LET’S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME by Gail Caldwell

LET’S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME,  A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell, (2010). This trade paperback is a story about a friendship that ends when one of the women dies. It was on the New York Times Best Seller List, so it shouldn’t be a horrible book to read. Gail Caldwell, the writer is best friends with Caroline Knapp (author of DRINKING: A LOVE STORY). Both women were alcoholics. Knapp ends up with cancer and I imagine Caldwell helps her though it.  Were they best friends or lovers? I guess I’ll find that out eventually.

NOTE: I didn’t finish this book, it was too sad.

SAVANNAH BLUES by Mary Kay Andrews

SAVANNAH BLUES by Mary Kay Andrews, (2003), author of LITTLE BITTY LIES. This mystery/romance might be okay, at least I hope it is! This story takes place in Savannah, Georgia where Eloise “Weezie” Foley is living in a backyard carriage house which she aquired in the divorce settlement. Her ex-husband Talmadge Evans III and his new girlfriend Caroline DeSantos are living in the huge luxurious townhouse Weezie used to live in with Tal.

Now Weezie is a ‘antique “picker”, she aquires the items at estate sales, yard sales and even things set out on the curb for garbage pick up, then the fixes them up and sells them. One day a rather wealthy old lady in town died and in order to get a preview of the homes contents Weezie attends the viewing being held in the old home, where she ends up in the middle of a murder mystery. I have no idea who dies at this point., as it’s too early to tell, and let’s face it, do you REALLY want to know, or just find out for yourself?

ALL THE BIRDS SINGING by Evie Wyld

ALL THE BIRDS SINGING by Evie Wyld, (2013). This first edition book was bought at a week-long library booksale, which I LOVE going to, especially if it’s the last day bag/box sale. Here part of the book jacket summary:

“From one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists, a stunningly insightful, emotionally powerful new novel about an outsider haunted by an inescapable past: a story of lonliness and survival, guilt and loss, and the power of forgiveness.

Jake White is living on her own with her disobedient collie called Dog, in an old farmhouse on a craggy Bristish island, a place of ceaseless rain and battering wind.”

In my own words: In the beginning Jake is the owner of a sheep farm, and someone or something is killing her sheep one at a time. Is it someone from her past? Jake is an unusual girl’s name isn’t it? But she’s a tough and physiclly strong young woman. Flashbacks on her past help me understand what she was running away from, but I don’t want you to know what they are, you need to read the book. Although I will tell you Jake ran away from her home in Austrailia and someone already knows about her past, or at least some of it.

NOTE: This was a wierd book, every other chapter or story break started a flashback, each one going farther and farther into the past of what happened to this woman to get her from Austrailia to a small Britsish Isle. So it ended at the beginning and the end was really the next to the last scene. Just werd. I didn’t enoy the writers format at all.

THE SURVIVORS BY Dina McCall, (2007).  A passenger plane has gone down in the Appalachians and rescue teams are out looking for survivors. Two of them are missing; a five-year-old boy named Johnny O’Ryan and a woman. Twenty miles from the crash sight a psychic woman named Deborah Sanborn has a vision of the two survivors, and she volunteers to help the O’Ryan family find Johnny and the woman. They don’t know what to make of Deborah, but with the snow falling now time is running out on them, and there happens to be killer after them since they witnessed a murder.

SONG OF THE BUFALO BOY by Sherry Garland

SONG OF THE BUFFALO BOY by Sherry Garland (1992). I wonder if Sherry is related to Dorothy Garland? I love her book as much as I enyed this one. NO sex involved as 17 year old Loi runs away from home to avoid marrying a horrible army officer find her American father. She ends up in Ho Chi Minh City where she waits for her one true love Khai the Buffalo Boy whom she wants to marry. This story is suitable for preteens since it has no sex and very little violence.

NARCISSA by Julie Penny

NARCISSA by Julie Penny, 1985. This 20 year old paperback has such tiny type that I put off reading it for months! But I do enjoy a good pioneer story every now and then so I am going to finish the book anyway!  It’s 1836 and nineteen year old Narcissa Peterson agrees to marry Marcus Pittman who is a medical doctor with missionary interests who is traveling out to the Northwest Territory to heal and minister to the Indians along with a Presbyterian minister  named Henry Fielding and his wife Elizabeth who becomes a good friend to the artistic Narcissa. Now they areal journeying west with a group of fur trappers and many of the men they work with and meet disapprove of bringing women out west, as the trip is too hard on them.  As you may know it’s a very hard life traveling out west-a mere 20 or so miles a day and takes several months to accomplish it.