SECRETS by Robin Jones Gunn

SECRETS a novel by Robin Jones Gunn is the first of a series of 8 books. “Jessica Morgan wants desperately to forget the past and begin a new life. She chooses a small, peaceful town tucked away in Oregon’s Willamette Valley as the place to start over—Glenbrooke.” This book was published first in 1955 and republished in 1995.. so it may end up having no curse words in it! Hmm I’ll let you know what I think later..

NOTE: This book is written by a Christian writer. So if you are an atheist you might not like it. I do believe in God but I’m not particularly religious. I just try to be a good person, although like most people I tend to say or even do the wrong thing every now and then. As for the book.. I will read the whole book because I like the characters and the story line is interesting.

HERE ON EARTH by Alice Hoffman

HERE ON EARTH is a novel by Alice Hoffman.  It’s an OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB selection. I read her, (meaning Oprah’s selections) books quite often, but don’t like them all. First sentence: “Tonight, the hay in the fields is already brittle with frost, especially to the west of Fox Hill, where the pastures shine like stars.”

Here’s a quote from the blurb on the back of the book:  “After nineteen years in California, March Murray returns to the small Massachusetts town where she grew up.  For all this time March has been avoiding her own troubled history, but when she encounters Hollis- the boy she loved so desperately. ” I’ve read several of this type of story.. hope I like it!

I just read SEVENTH HEAVEN by Alice Hoffman and really enjoyed the intricate and inter-weaved life stories of her characters.

NOTE: I read this book before!! I wondered why it sounded so familiar! So I’ve stopped reading it! I did enjoy it though!

AFTER RAIN by William Trevor

AFTER RAIN by William Trevor. I never even heard of William Trevor who looks to be about 80 in the dust cover. This is a collection short stories, which I don’t usually read. I also hardly ever read novels by male writers because how can I expect them to know what the female is really feeling?  But when yo think about it, how does the female writer write so well about what we think the male characters feel? Then I remember.. in our cycles of reincarnation we were the opposite sex in past lives, maybe more than once.. So we woman have our masculine side and the men have their feminine side.. Why else would my husband like scented candles? And don’t I appreciate being bossy and acting tough every now and then? So I may not like this book, if not I have a box full of Osterhout Library Book Sale rejects that I bought this year, not to mention the flea market and yard sale books I buy.

NOTE: I’m not really enjoying this book. I have a hard time relating to stories set in England with British mannerisms and all. I’m ditching it!

SEVENTH HEAVEN by Alice Hoffman

SEVENTH HEAVEN is a novel by Alice Hoffman. The copyright page is missing!  The story starts out in the year 1959,  and the main character is an American woman named Nora who is determined to raise her two children even without a husband, willing to take love where she can find it, (whatever that means!) LOL .  I’ll let you know how it is!

NOTE: I really enjoyed it, even though it didn’t turn out the way I expected it to.

THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY by Tiffany Baker

Lorraine's books 011THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY a novel by Tiffany Baker. I chose this book by the interesting cover and the blurb on the back of the book. Here’s a preview! “When Truly Plaice’s mother was pregnant, all of Aberdeen joined in betting how huge her baby boy would be. The girl who proved to be Truly paid the price of her enormity: her father blamed her for her mother’s death in childbirth and was ill equipped to raise this giant child…”  Now doesn’t that catch your attention? It did mine. I love a quirky book  with quirky characters!  This poor girl gets teased a lot.. But it’s interesting!

NOTE: This book did not end the way I thought it would! 

JEWEL by Bret Lott

JEWEL a novel by Bret Lott. Let me tell you this.. Bret  Lott is a man who writes like a woman! I was shocked to find I enjoyed a book written by a man! LOL I read quite a few Oprah Book Club selections. I do always like her choices but I’m sure to pick them up at library book sales and Flea markets. This one takes place in the 1940’s. It’s a hard life Jewel lives but interesting to read!