A SCATTERED LIFE by Karen McQuestion

A SCATTERED LIFE by Karen McQuestion, 2010. This was a wonderful book! I highly recommend it! Skyla Plinka is a free-spirited young woman, who has a controlling mother-in-law named Audrey. A new neighbor moved in with her husband, 5 children and a huge mastiff named buddy. ThisĀ  is the story of the three women and how they learned to love each other in spite of their differences. Please read it, you won’t be sorry!



THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN by Kate Morton, 2008, 2010. The authoress Kate Morton lives in Australia where part of this story takes place, and continues to backtrack in England. Throughout the whole story it jumps from the past and the present in England and Australia. This is the story of a little English girl living on an estate with her mother and grandmother. The little girl is about 4 years old in the year 1913 when she is kidnapped, it would seem, and she ends up on a boat heading to Australia. This child has no name in the beginning of the story, but she is later given the name Nell in when she is taken in but not legally adopted by Hugh and Lil Andrews. Later after Nell is grown up she discovers that she was a foster child and the small white suitcase she was found with holds the key to her identity. I don’t want to give away much more of the story and ruin it for you as Nell’s granddaughter tries to find her own identity.

NOTE: I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I want to read more of Kate Morton’s work!

SHOUT DOWN THE MOON by Lisa Tucker ***** 5 Star!

SHOUT DOWN THE MOON by Lisa Tucker, 2004. Lisa Tucker also wrote the bestseller THE SONG READER, which I have yet to read. So far I’m enjoying this old paperback with yellowing pages. Here’s excerpts of the blurb:
“Patty Taylor, mother of 2 and 1/2 year old Willie whom she adores. Patty is a completely disrespected singer in a jazz band, that travels to new gigs all the time with her son in tow. One hot summer day in Kentucky Patty finds Willie’s father Rick waiting outside her hotel room. He was recently paroled from prison on a drug bust and he’s intent on having her and their son back. Patty is just as intent on having Rick out of her life. This is the story of patty’s journey from being a woman who puts up with anything to becoming a powerful voice that can bring the house down.”

NOTE: This is also an EASY READER meaning the writing style is easy on the eyes, not complicated!

NOTE: I highly recommend this book! I read it one day! I gave the book to my cousin to read last night before bed, and she had the book all read by noon! It’s THAT good!

BAD GIRL CREEK by Jo-Ann Mapson

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BAD GIRL CREEK by Jo-Ann Mapson, 2002. This National Bestseller is about 38 year old Phoebe De Thomas who is wheelchair bound and who inherits a flower farm from her Aunt Sadie. Phoebe takes on three roommates who help her run the farm. It promises to be a good book so I’ll let you know what I think later.

Phoebe has accepted the homeless woman Ness (short for Preciousness) and her horse Leroy as her first roommate(s). Ness has a secret she’s keeping for the other women who live in Phoebe’s large farm house.

Nance was nearly homeless but after a extensive and honestly answered questionnaire she was accepted into the household with her dog Duchess.

Beryl was getting kicked out of her apartment due to her noisy cussing bird and the fact that she lied on her lease application that she’s an ex-con. Yet again Phoebe accepted her into her home even knowing what crime she committed.

This really is a good book..

Here a random excerpt from the book:
“Nance’s squeals of glee seem to rise to the ceiling, and Ness is laughing so hard she has to sit down. “M—– F—–!” Verde puts in, adding his two cents, and who would believe it’s Phoebe, wheeling herself back into the kitchen, who answers him back, matching him word for word and then some.
She has a book on her lap. “I want to read you guys something from my aunts gardening journal,” she says, and flips to a page she has marked with a blue ribbon. “Hair of the horse, hair of the d0g, soft fur of the rabbit, or your own human hair. If you scatter a little deep into the beds you mulch, the mineral content will be greatly improved beyond any of the stuff available commercially.'” She shuts the book and looks at us. “What do you think? Should we try it?”

EDDIE’S BASTARD by William Kowalski

EDDIE’S BASTARD by William Kowalski, 1999. This is a coming of age story about William Amos Mann IV, also known as Billy, is the son of a heroic pilot killed in the Vietnam war and an unknown woman. Billy is an Irish American and last in his family’s line, he was raised by his hard drinking grandfather Thomas Mann. I’m really enjoying this old Trade Paperback, I’ll read more from this author in the future.

NOTE: Read this book! You won’t be sorry!

THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion *****

THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion, 2013, an Advanced Reader’s Edition. It says “THE COMPULSIVELY READABLE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER” at the top of the cover. I have never read such a book. Graeme Simsion is from Melbourne Australia of all places. I don’t usually read books written by people from England, with all their informal slangs and VERY formal utterances, and I was afraid I wouldn’t like it, since Australians are largly from the UK aren’t they? But what do I know? I’m an unworldly 55 year old white woman. On top of that I don’t read many books written by men.. (Isn’t that a shame?) But I find I like the rather quirky, GEEKY main character so far. His name is Don Tillman and he’s a Professor of Genetics, who has a brilliant scientific mind (and it’s hinted he’s got high functioning Asperger’s Syndrome with his ability to memorize things), but doesn’t get too far with the ladies, never has a second date.. he bombs out on them all, but he’s now on a quest to find the perfect partner. Then in walks Rosie Jarman a woman who is on a quest of her own looking for her biological father and she asks Don Tillman to help her. How can he help her? I have no idea, I haven’t met her character yet, I’m only on page 14. Rosie bombs out on Don’s Wife Project list of credentials, she’s the complete opposite of his requirements for a perfect partner, but he’s getting used to having her and her unpredictable ways.

NOTE: I’m really enjoying this book! It’s NOT like a typical British author’s book.. It’s much like how we talk here in the USA!


JENNY’S MOUNTAIN is a well written novel by Elaine Long. Jenny Williams has gone into labor on the first page and it caught my attention so I knew I had to read this book and it was well worth it. Jenny is a hard worker who needs a good education and a secure life for her children, read the book and find out what happens. This was one of my favorites. This book inspired me to create this Book Reader’s Blog.