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Monday, July 30, 2018

July Books

Island of Bones by Imogen Robertson -- another book in the Westerman Crowther mystery series; this one has the twosome plus Mrs. Westerman's young son Stephen, traveling to the north of England to the place Mr. Crowther grew up.  A skeleton was found in a grave - an additional body - and the pair are asked to solve the mystery.

These Healing Hills by Ann Gabhart -- an easy read.  This book is about Francine, a nurse midwife, who left her home in Ohio to work among the mountain people.  She is warned not to get too close to them, but that's hard for her to do. 

Ties that Bind by Marie Bostwick -- these Cobbled Court Quilts novels are often good to read at parks or the children's museum while the kids are visiting.  So, when they both came to visit, I checked this out of the library.  And it was a good read while I kept one eye on the kids.  This book focused more on Margot, the quilter friend who never married, and was celebrating her fortieth birthday at the beginning of the book. Also, the reader is introduced to the new pastor in town, Philippa.  I enjoyed this book; it was sweet.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware -- I read this mostly because my friend Amber started a new blog and she's discussing it a few chapters at a time. It was an exciting read!

The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper -- an interesting story about a less-famous Alcott sister, May, who pursues art lessons in Europe. I got this from my Amazon Wishlist.  Pretty good story.

And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer -- When Susanna Kessler's uncle dies, she finds a Bach composition among his papers, along with a note about how her uncle killed someone after the war (in Germany) and came into possession of the composition.  Told from today through Susanna and expert consultants, and through how the composition came to be in that house in Weimar. 

Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar -- a novel about Lydia, seller of purple, from the book of Acts (chapter 16).  An interesting way to learn more about Lydia's possible life

Circle of Shadows by Imogen Robertson -- the final book that my library has in the Crowther-Westerman murder mysteries; this time the pair travel to a fictional place in the German Kingdom after Harriet's brother in law is held in connection to a murder

Roamin' & Restin' Wtih the Roamin' Man of the Smoky Mountains by Wiley Oakley -- we bought this at the Clingman Dome gift shop recently.  It was neat reading about this man's experience growing up in the Smokies, and of his travels in some areas we are familiar with (LeConte, the Chimneys, Gatlinburg, Sugarland, and so forth).  But they left everything as he wrote it so you get sentences like this:  "I dident want the dog to wool the opsam or chew it for the sent would git in the dogs nose and then he couldnt smell very good."  (pg. 90)

Let Them Eat Cake by Sandra Byrd -- a rather cute, easy-to-read book about the Francophile Lexi as she tries to get a dream job after graduating from college.  She ends up working in a French bakery.  This was a nice read after a few heavier books. 

The Second Sister by Marie Bostwick -- Lucy is in the final stages of a presidential campaign when this book opens.  Her sister Alice keeps calling in the middle of the night, to talk, make plans for Christmas, to invite Lucy home to Door County, Wisconsin.  Soon Lucy ends up back home and rediscovers people she left behind when she departed this rural area after high school.

This Rock by Robert Morgan -- I've read several books now touching on these characters.  This one spoke in alternate voices of Muir and his mother, Ginny.  Both describe Muir's rocky relationship with his brother Moody, and his zeal to make something of himself in this mountain community.  I'm always left amazed at how hard these people work!

To Die For by Sandra Byrd -- a story of Anne Boleyn as told from her friend Margaret "Meg" Wyatt (whom in the Author's Note, it was noted that Meg was really Anne, but she didn't want to use Anne to avoid confusion so... Meg).  I've read a few historical fiction books about Anne Boleyn so it was good to read another even though much of her story is familiar. 

The Road Home by Beverly Lewis -- an easy read about Lena Rose's parents' sudden death and the splitting of her and her siblings. Lena Rose is offered a sewing position in her father's cousin's house, but it's 500 miles away from her siblings in Michigan. 

The Bride's House by Sandra Dallas -- the story of three women from three generations - Nealie, Pearl, and Susan.  Mothers and daughters who lived in the Bride House there near Denver, Colorado. I liked this book.