THE LAKE OF DREAMS by Kim Edwards

THE LAKE OF DREAMS by Kim Edwards, (c) 2011. This story starts out in Japan, where hydrologist Lucy Jarret finds herself unemployed. Later when she returns home to New York, she meets an old love who’s now a glass artist. 10 years earlier her father drowned in a boating accident while fishing but no one knows what really happened.  Lucy wonders what would have happened if she had gone fishing with him when he asked her. Late one night as she walks in the family’s old lakeside house she finds some items locked away in an old window seat. The items will reveal old family secrets.. something about a young girl jumping out of a window while a comet passed by overhead. The items are linked to the suffragist movement and stained glass windows found in Lucy’s hometown and beyond. Well it sounds like a series of mysteries and I think I’m going to read this one.

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KRISTIN LAVRANSDATTER II- The Mistress of Husaby by Sigrid Undset

KRISTIN LAVRANSDATTER II; The Mistress of Husaby by Sigrid Undset, (c) 1978, but first translated and printed in 1921 under the title HUSFRUE, (Much like the German word Hausfrau meaning Housewife). I admit to reading this 3 part book collection at least 20 years ago! Mom had the boxed set. I really enjoyed the first two books, this one being the second one, but the last one has Kristin joining a convent as an older woman and I didn’t like that idea! I never did finish that book! This is the story of KRISTIN the daughter of LAVRAN who is just 19 and wedded to Erlend Nikulausson. She was pregnant by her husband before the marriage and is fully ashamed by the whole situation. People are just finding out now on page 50 or so. I didn’t want to read this book with it’s very tiny type but here I am really enjoying rereading about life in medieval Norway.

This book is written in the ‘Old” style, which might throw some people off, and find it bogging down their reading flow.. I’m not sure I will finish the book at this time after all I did read it 20 or 30 years ago. I may set it aside to read some library books I borrowed Friday.

WENCH by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

WENCH by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (c) 2010. This historical novel starts out in pre Civil War Ohio where Southern slaveholders bring their mistress slaves to a hunting camp called Tawawa House. Here we meet four black mistress’s and other black slaves as we learn their stories. Of course the women are tempted by the free blacks life styles in Ohio. One day a fire at the resort sets off a string of tragedies, and the women of the resort learn to cope with the situations. Here I am an old, fat, gray haired white woman.. you’re never too old to learn something new. I know this is just a novel but it’s got a ring of the truth about it for slaves of the past and the present.

NOTE: Well written historical novel.

 

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THE DRY GRASS OF AUGUST by Anna Jean Mayhew

THE DRY GRASS OF AUGUST by Anna Jean Mayhew, (c) 2011. This story takes place in August of 1954 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  13 year old Jubie Watt’s, her 3 siblings and Mary the colored maid leaves with her family on vacation to Florida and Jubie’s mom is driving. This is really a tragic tale about segregation. I imagine something awful happens to Mary which makes Jubie rethink her life and that of her parents.  So far it’s enjoyable to read.

WHAT I REMEMBER MOST by Cathy Lamb

WHAT I REMEMBER MOST by Cathy Lamb, (c) 2014. This is such a GOOD BOOK! Please read it! This is the story of Grenadine Scotch Wild. She barely remembers her Hippie like parents whose last words to her were to run! So she did. She was 6 years old at the time. Shortly after she was picked up by the police running along the side of the road.  Now Grenadine is grown up and has been married to Covey, a well known investor who’s arrested for embezzlement and fraud. Now Grenadine who is a successful collage artist is facing jail time even though she is innocent. Covey refuses to exonerate her unless she comes back to him but she refuses to return to a wife abuser. She’s tired of getting beat up, so she has taken off trying to reinvent herself. She hiding out in a small town in Oregon until Covey’s trial trying to live a normal life, using her real name this time. Usually she uses an alias name. Perhaps she’ll eventually find out what happened to her missing parents after all this time.

This is such a GOOD BOOK! I guess I relate to her because I am an artist too! This is one tough woman!

NOTE: I’m really enjoying her writing style which reminds me of Lorna Landvik’s.