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!
THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF by Lucinda Riley, (c) 2011. Grania (Isn’t that an odd name? Maybe not in Ireland I suppose). Well 31 year old Grania has recently had a miscarriage and is running from the pain. She abandons her boyfriend Matt and their apartment in New York City and has gone home to Ireland, to the family farm. There she won’t have anything to do with Matt. I have yet to figure out why. Now she won’t talk to him even on the phone. Matt is being consoled by a female friend now. Will it become a romance as Matt nurses his own emotional pain over the loss of his child? Who knows. Meanwhile on the cliff overlooking the sea Grania meets a little girl named Aurora Lisles, the eight year old motherless child of Alexander Lisles. Of course she’s quickly becoming attached as she sees her everyday. Meanwhile she’s asked to be a nanny and housekeeper while Alexander goes out of town for a month. We’ll see what happens next.
HEARTWISHES by Jude Deveraux, (c) 2011. I haven’t any Jude deveraux books I admit, but this one sounded good on the dust jacket. Gemma Ranford wants a job cataloging the documents of the Frazier family, one of Edilean’s oldest families. Now that she’s come for a job interview and met the family, she finds she’s attracted to the families oldest son Colin, and he to her. Meanwhile Gemma learns of the “Heartwishes Stone” in some of the centuries old documents. The stone is a magical talisman that grants wishes to anyone named Frazier. She writes it off as a legend until she watches several secret wishes come true for the family. Meanwhile the stone has turned up missing and must be found before it can be used against the family. (Now that sounds a little FAR OUT! Don’t you think?) LOL Nevertheless I will read this book, it seems okay so far.
They thought she was lost forever… WITHOUT YOU by Saskia Sarginson, (c) 2014. One day 17 year old Eva went out fishing with her dad, and was knocked into the ocean by the boat’s sail. Immediately there was a helicopter and boats out searching for her but her body was never found. Eva’s younger sister Faith just knows Eva is still alive and goes out searching for her. The aftermath has her parents marriage disintegrating, but Faith never gives up! Meanwhile on an island nearby is dilapidated, windowless concrete huts, empty for years. Inside one of these huts Eva is being held captive, but she’s fighting to survive and return home.
GROWING UP by Russell Baker, (c) 1982/1984. This well written memoir reads like a good novel. I don’t know why I put off reading it for so long other than the fact memoirs bore me. This one does not bore me a bit! Russell Baker was a child growing up during the depression and he and his mother and sisters lived with assorted relatives after his father died at the early age of 33 of diabetes, a little known disease back then. Russell’s baby sister Audrey is fostered by his mother’s brother and his wife while his mother, Russell and his sister Doris all go to live with one uncle or another over the years. His mother almost got remarried but that didn’t work out, so she got a job even though they were so hard to find at that time. I don’t want to give away too much of the story. Have a good read.
SAVING GRANDMA by Frank Schaeffer, (c) 1997. This book is described as “poignant and hilarious” by The Los Angeles Times. This is the story of Calvin Dort Becker. The son of bible believing missionaries, who in the year 1967 are trying to spread the Word to “spastic children” in Switzerland. Calvin is a very horney teenager living with a bunch of crazy Cgristains, Then his foul mouthed and rather nasty grandma moves in after breaking her hip and she disrupts the whole family. Meanwhile horny Calvin spends his time masturbating with one of the equally horny teens who has cerebral palsy, named Jean-Pierre. Calvin has fallen madly in love with Jennifer and they don’t seem to almost make love but never go all the way until the near the end. Then someone thinks they see Calvin and Jean-Pierre doing the dirty deed with each other when that wasn’t the case at all, but I don’t want to explain. Have fun reading about this crazy religious family.
A SOFT PLACE TO LAND by Susan Rebecca White, (c) 2010. This is a coming of age story of two teen-aged half-sisters who become orphans when their mother and Ruthie’s father die in a plane crash. Then the girls get separated to be raised by relatives. Ruthie ends up with her father’s sister Mimi and her husband Robert and Julia ends up with her father and step mother Peggy. Along the way family secrets are revealed. The sisters argue and don’t talk to each other.. Life goes on you know?
SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY- A Harmony Novel by Jodi Thomas, (c) 2010. I love stories about misfits and the unwanted of society and how they try to fit into life in a small town. It’s not always easy to fit in but the homeless find there way there. Harmony is a small town in Texas. It starts out with a dream an elderly woman named Stella is having portending something bad will happen in Harmony. Something about a gas spreading all over the town. Next is the story of Reagan Truman, only Truman isn’t her real surname, she’s a homeless girl who is taken in by an elderly man named Jeremiah Truman. He tells the town she is his niece so they accept her. Somehow she just fit in and she’s working at the diner where she talks to her friend Noah and meets a man named Gabriel Leary, who limps three miles into town to collect diner takeout. For some odd reason he’s using another man’s name and getting his mail and having packages delivered at a building in town. There’s also Edith who works in the diner as a waitress, and Liz Mathewson a lawyer fresh out of law school, trying to make a name for herself. She meets Gabe who unsettles her life a little. Liz’s brother Hank is romancing the local sheriff Alex McAllen but she won’t settle down for a wedding. I may have left a few people out. Does this sound like a good book? Well I think it is!