find people in high places keeping
track of her and silencing her. She enlists the help of her life-long
friend Neville, and the highly-emotional congressman from Maine, Luke
Callahan. Not my favorite Elizabeth Camden book, but fine for an easy
read while sitting out enjoying these beautiful February days (feels
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
by Julie Klassen -- another good tale from this author; Margaret flees
her household when she overhears her stepfather plotting with his
nephew over a way to acquire Margaret's inheritance. Somehow Margaret
ends up working as a servant in the house of people she knows - yikes!
Can she stay hidden long enough to turn 25 so she can inherit?
Shadows of the Past
by Patricia Bradley -- more of a suspense/mystery book starring Taylor,
a victim profiler instructor near Seattle who travels home to Logan
Point, Mississippi, to help resolve family disputes involving land, and
also to figure out who is stalking her! Why did these odd gifts and
photos start showing up when she wondered whatever happened to her
A Promise to Protect by
Patricia Bradley -- book two in the Logan Point series; this one follows
the acting sheriff, Ben, and the new doctor in town, Leigh, who used to
live in Logan Point. They work to find out who is setting fires,
shooting at people, and shipping guns to Mexico.
The Mill River Recluse by
Darcie Chan -- The stories of Mary, the town recluse who lives in the
marble mansion overlooking the town, and her only friend Father O'Brien
plus the newcomers. My mom recommended this book. I like how the
author wrote that she thought "it would be interesting and challenging
to build a story around a character who is misunderstood or different in
some way, and to show that even someone who is seemingly far removed
from his or her community may in fact be more special and integral than
anyone could imagine." (pg. 376)
In Siberia by Colin Thubron -- another travel adventure with the author; interesting tales!
by Suzanne Woods Fisher -- book two of the "Amish Beginnings Novel"
series; this one continues the story of the group of Amish who landed in
Fort Philadelphia. They travel to settle the land.
Secrets of Sloane House
by Shelley Gray -- Rosalind leaves her farming family in Wisconsin to
travel to Chicago during the World Fair time in order to work at the
house where her sister worked before she disappeared.
We were in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia, from the end of January until today so I'm a bit late posting this! Wow, February already! Christmas will be here before we know it. :)
Trauma Junkie: Memoirs of an Emergency Flight Nurse
by Janice Hudson -- I have read a few books in the last couple of years
by doctors or EMS workers. This one was similar, but different because
of the flight aspect. It was a fairly easy read in that you could read
it quickly, but the material wasn't always easy especially when children
die. Still, it was a good book which my mom had read last year and
passed along to me when I saw her on New Year's Eve.
Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader
by Matthew Qvortrup -- I certainly learned a lot about German
politics! And some personal things about Mrs. Merkel's upbringing and
life. This was in the new books section at the library and I figured I
needed to read a biography instead of more fiction. Right?
Naked and Marooned: One Man. One Island.
by Ed Stafford -- I read his book about walking the Amazon so I decided
to read this one where he was left on an island for sixty days. Pretty
interesting read if you enjoy this sort of thing.
by Kim Vogel Sawyer -- When an Old Order Mennonite man arrives in their
hometown with news about a favorite aunt's death and her inheritance,
Marie and Beth have to decide whether or not to go back to Marie's
former hometown in Sommerfeld where she left twenty years prior.
Because Aunt Lisbeth's business and home can be Beth's, but only if she
agrees to run the café for three months before selling it.
by Kim Vogel Sawyer -- This book continues the story of Marie and Beth
with more of the focus on Beth's new stained-glass window business in
Blessings by Kim Vogel
Sawyer -- This is the last book in the Sommerfeld trilogy. While Beth
plays an influential role in this book, the main character is the café
owner's daughter Trina who wishes to pursue a career as a veterinarian
because she feels God put that desire and love for animals in her. The
only problem is her Old Order Mennonite district has never approved of
higher education. No one has done schooling above grade nine. Also,
her boyfriend Graham is wanting to marry.
Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China
by Peter Hessler -- I've read a couple of his earlier books, and added
this one to my Amazon Wishlist. I always enjoy his tales about people
he meets in China. I like that he told about the Chinese language and
characters in this book. Lots of interesting stuff!
Lady of Milkweed Manor
by Julie Klassen -- A great novel about Charlotte and her time in a
lying-in manor, her experiences in a foundling hospital and as a wet
nurse in England. I enjoyed this book, and will look for others from
To Win Her Favor by Tamera
Alexander -- I read a few books from this author last year, and enjoyed
them. This one takes place at Belle Meade, a plantation in Nashville,
Tennessee, not long after the Civil War. It's about horse racing, and
confronting stereotypes, and an arranged marriage in order to save the
family farm. The story of Maggie, the Southern horsewoman, and Cullen,
the Irishman trying to make a new life in a prejudiced South.
Deep in the Heart of Trouble
by Deeanne Gist -- a bit more lighthearted than the other books of hers
that I've read, this one takes place in the oil cities of Texas back
when bloomer-wearing women on bikes was gaining popularity (or not.)
Tony Bryant comes to town after he is disinherited by his father. He
wants to work for another oil company and comes to find out Judge
Spreckelmeyer's daughter, Essie, runs things.
To Whisper Her Name
by Tamera Alexander -- another Belle Meade Plantation novel; This one
focuses on Olivia Aberdeen a young widow who comes to the plantation as a
personal assistant to the lady of the house. She meets Ridley Cooper a
South Carolinian who fought with the Federal Army...though she and no
one else on the plantation - save one - knows this until much later.
The Painter's Daughter
by Julie Klassen -- The story of two brothers Wesley, the artistic
brother who travels to Italy on a whim, and Stephen, the duty-bound
younger brother, and Sophie, the painter's daughter, who somehow comes
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
by Sarah Vowell -- a biography about the French teenager who came to
the US to help fight in the Revolutionary War. I only chose this book
because of the author! Soon after reading this, Andrew and I were in
Savannah and saw Lafayette Square in the historic district.
The Sister Circle
by Vonette Bright and Nancy Moser -- I was at the library the other day
picking up a Zoom pass for the Durham Museum, and grabbed a few books.
This was one of them. A recently widowed lady realizes her husband left
her with little insurance money so she decides to take in boarders.
These ladies and their friends form a friendship - or a sisterhood of
sorts. In this book you meet Evelyn the lady taking in tenants, and
Mae, Tessa, Audra and her little girl, Summer. Also, friend Piper and
Rekindled by Tamera Alexander --
I've enjoyed her other books so I figured I'd read the Fountain Creek
Chronicles; this is about Kathryn Jennings whose husband leaves one
Christmas morning saying he'd be back at the end of the week. Only he
doesn't come back. And folks speculate on whether or not he survived
the feet of snow that blew through that day. What happened to Larson?
As Kathryn goes on with her life, she meets a kind ranch hand Gabe and
later the disfigured Jacob who works at the big-time ranch owner's
place. A good tale.
No Place for a Lady
by Maggie Brendan -- a book I picked up while gathering several books; I
like to try new authors, but this one wasn't that good. It was OK, but a
bit too silly and predictable. Still, I may read more in the Heart of
the West series since it was an easy read. We'll see. This was about
Crystal Clark, the Southern belle from Georgia, who visits her Aunt Kate
in the Rocky Mountains. She does her best to fit it.