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 GIFT OF A CHARM by Melissa Hill, (c) 2015. I think someone from PANDORA had a hand in this book? It’s about a woman named Holly O’Neill who owns a charm bracelet she received the day after her adoptive father’s funeral. She assumed it was a post dated gift her father gave her after his death. From then on she anonymously received charms on special occasions. Here it is 18 years later and she is a single mother of a 7 year old boy trying to make a living while working in a upscale second hand store. One day before Christmas she finds a charm bracelet in an expensive designer coat and she’s determined to find the owner one way or another since it must have been a mistake. Who would give a coat away with a obviously important charm bracelet in it? Maybe the whole three boxes of clothing were sent to the store by mistake. Holly ends up searching the city far and wide looking for the owner. Along the way she must meet up with the other main character of the book; a young man who just quit his job as a stock broker, which he hates, to be a self employed photographer. So far I’m liking it. It will have a predictable ending, but that’s okay.
MORE THAN MEMORY by Dorothy Garlock, (c) 2001. Dorothy Garlock is one of my favorite authors. I pick up her books where I buy nearly every book I read, in flea markets and yard sales and thrift stores. I picked this one up nearly a week ago, but I read the last two books I posted about first. Today I started reading this one, starts out in 1949 Iowa, with a pregnant 16 year old girl named Nelda Hansen and her 18 year old boyfriend, Lute Hanson forced into marriage and quickie divorce to give her baby a real legitimacy. Nelda is quite intimidated by her marine father who’s a big tough bully of a man. Lute is upset she won’t go against her fatjer. She is too weak willed. Lute is sent packing and he joins the Navy. Nelda and her father move to Virginia where he remarries and his wife helps Nelda run away with her 6 month old baby girl back to Iowa and her grandparents. Soon after her baby girl dies and Nelda enrolls in college in Chicago. Now here it is 9 years later, Lute and Nelda are older and wiser. Nelda is not a woman to be intimidated anymore and Lute has a chip on his shoulder about the painful past they share. It’s starting out rather well as most Dorothy Garlock books do.
THE TRAITOR’S WIFE by Kathleen Kent, (c) 2011. Kathleen Kent is one of my favorite historical writers. I absolutely loved THE HERETIC’S DAUGHTER which is a sequel to this book. This story preface starts out in 1649, London, England, and switches over to 1673 Ballerica, Massachusetts. This is the story of a rather prickly spinster Marta Allen who works as a servant in her cousin’s household where she meets a tall Welshman named Thomas Carrier and falls in love with him. As the story starts out some London hired assassins are sent to the new world to seek revenge for their boss. As usual I don’t want to give away too much of the story. Please read this if you love a historical novel. I take special interest in this novel since I may be a descendant of Sarah Carrier if I could only find the link. Even if I don’t I do LOVE this type of novel, and it is so well written too! You won’t be sorry if you read it.
PROMISEGIVERS by Dorothy Garlock, (c) 2008. This double novel is merely a reprint of two of Dorothy Garlock’s earlier out of print books. The first is THE PLANTING SEASON (c) 1984, the second is AMBER-EYED MAN (c) 1982. So far I am enjoying the book. The first is about a struggling lady farmer who must now share half her farm with the grandson of the woman to whom her father sold it. It seems Iris is having a hard time accepting his mobile Home being moved in next door, and she can’t help but scoffing at a navy man who knows nothing about farming. It seems she’s very bristly towards him, but he is trying to get along after all. Will they fall in love after all? Then a disaster strikes the farm. I can’t wait to see what happens!
MEN AND DOGS by Katie Crouch, (c) 2010. This is the story about one screwed up woman. She’s about 35 years old, and she keeps messing up her life! She cheats on her husband several times. It seems this all started when she was 11 years old and her father went out on a boat and never came back and they never found his body, but presumed him dead. He’s been long “buried” and her mother remarries a wealthy man who helped raise Hannah and her gay older brother Palmer. It really is a good book. I love quirky characters after all. So lets see how she fixes her life after all she had to come back to her hometown to recover from a balcony fall. Now Hannah gets to visit with all the people who were there all those years ago when her father drowned. I did enjoy this book and you might also.
GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee, (c) 2015. What does that title mean anyway? This is Scout’s story after she’s grown up and moved to New York City to be a writer, it takes place in the 1950’s. Now she must return home to take care of her ageing and ailing father. Let me tell you, I’m having a hard time trying NOT to compare the true facts of Harper lee’s life from the Biograpy I read a while back. Scout’s life in NYC probably mirrored Harper Lee’s life there! Anyway, I put the book aside for now, I may pick it up again someday but I’m feeling very restless with my reading selection I have right now. I often wondered if Harper Lee wasn’t gay.