WITH EVERY LETTER by Sarah Sundin

WITH EVERY LETTER by Sarah Sundin, 2012. I generally hate books with a letter theme. I want to read dialog! I enjoy that! Nonetheless THIS book only has letters interspersed throughout the story and the characters seem likable so I am reading it.

Here’s the blurb on the back of the book:

“Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met- even if it is anonymous and part of a moral building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa,welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence-he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years.

As their letters criss-cross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both ar transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face to face for the first time.  Will they overcome their fears and revel who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?

   Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing–and true love.”.

NOTE: So far I’m enjoying the writing, and the lonely character Mellie is someone I’d like for a friend. (Isn’t that what happens? You are drawn to a books character because they sound like someone who could be your friend?)

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THE ROSEWOOD CASKET by Sharyn McCrumb

THE ROSEWOOD CASKET by Sharyn McCrumb, 1997. This is NOT a your typical mystery which is why it peaked my interest. This is the story of Randall Stargill who lays dying on his Appalachian farm.  Meanwhile his children are gathering for his demise and the funeral afterwards. A local real estate agent hovers in the background, ready to make an offer for the farm. Nora Bonesteel a mountain wise-woman with the second sight, who was Randall’s sweetheart in days gone by informs his sons that a small box containing human bones needs to be buried with Randall. Sounds rather interesting doesn’t it? A book of Dark secrets, family strife, and eerie legends.

Rainbow’s End by Irene Hannon

Rainbow’s End by Irene Hannon, 2007. This LOVE INSPIRED romance is of course a Christian based novel, published by Steeple Hill Books. It’s a very nice story about a badly disfigured widow who has secluded herself on a tiny island off the coast of Washington State. 2 years after her accident she allows a scruffy yet thoughtful stranger stay in the small guest cabin on her property. As predicted the two are falling in love. Need I say more? I don’t mind a Christian published book as long as they don’t preach to me, so this one is fine so far. I hope the other Love Inspired romance I have will be equally as good.

THE GINGER TREE by Oswald Wynd

THE GINGER TREE by Oswald Wynd, 1977. This is  twenty-year-old Mary MacKensie’s story, and it takes place in 1903 Scotland and later in Peking where the British in Peking are scandalized my Mary’s adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman. Later she is turned out of her European community in Peking and separated from her small biracial daughter. This is a story of a woman’s hardship in a land where woman are barely tolerated, and Westerners even less. This novel spans 40 years of Mary’s life including two wars and the 1923 Tokyo earthquake. This book was turned into a PBS Masterpiece Theater presentation, and I never watched it! Foreign NOTE: This book was written in a journal type format and that is my least favorite book format, I’m not enjoying it like I hoped I would. NOTE: Here’s a sample of the male author writing from a woman’s point of view, First page, first paragraph. Here’s the sample: “January 9th, 1903 I was sick yesterday on my birthday, after not having been sick crossing the Bay of Biscay and even in the storm off Malta. It seems silly to have been sick in a little sea like the Red Sea, but when I did get to the deck at sunset, to escape from Mrs. Carswell’s groaning, the Second Officer came up beside me at the rail and said that I had been unwell because of the ground swell from Somalia. He said that many people who can stand up to all sorts of bumping and knocking about in storms are unable to stand up to a heavy ground swell. He is quite a nice man, though he must be thirty at least. He has very big hands. Too big. I did not tell anyone it was my birthday yesterday, not even Mrs. Carswell. She was being sick, too, much worse than me.” NOTE: I suppose he’s a half decent writer, perhaps I should read the book after all. NOTE: Well I gave it a good try, but I just can’t seem to get into this book. I’ll get new ones from the library tomorrow.

NOTE: I didn’t finish this book! I just couldn’t get into it!

IN THE MIDNIGHT RAIN by Ruth Wind

IN THE MIDNIGHT RAIN by Ruth Wind, 2000. I read this book already! In fact if I had taken the time to open the inside of the paperback cover I would see what I wrote! “A real good book! LB” See there I thought it sounded familiar and it certainly was.

Here’s the rundown on it from the back of the book cover:

Ellie Connor is a biographer with a special talent for piecing together fragments of the past. Her latest project, though, promises to be her most challenging- and personal. Not only is she researching the life of a blues singer who disappeared mysteriously forty years ago, but Ellie is also trying to find the truth about the parents she never knew. The love child of a restless woman who dies young and an anonymous father, Ellie has little to go on but a faded postcard her mother sent from a small East Texas town- the hometown of her latest subject. Of course there a sexy older man involved named Blue Reynard and they have incredible sex (of course). LOL.

NOTE: I’m sure you’ll enjoy it since I obviously did!

DARK INHERITANCE by Carola Salisbury

DARK INHERITANCE by Carola Salisbury, 1975. The old book doesn’t have a dust jacket, I had no idea what it was about until I read the first page, It’s the year 1845 and Twenty-one year old Susannah is the daughter of a one armed former Lobster man who has resorted to furnishing his tavern with smuggled contraband. It seems the Dewaine’s who are the local gentry have lorded it over the townsfolk of Pennan Haven on the Cornish Coast for seven hundred years and Susannah is throughly sick of them as she just witnesses the death of a buck down at the water’s edge during the Dewaine’s latest hunt, and now they are lording it over her at the tavern where they’ve come for a few drinks after the hunt. Well Susannah has a fiery spirit and this could be a good book. I’ll have to let you know.

NOTE: WONDER by R.J. Palacio

WONDER by R.J. Palacio, 2012. This #1 New York Times Bestseller is a novel about a 5th grader named August (Auggie) Pullman, a boy born with a facial deformity. I am assuming it’s a VERY good book, and I admit it sounds interesting so far. Wondercrre

Note: I am really enjoying this book, I love a “coming of age” novel written from a child’s point of view, and this is certainly a quirky child who’s really as ordinary as any other.