TWICE IN A LIFETIME by Dorothy Garlock, (c) 2015. Dorothy Garlock is one of my favorite writers, I’m certain I’ll enjoy this family drama. This is the story of ClaraSinclair a WWII widow who’s raising a son alone in a small town. Her teenage son is very defiant and gets into trouble quite often. Drake McCoy shows up in town to race some of the townsfolk as they bet on who will win. Drake wins but gets his car smashed up by his opponent. Now he’s sticking around town and here he meets Clara and suddenly Drake is thinking of becoming a family man instead of a roaming loner.
SUMMER’S CHILD by Luanne Rice, (c) 2005. I read this book a long time ago but I reread it anyway. It’s a wonderful story about spousal abuse and a woman who runs away from her husband to raise their child in Nova Scotia. It’s abut the friends Lilly makes and the romance she allows to happen. It’s about a happy ending after all.
WOMAN’S DIARIES OF THE WESTWARD JOURNEY by Lillian Schlissel, (c) 1982. I’m finding this book very interesting, hearing the facts of the journeys these poor women took. Oftentimes losing their husbands, children, parents, best friends as they traveled westward. I’d love read about one of my own eastern born ancestors who traveled west but who gave up somewhere along the way and returned home after some of their children died.
DANDELION SUMMER by Lisa Wingate, (c) 2011. This heartwarming family mystery is about an elderly man named J. Norman Alvord and the friendship he has with a rather neglected teenager named Epiphany Jones who is hired to cook and clean for him a few nights a week after school. At first they don’t get along well, but as time goes on they become friends and help each other out with their various problems. I found the writing style very enjoyable and hope you will also. I look forward to reading more of Lisa Wingate’s books in the future.
ROREY’S SECRET by Leisha Kelly, (c) 2005. This was a nice little historical family drama that takes place in 1938 on some Illinois farms. It’s about Christian families so if you don’t want any bible talk don’t read it., but I enjoyed the book, the plot was good and the writing style was very enjoyable. The secret all started with Rorey and a boy she was meeting, and later about a fire.
GRACE by T. Greenwood, (c) 2012. This is one of those expensive trade paperbacks with a thick cover with an inside flap front and back. I’m enjoying the book so far. Grace is the little 5 year old sister of Trevor Kennedy. Trevor is thirteen years old and he towers above everyone else in his class. He’s got the body of a young man in his 13 year old body, yet he has this high pitched voice of a boy. Trevor is the class misfit with his bleached blonde hair and very pale complexion and he has been teased all his life, but now that he’s older and much larger than everyone else has anger is a little more hard to control when the teasing starts so he gets held in detention after school for an hour a few times. Trevor’s family loves him especially little Gracy’s unconditional love. Trevor is given special attention by his elderly art teacher and she gives him a camera to express himself. Walgreen’s is where Trevor and Gracy’s mother has a shoplifting habit it’s also where Crystal the store’s clerk see’s the photos when Trevor brings his film to be developed. Something happens as Crystal’s life becomes entwined with the Kennedy family, and something horrible happens. What? I have no idea, and it’s better that way. I like this book a lot so far.
STONE GARDEN by Molly Moynahan, (c) 2004. This was a lovely “coming of age” story about a 17 year old girl named Alice McGuire who’s best friend and boyfriend Matthew Swan comes up missing while in Mexico. The whole town is heartbroken and this story is how they deal with the death of a special person.