TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME by Carol Rifka Brunt, (c) 2013. This reading group book was bought at a thrift store for a mere dollar! I looked inside and it was a Margate City Public Library book taken out 11/05/2014, I even know who borrowed it. I could send it back I suppose. I looked them up and sent them a note! Margate is in New Jersey! How about that?
Well it looks like this book takes place in 1986 and deals with the new AIDS crisis, centering on fourteen year old June Elbus who along with her older sister Greta, sixteen, are having their portrait painted by their uncle Finn who is dying of AIDS. After Finn dies June notices a man at the funeral, and later she receives Uncle Finn’s Russian Teapot through the mail. Then she receives a note from a man named Toby who is also missing Finn. So I suppose she becomes friends with her uncle’s lover. It sounded like a heartwarming story. I’m only on page 14, but I do like this book!
NOTE: Did you notice no one ever talks about AIDS anymore? Please note that this book is kinda heartbreaking to read about death, and recovering from the death of a loved one with the Aids thing going on. It’s a cloudy overcast day and I feel like shedding a few tears now, but I’m half way done with the book, I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. I finished this book today! I read about 200 pages. I have a little eye strain now!
DAY DREAMER by Jill Marie Landis, (c) 1996. Okay this is an old hot and heavy historical romance, the likes of which I haven’t read in quite a while. 20 year old Celine Winters is living in New Orleans. She grew up an orphan of a prostitute and a gypsy. Her guardian Persa, a fortune teller took over her care after her mother died. Like many Gypsies Celine has the second sight and all she has to do is touch someone to see into their past. One day a male client kills Persa because of what she saw in his past, and then tries to kill Celine also but she gets away and stumbles in the path of a wealthy run away Irish girl and she ends up marrying the man the girl was supposed to wed in an arranged marriage. Now Celine is on her way to the est Indies with her new husband Cordero Moreau. This proves to be an interesting read.
THE AVALON LADIES SCRAPBOOKING SOCIETY by Darien Gee, (c) 2013. I admit I’m NOT a scrapbooker although it seems pretty popular according the supplies in MICHAEL’S Hobby and Art Supplies store. As I read this book I swear it was written in conjunction with a scrapbook supplies company! heck maybe it was! LOL Anyway in spite of that the characters seem quirky and just plain human and I always liked that! The author lives in Hawaii with her husband and three children, other than that there’s not much info on her in the book not even a photo. She did write FRIENDSHIP BREAD also.
RESTLESS WIND by Dorothy Garlock, (c) 1986, 2002 large type. Rosalee lives in the Colorado mountains where she cares for her ailing father and younger siblings, and their life is far from easy in their dirt floor cabin. One night the dog barks awakening the family as a strong half white, half native American man asks to be left in. His name is Logan Horn and he asks for help caring for his dying mother Morning Sun and they are allowed to enter. Rosalee opens her door and her heart as she comes to love this rugged yet sensitive man.
A YEAR BY THE SEA by Joan Anderson, (c) 1999. This is the true story of a menopausal woman who separated form her husband and spends a year by the sea. I guess she’s learning to be her true self? Can we really do that? Be who we are without thinking about it first? Judging our every action? So far I’m enjoying the book. You might also. It’s not a long story, just 181 pages before you get to the About the Book section at the back (which I skip over usually). So far Joan spends time working in a fish market and meets up with an older lady named Joan Erikson and they become good friends.
ALL TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE by Jane Kirkpatrick, (c) 2000. Here’s a story about Mazy and Jeremy Bacon who are traveling on the Oregon Trail from with Mazy’s mother Elizabeth Mueller and a 15 year old girl named Tipton who is hired on to help Mazy who just broke her arm before leaving on this trip. Tipton is also engaged to a young man named Tyrell who is the blacksmith for the trip. They not not allowed to marry her until Tipton turns 17, as he promised her mother and father. Meanwhile Tyrell seems to admire a rather spunky mature woman who’s driving her own wagon. This book is based on a true story by the way. I look forward to reading the rest of the book.
A HUNDRED SUMMERS by Beatriz Williams, (c) 2014. This novel starts out in October 1931 in New Hampshire. Lily Dane is in college and hangs out with her best friends Budgie and Kiki watching Dartmouth College football games. Out there on the football field Lily sees the handsome and Jewish Nick Greenwald. Lily seems the only one interested in him. Nick gets hurt during thast game.
The next chapter jumps to Seaview, Rhode Island in 1938. I gather from the back cover blurb that Lily is engaged to Nick Greenwald at some point but he ends up married to Budgie and they are very wealthy. There’s some secrets to be told and a hurricane is churning in the Atlantic, so lots of things happening ahead!
A YEAR BY THE SEA by Joan Anderson, (c) 1999, 2000. This is the true story of a woman and her husband taking a year off from their marriage. Joan ends up at a family seaside cottage working at a fish market, and clamming for money. It’s very interesting to be able to live such a laid back life with intervals of her family visiting. Does Joan end up divorced? I’m not telling.