I live in a very small town of under 1000 people. We have a small diner here and the owner has a collection of free books she lets folks borrow. Some folks never bring them back when they’re done.. (namely me). I forget and usually donate them to our local small town library located in 2 former classrooms in our 1890’s historical school. I went to the nearest gas station which is 3 miles up the road, and discovered that they also have free books sitting on a shelf above the Hershey’s ice cream freezer, which is where I got the book I’m reading now. I told the woman checking me out I would return it. Well have my son return it at least since he frequents the gas station so much for milk, lunch meat, hoagies, frozen dinners and gas. So at least if I’m desperate for a book (since the library is only open 3 days a week from 1-4 PM), I can go there or the diner across town, which I could walk to if I had to.
JOELLE’S SECRET by Gilbert Morris, 2008. Remember Gilbert Morris? The former pastor now an English professor and very prolific Christian writer? I really do enjoy his writing, except when he comes out preaching. But I manage to push it into the background and read the story anyway. This one is about an orphaned 17 year old Joelle Lynn Mitchell who runs away from her evil stepfather soon after her mother dies. It seems that Burl Harper wants her in his bed with or without a marriage certificate. He has a warrant out for her arrest claiming she stole from him. Of course she didn’t. She meets up with Owen Majors, a recently released Ex-Con who really wasn’t guilty of the crime. Anyway, Owen think Joelle is a young man because that’s how she hid her identity while on the run from her stepfather. He eventually finds out of course, and I suppose they fall in love. Morris’s books usually have a happy ending and the hero and or heroine usually get “saved”.
THE SUNDAY WIFE by Cassandra King, 2002. This is the story of a Florida Methodist Minister’s wife. Dean Lynch is a middle aged minister’s wife and it’s not just her name that’s unusual. Dean and Benjamin Lynch have been married for over 20 years, and all this time Dean never felt she fit in, creating social blunders all the while. But when she meets Augusta Holderfield her whole life changes. In the prologue you are drawn in to the present moment, Dean is all alone driving to a trailer home in Grayton Beach on the Florida panhandle to recover from something horrible which happened to her after she moved to Crystal Springs Florida with her husband. Dean never fit in and was ignored by her husbands congregation after she befriended Augusta and her gay friends Rich and Godwin who later married enraging the residents of Crystal Springs and the Methodist Church congregation. Now I won’t tell you anymore.. I’m having hard time putting this book down to get things done around the house this morning.
FALL FROM PRIDE by Karen Harper, 2011. This novel is set in Amish country, Ohio. It seems there’s an arsonist setting fires to barns in a Ohio Amish community. The male character Nate MacKensie is a 30-year-old arson investigator, and he’s sexy as all get out.. Sarah Kauffman, is an unmarried Amish woman who paints quilt squares on the local barns, thought to be a prideful thing by the community but she hopes to draw in tourists with her artwork. She of course is a lovely and perhaps sweet 24-year-old woman. I’ll get back to you on the story..
Here’s a list of the books I acquired at the library book sale. (TP= Trade paperback, HC= Hard Cover, PB= regualr paperback)
EDDIE’S BASTARD by William Kowalski, 1999. TP
THE KITCHEN HOUSE by Kathleen Grissom, 2010. TP
THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion, 2013. TP
THE SPIRIT KEEPER by K. B. Laugheed, 2013, TP
BUT INSIDE I’M SCREAMING by Elizabeth Flock, 2003. TP
THE VIOLET SEASON by Kathy Leonard Czepiel, 2012. TP
AT THE SCENT OF WATER by Linda Nichols, 2004. TP
THE PUB ACROSS THE POND by Mary Carter, 2011. TP
ANOTHER COUNTRY by Katharine Swartz. (The title/CR page is missing) UGH!! HC
WITH SONG by Dorothy Garlock, 1999. PB
THE BEACHCOMBER by Josephine Cox, 2003. PB
TEMPTATION RIDGE by Robyn Carr, 2009. PB
THE MATCHMAKER by Debbie Macomber, 1986. PB
TWENTY WISHES by Debbie Macomber, 2008. PB
HEART OF TEXAS: Column 1 by Debbie Macomber, 1998. PB
MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS by Robyn Carr, 2012. PB
THE WANDERER by Robyn Carr, 2013. PB
365 WAYS TO MAKE CHICKEN COOKBOOK by Cheryl Sedaker, 1981. CB
FIVE INGREDIENT FIX (I gave it away) CB
I also bought 5 books I already read. I hate it when I do that, but they were by favorite prolificate author’s, the names all seem similar! Like 98% of my books I’ll donate them to my small town library my mother runs.
RUBY: A Dakota Treasure Series 1 book by Lauraine Snelling, 2003. This book has a Christian author and publisher. This is the story of Ruby Torvald age 20 and her younger sister Opal. They have inherited a whore house it seems and also “inherited” the “soiled doves” who work there. She’s working on transforming the Saloon and whore house into a hotel and restaurant. The two prostitutes are now working for Ruby in a more upright manner. I can guess she succeeds and get’s married to the army captain or the cowboy..
TWO RIVERS by T. Greenwood, 2009. Who is T. Greenwood anyway? I had no idea if it were a man or a woman. Since the story is told from a man’s point of view I can assume it’s a man right? There is no photo or BIO of the author either.. So I went read the Acknowledgement page and saw the reference to Greenwood’s MERMAMA BLOG, which makes me think T. is a woman… I’ll have to see about that blog and let you know. Here’s T. Greenwood’s Mermama Blog link! http://mermama.blogspot.com/ …. Yes SHE is a real mama! LOL
Harper Montgomery is the 34-year-old father of a young motherless girl named Shelly. His wife Betsy died when she was a mere 22 years old when Shelly was a one year old. But for many years now Harper has felt grief and guilt ever since he and his teenage friends committed a brutal crime on a local black man. Meanwhile Harper married Betsy, his childhood sweetheart and Shelly was born, a year later Betsy has died. Harper works for the local railroad and when the train derails and kills several people, Harper shows up to try to save people, and happens upon a survivor, a pregnant 15-year-old black girl named Maggie, whom he takes home after she refuses to contact her family. Harper is trying to atone for the sins of his past..but can he? Yes I AM enjoying this book.