EDDIE’S BASTARD by William Kowalski, 1999. This is a coming of age story about William Amos Mann IV, also known as Billy, is the son of a heroic pilot killed in the Vietnam war and an unknown woman. Billy is an Irish American and last in his family’s line, he was raised by his hard drinking grandfather Thomas Mann. I’m really enjoying this old Trade Paperback, I’ll read more from this author in the future.
APE HOUSE BY Sara Gruen, 2011. Remember WATER FOR ELEPHANTS? Well Sara Gruen also wrote that book. This is the story of Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab and she doesn’t understand humans half as much as she does the American sign language speaking apes she works with. But that all changes when she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer who came to the Ape House to interview Isabel about her life as a scientist for the Apes.. Shortly afterwards there is an explosion at the Lab and Isobel is injured. John returns to write another story on the explosion and helps Isobel reconnect with the human beings in her world so they can save the apes from exploitation. So far it seems like a good book.
NOTE: It seems the APE HOUSE is a building the highly sexual bonobos apes were sent to when they were sold, it’s an online moneymaking scheme where viewers pay to watch their sexual acts. Meanwhile they use their ASL skills to ask for the things they want.
NOTE: This is a REAL good book, I highly recommend it!
THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion, 2013, an Advanced Reader’s Edition. It says “THE COMPULSIVELY READABLE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER” at the top of the cover. I have never read such a book. Graeme Simsion is from Melbourne Australia of all places. I don’t usually read books written by people from England, with all their informal slangs and VERY formal utterances, and I was afraid I wouldn’t like it, since Australians are largly from the UK aren’t they? But what do I know? I’m an unworldly 55 year old white woman. On top of that I don’t read many books written by men.. (Isn’t that a shame?) But I find I like the rather quirky, GEEKY main character so far. His name is Don Tillman and he’s a Professor of Genetics, who has a brilliant scientific mind (and it’s hinted he’s got high functioning Asperger’s Syndrome with his ability to memorize things), but doesn’t get too far with the ladies, never has a second date.. he bombs out on them all, but he’s now on a quest to find the perfect partner. Then in walks Rosie Jarman a woman who is on a quest of her own looking for her biological father and she asks Don Tillman to help her. How can he help her? I have no idea, I haven’t met her character yet, I’m only on page 14. Rosie bombs out on Don’s Wife Project list of credentials, she’s the complete opposite of his requirements for a perfect partner, but he’s getting used to having her and her unpredictable ways.
NOTE: I’m really enjoying this book! It’s NOT like a typical British author’s book.. It’s much like how we talk here in the USA!
THE PUB ACROSS THE POND by Mary Carter, 2011. Here’s a new author and I’m really enjoying her work. This is the story of an American Irish/Jew from Cleveland, Ohio who wins a pub in Ireland in a $20.00 raffle. Carlene Rivers is a beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed, 30 year old single white woman who seems to have the worst luck with boyfriends and almost anything else! Here she is in Ireland trying to run this pub without much help from the family who owned the pub and ran the raffle. It seems quite a few townsfolk aren’t very friendly towards her. Last thing I read Carlene was stuck in the Bog she owns behind the pub, and sexy Ronan McBride pulled her out.. He’s a 30 something single Irish guy who was unlucky in love and now has a gambling problem, not to mention how much he and all the regulars drink in a day! LOL
TEMPTATION RIDGE A Virgin River Novel by Robyn Carr, 2009. Well here I am 55-year-old (with nary a sex life at this point! Ugh!), reading about sexy 20 and 30 something characters. This is a sequel to a few of the others in the series so the people are familiar to me. Of course the characters are all sexy and filled with passion and have the BEST sex life that I never had! HA! This one is about a woman named Shelby, age 25 who’s come to Virgin River for a few months to stay with her uncle before starting nursing school in the all. She meets up with sexy, virile 38-year-old Luke Riordan, a handsome Blackhawk pilot who just retired from the army. He’s telling himself he’s too old for her, but hey does that ever stop anyone when the sexual attraction is too big to handle?
I live in a very small town of under 1000 people. We have a small diner here and the owner has a collection of free books she lets folks borrow. Some folks never bring them back when they’re done.. (namely me). I forget and usually donate them to our local small town library located in 2 former classrooms in our 1890′s historical school. I went to the nearest gas station which is 3 miles up the road, and discovered that they also have free books sitting on a shelf above the Hershey’s ice cream freezer, which is where I got the book I’m reading now. I told the woman checking me out I would return it. Well have my son return it at least since he frequents the gas station so much for milk, lunch meat, hoagies, frozen dinners and gas. So at least if I’m desperate for a book (since the library is only open 3 days a week from 1-4 PM), I can go there or the diner across town, which I could walk to if I had to.
JOELLE’S SECRET by Gilbert Morris, 2008. Remember Gilbert Morris? The former pastor now an English professor and very prolific Christian writer? I really do enjoy his writing, except when he comes out preaching. But I manage to push it into the background and read the story anyway. This one is about an orphaned 17 year old Joelle Lynn Mitchell who runs away from her evil stepfather soon after her mother dies. It seems that Burl Harper wants her in his bed with or without a marriage certificate. He has a warrant out for her arrest claiming she stole from him. Of course she didn’t. She meets up with Owen Majors, a recently released Ex-Con who really wasn’t guilty of the crime. Anyway, Owen think Joelle is a young man because that’s how she hid her identity while on the run from her stepfather. He eventually finds out of course, and I suppose they fall in love. Morris’s books usually have a happy ending and the hero and or heroine usually get “saved”.