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WHERE AZALEAS BLOOM by Sherryl Woods, 2012. This book is about a romance between a widower named Mitch with two grown sons and a newly divorced woman named Lynn who’s having a hard time paying the bills due to her ex-husband’s late child support checks.. They are living in their hometown, and happened to grow up and go to school together. Mitch had a crush on Lynn when he was a young boy. Here’s the teaser:
“Dad’s late with the check again, isn’t he?
How bad is it?” Lexie asked.
Lynn tried to reassure her, “We’re going to be fine, sweetie. I don’t want you to worry about this.”
“We’re not going to be fine,” Lexie retorted angrily. “How did Dad turn out to be such a huge jerk?”
THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS by Margaret Dilloway, 2012.
If you love gardening you’ll love this book. Gal Garner is a 36 year old biology teacher who struggles with kidney disease, and lives on a pretty tight schedule. In her spare time she comes alive in her garden where she cross-pollinates roses as she tries to win the QUEEN OF SHOW in a major competition. Meanwhile her teen-aged niece Riley, the daughter of her estranged sister shows up on her doorstep, and neither one of them will ever be the same.
This promises to be an interesting book.
NOTE: I AM enjoying this book a lot. It’s not a fast moving plot though, a little toned down due to the character being on dialysis every other day. Maybe she’ll get a kidney.. : )
It took me three days to read this book, I read approximately 2 books a week I’ve noticed.
1. I use a handmade book marker, I made it myself and it’s laminated. If I lose it as I do from time to time, I use a magazine card insert, a strip of paper, toilet paper or even a leaf or straw, whatever’s handy!
2. Yes I dog ear books but only if I OWN them!
3. I have my own Book Blog in WordPress and another in Facebook which I don’t use much now, plus I have a Journal where I write down what I read in authors surname alphabetical order.
4. I hardly ever flip to read the end, unless I plan on ditching the book, not finishing it, but even then I don’t usually.
5. I DO judge a book by it’s cover all the time, but the BLURB or the first few pages must be read to convince me.
Stefani from I Read Novels asked for my answers to the following five questions which are about how I choose and treat my books!
1. What do you use for a bookmark?
If I’ve read to the end of a chapter I usually just remember where I am,, I never, ever fold down the corner of a page. I do own bookmarks and I go through stages of using them but then they aren’t where I need them and I use whatever random scrap of paper I have to hand such as a receipt, removed clothes labels or tickets (preferably used)
2. Do you ever mark (dog-ear, highlight, underline, write in, etc.) your books? If you do, what kind of things do you do?
I like my books to look like new even when they’ve been read, so much so that I am often teased for not opening them fully…
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SAVING CEE CEE HONEYCUT by Beth Hoffman, 2010. Cee Cee Honeycut is a 12 year old girl, living with a psychotic mother named Camille, is the laughingstock of the entire town where they live in Ohio. She could often be seen all dressed up in a ratty, second hand prom gowns with lipstick smeared all over her face, reliving her reign as the 1951 Valida Onion Queen. Cee Cee’s absentee father is a salesman who’s never home and when he is he just drinks all night. When her mother dies in a tragic accident, Cee Cee goes to live with her Great Aunt Tallulah, in Savannah, Georgia where she lives a most interesting life.
NOTE: This is a nice little story so far, I’m enjoying the read. I did enjoy this little HAPPY ENDING story.
SARAH’S KEY by Tatiana De Rosnay, 2007. This is a haunting novel of a small Jewish family in Paris, France. It starts out in July 1942 when 10 year old Sarah is brutally arrested with her family in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup. But Sarah has locked her 4 year old brother in their favorite hiding place and kept the key, thinking she will return soon. That is a very sad beginning.
This is also the story of Julia Jarmond an American journalist working in Paris, who is assigned to report on Vel’ d’Hiv’s sixtieth anniversary. While she’s investigating she stumbles upon a trail of family secrets that connects her to Sarah.
I don’t know why am attracted to Holocaust stories, perhaps I was Jewish in a past life and lived through the horrible times. This is the first novel I’ve read, that’s not based on a personal Holocaust story, although I’m sure some of it’s based on facts, the character’s are not real.
So far each short chapter goes from Sarah’s past life, then to Julia’s present life. So you get the stories pieced together slowly as they meld together. . Maybe that makes the horror of it less hard to take?
NOTE: I loved this book. I highly recommend it!