LOVESEEKERS: SING SOFTLY TO ME (1986) and GENTLE TORMENT (1980) (both reprinted 2007) by Dorothy Garlock.

SING SOFTLY TO ME involves a young 22 year old nurse named Beth Marshall. When she was 19 she fell in love Tom Clary the brother and best man of her sister’s husband, whom she met at her sister’s wedding. Tom has come to bring Beth from Minnesota to her sister’s home in Wyoming where her sister needs a nurse. Meanwhile they travel on trecheous roads, and Beth still feels very attracted to Tom after all this time.

GENTLE TORMENT takes place on the Alaska frontier where Lindsy Williamson fled to forget about her soulmate and ex-husband who wrecked her trust in men. Except Jake suddenly shows up to win her back. This story also promises to be full off passion, and I’m sure to enjoy it.

Note: THis was not a GREAT book! I was disappointed by the second story. The first was full of seduction, which is fine I guess, but the second was too typical of my high school reading days.

DANCE WITH ME by Luanne Rice

DANCE WITH ME by Luanne Rice, 2004/2005. Luanne Rice is one of my favorite authors, I can always count on her to entertain me. In fact I started this book this morning and I’m already on page 135 after half a days reading! So that means it’s a great book, but Rice’s usually are after all.

This is a nice family drama, about two sisters  Jane and Sylvie who come home to take care of their diabetic mother who also suffers from Alzheimer’s. The older sister Jane was forced by her mother to give her baby girl up for adoption 15 years earlier when she was a 20 year old college sophmore.  This decision tore her up so bad she quite college, moved out of town and seldom returned, since she was adopted by someone who lived in the same Rhode Island town.  Now Jane’s become a famous baker in NYC, and owns a bakery that caters to the stars called Calamity Bakery.  Jane’s daughter was adpoted by a childless couple who don’t get along very well. Chloe just met Jane and hasn’t noticed how much they look alike but I’m sure she will. Jane’s love interest is Chloe’s Uncle Dylan, who has some injury to his leg and he retired to his family’s apple orchard which he’s rennovating as a true business.

NOTE: Does this sould interesting you you? I hope so, it’s a good book so far.

A SIMPLE CHARITY by Rosalind Lauer

A SIMPLE CHARITY by Rosalind Lauer, 2014. This Amish story happens to be the last of a series of three. This is the story of an Amish midwife named Fanny Lapp, a twice widowed mother of 6 children. Although Fanny had no children by her first husband who dies in a farming accident, her second husband Thomas Lapp was a widower with three children of his own, and they went on the have three children of their own. Their last child was born after Thomas Lapp died, and when the story begins the baby is a mere five months old.  So here Fanny is twice widowed already and not even thirty years old.

As I may have mentioned before I don’t typically enjoy reading these Amish stories because I frankly can’t stand reading about people who shun someone who makes a mistake or is not accepted by the rest of the community because they marry an “Englisher” or just don’t follow the rules. It’s been quite a while so I think I’m ready to read about an Amish midwife and her association with a “English” midwife as they begin working on opening a birthing center for this Lancaster Amish community

NOTE: So far I’m enjoying the book..

The Same Old, Same Old Books

Do you get tired of reading the same old book themes? I do, you get locked into one prolific author and they are too predictable, too boring. I LOVE the old Nora Loft books, I have even read them over again in the past. I just love her historical details, that made me feel I was viewing real ancient English life from hundreds of years ago. I have yet to find as interesting a writer in this day and age. The lives of her characters were not easy but authentic I always felt. Plus I have English ancestors from the Gardner family who were colonists in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania so I feel a connection to their past. Besides I believe I lived in England in a past life.

As I got older I was attracted to quirky characters, and I admit they are much easier to find when so many more authors are writing books then ever before. They need quirky characters to hold our attention and interest! I admit I gravitate to historical novels since I’m an avid genealogist, but I also love a good down home book that makes me feel good. On occasion I’ll read a book with a dark plot or unhappy ending but they do make you feel Dark and or depressed sometimes.

NOTE: I don’t know how predictable my Book Reader Blog is for you folks, maybe I bore you too!?

THE LOST QUILTER by Jennifer Chiaverini

THE LOST QUILTER by Jennifer Chiaverini, 2009. I have read a few of Chiaverini’s books and I enjoyed all but one, THE MASTER QUILTER.

This is the story of quilt that goes by three names- Birds in the Air, after it’s pattern; The Runaway Quilt, after the woman who sewed it and The Elm Creek Quilt after the place to which it’s maker longed to return. The quilter who made it was a slave named Joanna who was a fugitive slave who traveled on the Underground Railroad in 1859 trying to reach a safe haven at Elm Creek Farm. Now doesn’t that sound interesting?

Joanna was caught by slave catchers and returned to Josiah Chester’s plantation in Virginia, but she left behind her most precious possession, her son.  Hans and Anneke Bergstrom and their maiden aunt Gerda raised the boy as their own, and the secret of his identity died with their generation. But a Bergstrom descendant named Sylvia Bergstrom Compson treasures the antique quilt made by Joanna, and she tries to find out the mystery of the quilt.

Joanna was punished for her escape by being sold off to her master’s brother in Edisto Island, South Carolina, and she grieves for the loss of her son and resolves to run again, to reunite with him someday in the free North. Meanwhile she finds love in the slave quarters where he skill with a needle becomes highly prized. Joanna pieced together a quilt full of the clues to lead her back where she left her son.

NOTE: There is much more to tell you as I read the rather long Blurb in the book jacket and I just can’t be bothered to tell you everything, but it sounds like a great adventure. Why don’t you read this also because It sounds very interesting, similar to another book I read about a slave and a quilt. 

NOTE: I’m very disappointed to tell you that I never did find out what happened to the lost quilter’s son who was left behind in Pennsylvania after she was caught by the slave catchers.. Maybe I missed it.. maybe it tells you, but I think she never found out. I hoped the women from the present time in the story would have found out.

THE CURE FOR GRIEF by Nellie Hermann

THE CURE FOR GRIEF by Nellie Hermann, (2008). A “stunning” first debut book”  as mentioned on cover by Chicago Sun-Times. Here I go with another Jewish “Coming of age” story. There is even one more Jewish storyline book in my book sale box that I know of, maybe even more. This story one is about a girl named Ruby Bronstein, who is nine years old. In the prologue is a scene where she at age 20 pushes her brother twenty eight year old brother Aaron over a cliff and he dies.

The first chapter 1987, her family is on vacation in Maine, when she at age 8 finds a gun sticking out of the mud. It was small and heavily rusted. Ruby wants to give it to her parents. Her bothers want to clean it up, but she hands it over to her mom and dad alway.

The second chapter describes her brother Abe going off to college and coming home a few weeks later minus his sanity. Yes folks he has gone crazy it seems you can tell when Ruby describes him crying at the table saying he did NOT want to go to college. Now here it is two weeks later and he’s home acting like a child. The next morning Abe is standing naked at the foot of the stairs while they are eating breakfast in the kitchen. Dad rushed Abe upstairs and talks to him. NO one knows what they are discussing. That’s all there is for now, I don’t want o give away the whole plot, I want you to WANT to read this interesting book also.

CALL IT SLEEP by Henry Roth

CALL IT SLEEP by Henry Roth, (1934 and again 1991 reprint).

Cover quote:
“One of the few genuinely distinguished novels written by a twentieth century American.”
IRVING HOWE, The New York Times Book Review

This book has a rather long introduction, and I admit I didn’t read the whole thing. It’s like an all inclusive blabbing of the whole story. I don’t want to know what’s going to happen ahead of time. I want to find out as I read it. Here is what I want you to know about this book.

It’s a coming of age book about a young immigrant Jewish boy growing up in 1907 Brooklyn, NYC, and the story starts out in the prologue. Young David meets his father who was already living in Brooklyn, and his young wife didn’t even recognize him when he went to pick them up from Ellis Island he had changed so much.  The unsatisfactory meeting sparked David’s first encounter with his father’s domineering and violent temper. Already we feel sorry for David and his mother having to live with such a man, who loses jobs due to his anger, as we see in the beginning of the book.

Now isn’t that enough for me tell you of this book? I love to read about Jewish people who lived in the past. Perhaps I was a Jew in a past life, you never know….