TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME by Carol Rifka Brunt

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!

SHADES OF GRACE by Barbara Delinsky

SHADES OF GRACE by Barbara Delinsky, (c) 1996-2005. Grace Dorian is a eloquent and classy advice columnist. The Confidante is America’s favorite advice column, and Grace made it so. The column is her whole life, plus that of her daughter Francine and granddaughter Sophie who work for her. Grace’s once sharp mind is beginning to dull, her witty remarks and sharp thinking are slowly fading away. Meanwhile Francine won’t accept her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, as she’s reluctantly becoming attracted to her mother’s doctor who diagnosed Grace’s illness. It’s interesting to read considering I turn 59 this year and have my own occasional forgetfulness. It’s a well written book. I have read only a few of Delinsky’s books and am so happy to see she wrote many more.

MONTANA DAWN by Caroline Fyffe

MONTANA DAWN by Caroline Fyffe, (c) 2010. This cowboy romance travels down a bumpy road as do all romances as you may have noticed the formula by now. Heavily pregnant Faith Brown is a young widow in the throes of labor during a thunder storm when Luke McCutcheon finds her in her wagon. Her horses are gone and her stepson Colton fearing Luke will hurt them bangs him on the head with a cast iron skillet. Luke ends up delivering the baby who he named Dawn. Now the couple are not in love yet. Luke needs to find out what or who she’s running from and of course that takes up the whole story. I did enjoy this book and I’m sure you will too.

ISABELLA MOON by Laura Benedict

ISABELLA MOON by Laura Benedict (c) 2007. This thriller novel is very good. I don’t usually read them but I was getting down to the nitty-gritty with my used book supply. I may just have to read more of this thriller novel genre.

Isabella Moon was a little girl who turned up missing two years earlier in idyllic Carystown, Kentucky. Kate Russell came two Carytown right after Isabella came up missing. Recently Kate has been visited by Isabella ghost or earthbound spirit and lead Kate to her burial spot in a local black cemetery.  Soon after Kate walks into the local sheriff’s office and tells Bill Delaney where the child’s grave is supposed to be. He thinks she’s just strange after that and tries to find out information on Kate, but doesn’t come up with very much, except that she was pretending to Kate Russell and was using a dead woman’s SS# and ID.

Meanwhile Sheriff Bill Delaney uncovers a whole lot of unsavory things in his little Kentucky town. It’s turning out to be a very interesting read. I suggest you gave it a try!

THIS IS HOW I’D LOVE YOU by Hazel Woods

THIS IS HOW I’D LOVE YOU by Hazel Woods, (c) 2014. Hazel Woods lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children, so I am not surprised some of the story takes place there. I plan on reading more of Hazel’s work, if she has any in the future. This is the story of star crossed lovers… Or so it looks right up to the end, but will they smarten up and become one family? I highly recommend this book about an ambulance driver in WWI and the daughter of his pen pal chess player whom he loves but hasn’t met. I found the tragic story just enchanting! (Okay that is a real flowery word coming from my mind.. sorry!)

DAY DREAMER by Jill Marie Landis

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

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

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.