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.
Kevin Swarbrick has definitely written a book that will be talked about for years. It is an honest, heartrending, and heartwarming story of love in all its new glory through the days of betrayal. A story rich in an honest look at life, love, and relationships, Louie has Landed ‘The Early Days,’ based upon his life is at times provocative and at other times despair.
If you want to read a romance based upon a true story. One unadulterated and full of some laugh out loud moments interspersed with times you find yourself shouting ‘Louie, she’s lying ‘this is the book for you.
Maria Savva has once again written a collection of short stories that is sure to make one think as each of the twelve stories draw you deeply into the mind of her characters. Ms. Savva has the unique ability to see into the depths of the human condition and bring to life through her written words the worst and best of mankind.
Her stories always contain some twists that will surprise and entertain you, while bringing you one step closer to understanding the various quirks her characters and plots involve.
I love this authors writing style and will continue to read her works and can wholeheartedly recommend them to others.