BY THE SEA by Joan Anderson

A YEAR BY THE SEA by Joan Anderson, (c) 1999. This is the true story of a menopausal woman who separated form her husband and spends a year by the sea. I guess she’s learning to be her true self? Can we really do that? Be who we are without thinking about it first? Judging our every action? So far I’m enjoying the book. You might also. It’s not a long story, just 181 pages before you get to the About the Book section at the back (which I skip over usually). So far Joan spends time working in a fish market and meets up with an older lady named Joan Erikson and they become good friends.

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ALL TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE by Jane Kirkpatrick

ALL TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE by Jane Kirkpatrick, (c) 2000. Here’s a story about Mazy and Jeremy Bacon who are traveling on the Oregon Trail from with Mazy’s mother Elizabeth Mueller and a 15 year old girl named Tipton who is hired on to help Mazy who just broke her arm before leaving on this trip. Tipton is also engaged to a young man named Tyrell who is the blacksmith for the trip. They not not allowed to marry her until Tipton turns 17, as he promised her mother and father. Meanwhile Tyrell seems to admire a rather spunky mature woman who’s driving her own wagon. This book is based on a true story by the way. I look forward to reading the rest of the book.

A HUNDRED SUMMERS by Beatriz Williams

A HUNDRED SUMMERS by Beatriz Williams, (c) 2014. This novel starts out in October 1931 in New Hampshire. Lily Dane is in college and hangs out with her best friends Budgie and Kiki watching Dartmouth College football games. Out there on the football field Lily sees the handsome and Jewish Nick Greenwald. Lily seems the only one interested in him. Nick gets hurt during thast game.

The next chapter jumps to Seaview, Rhode Island in 1938. I gather from the back cover blurb that Lily is engaged to Nick Greenwald at some point but he ends up married to Budgie and they are very wealthy. There’s some secrets to be told and a hurricane is churning in the Atlantic, so lots of things happening ahead!

A YEAR BY THE SEA by Joan Anderson

A YEAR BY THE SEA by Joan Anderson, (c) 1999, 2000. This is the true story of a woman and her husband taking a year off from their marriage. Joan ends up at a family seaside cottage working at a fish market, and clamming for money. It’s very interesting to be able to live such a laid back life with intervals of her family visiting. Does Joan end up divorced? I’m not telling.

WORTHY by Catherine Ryan Hyde

WORTHY, a novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde, (C) 2015. Virginia has finally been asked out on a date by widower Aaron who is the father of a 4 year old boy called “Buddy” who’s real name is Jody. That same night Aaron kisses Virginia after asking her out and then leaves the diner where she works to walk home with Buddy and their dog Sheila. But on the way home a tragedy happens and Virginia never gets to go out on that date. Now here it is 20 years later, and Virginia meats a nice young man who I believe to be a grown up Buddy. But I have just begun reading this fine book, it looks to be a good one so far!

LOST AND FOUND by Jaqueline Sheehan

LOST AND FOUND by Jaqueline Sheehan, (c) 2007. Of course the black Lab on the cover drew me to the book at the thrift store in Fiesterville. I paid a whole buck for each book I bought that day! Rocky, short for Roxanne is a 38 year old widow who abandons her old life to grieve for a year, taking a leave of absence from her psychology job in Boston, Mass. Ricky ends up in Maine on a little island and gets a part time job as a Animal Control Warden. She has some experience with animals since her late husband was a veterinarian. So here she is getting comfortable with the idea of being a widow and meeting the island’s residents a few at a time, not too overwhelming for a woman getting used to being alone again. Once day she got a call about an injured Labrador retriever and he appears to have a handmade arrow lodged in his chest and she ends up being his foster owner as he heals. This brings about her interest in archery where she meets an interesting man who teaches her archery part¬† American Indian. There’s also the black minister who hired her and her neighbor Tess a retired teacher. Then there’s Melissa, an anorexic teen who has lusty thoughts of females instead of males and maybe not coming to terms with it very well.¬† There’s other characters in the book, most of therm nice I suppose, except for the guy who shot Lloyd, the Lab. A good book.

WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND by Ellen Marie Wiseman

WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND by Ellen Marie Wiseman, (c) 2014. This trade paperback cost $15.00 by the way. I bought it for a buck at a thrift store. I am truly enjoying this book about a 17 year old foster child named Isabelle Stone. Izzy ‘s mother is in prison after shooting her father to death, not something she wants made public. Izzy is a senior at a new school and living with a new family. It’s hard trying to be accepted at a new school, and Izzy is of course having trouble with a certain girl named Shannon and her friends, who end up playing cruel jokes on Izzy. Turns out Shannon is just as damaged as Izzy with her own problems. Go on read this book, it would make a good movie.