THE LOST WIFE by Alyson Richman, (c) 2011. The beginning of this story takes place in prewar Prague where Lenka a young art student marries Josef who is studying medicine. Then the Nazi invasion tears them apart. Josef who now lives the life of a successful obstetrician in America believes his wife died during the war, but Lenka survived relying on her skills as an artist and the memories of her young husband. Now here it is decades later they have a chance encounter in New York. Will they rekindle their love? Did their love survive too?
THE VIEW FROM HERE by Cindy Myers, (c) 2012. I really enjoyed this second chance at love story. Here’s a 39 year old divorcee named Maggie Carter who recently inherited her father’s estate- if you want to call it that. Her father was a mentally wounded Vietnam veteran who abandoned his wife and baby daughter. Maggie never met him as a child or growing up, there was just one photo of him hold Maggie as a baby. Now she’s staying in Colorado in the old miner’s cabin her father lived in for the last 7 years. Besides the cabin she inherited a gold mine called The French Mistress. She’s been settling into a new life and making friends with the townsfolk there. Maybe she’ll even fall in love. OKay so she does fall in love, she gets her second chance BUT, it’s a good read!
OPHELIA’S MUSE BY by Rita Cameron, (c)2015. Lizzie Siddal is a beautiful young woman with pale skin and a head of red/gold hair. She is a woman of good breeding having a family that has fallen on hard times and needs her job as a millinery seamstress to help support the family. One evening an artist named Daniel Raphael Rossetti rescues her from the arms of a lecherous drunk, but she runs off into the night without them exchanging words, although he never forgot her striking beauty. Later his classmate at the local college artist friend discovers Lizzy working in the millinery his mother goes to and he asks permission to use her as an artist’s model. Soon she is a model for the members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a society of painters who choose to paint their own way, not as the old masters did in their art school. Then she begins an affair with Rossetti whom she marries and later ends up betrayed, ill and addicted to drugs. I’m on page 37 and the book is still holding my interest. Coincidentally my husband and I are both artists, he n oil paints and me with watercolors, pen and ink.
ONLY LOVE IS REAL by Brian L. Weiss., M. D. (c)1997, 200. This is a book about reincarnation and past life regression. I swear I read it once before long ago. I really needed to read it again.
WELCOME TO LAST CHANCE by Cathleen Armstrong, (c) 2013. This is a totally sex free family drama and Christian romance novel. So do not read this if you don’t go foe talk of Church, choirs, and praying. It abut a woman named Lainie Davis who is running away from a boyfriend who sells drugs. Lainie was kicked out of the house at age 14 and has been on her own ever since and now she wants a good stable life and someone safe she can love and have a life with. She ends up in Last Chance when her car breaks down and immediately gets adopted by the people in town. Go ahead and read it anyway, you might like it.
LIAR’S BENCH by Kim Michele Richardson, (c) 2015. Mudas Summers (How’s that for a given name? Mudas!) The day Mudas Summers turned 17 her mother Ella died. Other’s in town think she tired of her second husband’s abuse and killed herself, but Muddy doesn’t agree! Muddy’s almost boyfriend Bobby Marshall is hiding a secret, he passes for white but his slave ancestor Frannie Crow was hung on a nearby plantation over a century ago in 1860. This story deals with bigotry and brutality down South. It seems to be a good story so far.
My cousin and I went to a library book sale this morning. I bought 19 trade paperback novels for $19.00 and one hardcover on meditation for $2.00! I LOVE trade paperbacks because the stay open on my “Book Chair” when I’m reading while I eat. Yes, I know it’s not sociable to do that but my husband would rather eat in front of the TV and I want a table under my elbows.