A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George

A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George (c) 2012.  This book  was the Library Journal’s BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR. It’s about German immigrant Meisenheimer family. The story is narrated by James a third generation American living in Beatrice, Missouri, which is where his grandparents Frederick and Jette Meisenheimer settled after a perilous trip across country and the the swollen Mississippi River. The stories this family yells are sometimes humorous, and sometimes sad. It promises to be a good read though, and I look forward to reading it.

SERENDIPITY by Louise Shaffer

SERENDIPITY by Louise Shaffer, (c) 2009. Carrie Manning is a thirty-seven year old woman who just buried her mother Rose Manning who died of cancer. All of Carrie’s life Rose would have nothing to do with her own mother Lu. So Carrie has never spoken to her. The two women were estranged. Something terrible must have happened. Even though Lu is still alive and in her eighties Carrie is reluctant to talk to her own grandmother about why. So Carrie is on a quest to find out who about her Italian family’s roots. First she goes to the library, then she looks up her great uncle Paulie. So it seems there some great dark secret that’s been buried for thirty years and Carrie needs to get to the bottom of it.Her mother was a complicated woman with all her secrets. It’s proving to be an interesting story so far.

HOME FRONT by Kristin Hannah

HOME FRONT by Kristin Hannah, (c) 2012. This is the story of Jolene and Michael Zarkades and their marriage is on the rocks as far as Michael, who tells Jolene he no longer loves her soon after her forty-first birthday party, from which he was absent. Jolene was orphaned four months before she graduated high school, her alcoholic parents having died in a car accident. Soon after she joined the Army National Guard who became like a family to her. Michael is a defense attorney who’s never home and he’s living life like an unemotional zombie when he tells Jolene he no longer loves her. The the gets deployed to Iraq. Michael has a hard time adjusting to raising two daughters he hardly ever spent time with, and that’s a good thing. Betsy age 12 is a hormonal mess and lulu age 4 is still clingy to her mom. A tragedy is mentioned on the cover blurb, so I hope Jolene who is a helicopter pilot doesn’t get killed in combat. So far it’s a great read.

Home Front by Kristin Hannah

Home Front by Kristin Hannah, (c) 2012. This is a modern family drama involving a 41 year old military woman named Jolene who is deployed to Iraq. She’s been married 12 years to Michael Zarkades, a defense attorney. Meanwhile he is a single parent to their two daughters 12 year old Betsey and 4 year old Lulu, something he has never been before, so he’s bound to screw up. Then there’s a hint of a tragedy… Is Jolene killed in the war? That remains to be seen. It’s good reading so far!

A GIRL NAMED SOONER by Suzanne Clauser

A GIRL NAMED SOONER by Suzanne Clauser, (c) 1972/’75.  This is the story of little unloved, neglected child who is fostered by a rather screwed up married couple who just lost a child in miscarriage. Obviously they haven’t had time to adjust to their new situation, especially the woman who can’t have any more children now. The father is a small town Veterinarian. The child is a natural wild animal whisperer. Anyway, it was such a nice book it got made into a TV movie way back when!

PRAYERS FOR SALE by Sandra Dallas

PRAYERS FOR SALE by Sandra Dallas, (c) 2009. I admit I’m partial to historical novels, and even more to those set in the depression era as this one is. It’s the year 1936, two years after the birth of my own mother. Hennie Comfort is an 85 year old woman living in Middle Swan, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains. One day she meets a young bride, 17 year old Nit Spindle who introduces herself asking if she can buy a prayer after seeing her PRAYERS FOR SALE sign on her porch. Nit leaves a nickle for Hennie to pay for the prayer.  They become fast friends over time. They have quilting in common plus the loss of a child. So far I’m loving this book and I bet you will too!