I was so lucky to be able to get an advanced copy of Ellen Dye’s newest book, Ending Up, due out shortly. It is a fascinating story of one woman’s plight to overcome her upbringing and her recent divorce only to find that the place she ran from as a young woman held the best of all futures for her.
Ms. Dye created a lovely book that is sure to charm and enchant other readers as it did me. Her characters have depth and the situations could be written from my life or yours. For who among us isn’t looking for Mr. or Ms. Right? This is not just another romance novel, it is a witty, delightful read that will surely have you laughing, crying, and wondering what comes next.
Ellen Dye has a rare talent for creating characters and plots. I for one will look for more of her work.
I highly recommend Ending Up.
A LITTLE BOOK WITH A LOT OF HEART
Leyla Atke's book Charm: An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat is a little book with great magic and heart. It is a book that I don't believe you have to be a cat lover for it to touch your heart, instead if you are a lover of life you will find this book worth the time to read.
It drew me in from page one and held my interest sometimes in sorrow, when tears sprang from my eyes unbidden, and sometimes in delight for the little black cat held enchantment in its soul.
Ms. Atke held me in the palm of her hand as she laid out her story. It left me believing in the value of hope and miracles and wishing it wouldn't end. I believe Ms. Atke has a definite talent for story telling that can only continue to grow. She weaves her tale so naturally, she makes you believe it is all true and if it isn't it should be.
The book contains charming illustrations done by the author and could be read by and to children as well as enjoyed by an adult.
Many movies and books have been written and filmed depicting life in the old west. Some of them are from the perspective of Native Americans, a few depict the life of the Chinese immigrants, who fled their country or were sold into slavery, many times to die in the mines, working on the railroad, and many of the women were sold into the sex trade. More often the old west is depicted as a glamorous period in history. Although, many of these films and books include a few Chinese, Native Americans, or Mexicans, it is usually the white man that holds the place of the main characters and women come from various degrees of class. Del Norte, by Julia Robb, is different, it depicts life in the old west more clearly and in this reader’s opinion more honestly. I would place it in the category the wonderful movie Broken Trail.
Seldom have I come across a book that so unmistakably takes a reader into the heart and soul of many different types of people. It shows people as they are not as caricatures, but as men and women with dreams, hopes, bitterness, fears, and love. Del Norte is such a book, one that shows how the races may have attempted to intermix into their own society.
It has all the elements of a great read, adventure, love, hate, full and rich characters, and it’s wonderfully written.
Brava to Julia Robb, for writing a book of such richness, and bringing one aspect of how life may have been in the late 1800’s. I can hardly wait to read the next book.
My Fingerpaint Masterpiece by Sherrill S. Cannon, is probably one of my favorite of her children’s books, for its message is more subtle. It tells a story of the importance of truth, learning to recognize and accept one’s own work for both the things one likes and those one doesn’t like.
Yet its meaning is deeper and purer than that, for Ms. Cannon clearly understands a child’s view of the world, there is a sense of color and majesty in this story and its meaning delicately put.
Ms. Cannon recognizes that most children are a bit impatient with sitting still and finishing something when other things are calling. She also clearly understands that they are not necessarily pleased with the result when they feel it isn’t good enough for the world to see. My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, tells us just how sensitive a child’s view of themselves can be and the nurturing us adults must teach, by both our actions and reactions.
Ms. Cannon has written another masterpiece of children’s literature in her new book. Its subtle messages of learning honesty even if few believe you while allowing us as adults to recognize that children see grown-ups clearly.
The illustrations are colorful and beautifully done.
The Intercessor by Miriam Davison is a story to enchant, delight, and make one wonder about the things that we may not see. Do witches, fairies, gnomes, and other worlds exist and intersect with us and what we believe is reality.
Will Abigail find out that the things she imagined when she was young are real, when she moves into her new home?
As an avid reader this book thrilled me, it is well written, fast paced, and leaves one wondering. It has a captivating storyline that walks a delicate line between those things that go bump in the night and the mysteries most of us would like to believe are true.
I loved this book and highly recommend.
Sand, Sea, and Meadow Muffins by Miriam Davison is certainly a delightful romantic story with a touch of mystery. Ms. Davison has a flair for the romantic comedy that captivates one’s readers.
Her character Sarah Phillips is not your average run of the mill romantic leading lady, she is a bit of a klutz, with the ability to attract the wrong men. Yet, this reader found her real and endearing for all her quirks and foibles. She has heart and cares deeply for her fellow human beings.
Ms. Davison has written a completely charming novel that will make you laugh out loud and out times wish you could shake Sarah by the shoulders for she will remind you of the best and worst we can be.
I highly recommend this novel.
After reading Helen Carey’s Lavender Road, I was hooked. I was not disappointed with book two. Some Sunny Day, brought us insight into and more personal growth in the main characters as German bombers are decimating London.
Through the war torn London streets, the reader is taken into the hearts, minds, and true grit that helped the men and women of Lavender Road continue to love and live. Each character is carefully and skillfully woven and there is a sense of place that is truly rare to find in a historical novel.
As a reader, I would find it hard to believe that one could come away from reading Ms. Carey’s books without being deeply touched and wanting more.
This is not just another series it is one that will continue to touch your soul long after the book has ended.
"The Lost Boys" by Mackenzie Brown, kept me captivated from start to finish. While I grew up in the United States and this book was set in Liverpool in the nineteen seventies, it reminded me of so many of the headlines I grew up reading, it could have happened in Chicago.
Mr. Brown’s account of events surrounding the numerous boys who disappeared over the years, one of which was his only son was nothing short of brilliant.
His sense of place was so firmly planted that this reader felt as if she was actually there. The story-line is intense and will over the years continue to be a book I go back to, for in its pages I am sure I will continue to find new ways to interpret and things that I missed upon the first read.
After reading this book I plan on reading more of Mr. Brown’s books and certainly more that include The Black Knight.
Once again Margaret Koch has another fascinating look into the mind and heart of a physiologist who has a knack for reading people. Catalyst, is the eighth book in her Barb Stark series, and as fascinating, fast paced, and utterly engrossing suspenseful as the first seven.
As a reader, I love the rich character development and deep understanding of the human spirit. Ms. Koch’s characters are always spot on. In Catalyst, Ms. Koch, gives us a look at a narcissist psychopathic killer, son of an notorious crime boss, who seems to believe he can deceive anyone. After meeting Barb Stark things take a different turn for this evil man.
Hold on to your boots, for you will be delighted and terrorized with the antics in this book, not to mention some laugh out loud funny moments.
Julia Robb’s novel Scalp Mountain, delves deeply into the Southern Plains’ Indian Wars. It takes place in 1876, and is rich in both its history and cultural understanding of both the time and people who populated this area during these morally complex times.
For anyone who loves a good tale of the old west, one that will bring to life the period with all its tragedy, murder, and prejudice that was rampant this is the book for you.
Ms. Robb paints a picture of life, love, and hate that will leave you breathless with anticipation for her next book. She is a master craftsman and it is difficult to believe she didn’t actually live in these times.