CLOSE TO THE BROKEN HEARTED by Michael Hiebert

CLOSE TO THE BROKEN HEARTED by Michael Hiebert, (c) 2014.  This is Sylvie’s story, and she grew up in Alabama where she lived through the tragic murder of her little brother as he sat on their father’s lap. Of course Sylvie is a screwed up mess after that but she keeps calling the local police over and over again insisting that someone is trespassing on her property and one time even comes into the house when she’s not home. This was a real good book, don’t pass it up. A little bit psychological thriller, a little bit mystery..

Close to the brokenhearted

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SECOND GLANCE by Jodi Picoult

SECOND GLANCE by Jodi Picoult, (c) 2003. I don’t often read Jodi Picoult books which are usually about damaged children. I read my first one and didn’t mind it although it opened my eyes to child abuse. I just couldn’t take a whole slew of them, you know? So I did try reading one about an autistic boy accused of murder and even that one I skipped a lot of pages to get to the end. Then a few weeks ago my sister brought a few books to dad’s to share with us other sisters, we do a book exchange quite often. This book sounds much different then her others.. It’s about Ghosts and other paranormal activities. Here’s the blurb on the back cover:

“A developer has slated and ancient Abenaki Indian burial ground for a strip mall, and now strange happenings have the inhabitants of tiny Comtosook, Vermont, talking of supernatural forces at work. Ross Wakeman is a ghost hunter who’s never seen a ghost- all he wants is something to end the pain of losing his fiancee, Aimee, in a car accident. He’s tried suicide -many times. Now, Ross lives only for a way to connect to Aimee from beyond. Searching the site for paranormal signs, Ross meets the mysterious Lia, who sparks him to life for in the first time in years. But the discoveries that await him are more amazing than anything in this world- or the next. Expertly entwining a powerful drama of the hearts redemption and the disturbing history of eugenics, Jodi Picoult “proves there’s little she can’t do.”

I’m sorry I didn’t say all that in my own words! I feel like a big faker as a book reviewer.

SUCH A PRETTY FACE by Cathy Lamb

SUCH A PRETTY FACE by Cathy Lamb, (c) 2010. This nice trade paperback was so enjoyable to read.  Stevie is a formerly obese woman, who had a heart attack at age 32 and then chose surgery to save her life. So then she pared down 170 pounds and weighed a nice 150 pounds at 5′ 7″ tall and she was beautiful just like her mother who was a former Broadway star before her insanity showed up in her early 20’s. Stevie ate to deal with her grief and pain after her Schizophrenic mother committed suicide and tried to kill Stevie and her little sister Sunshine by drowning in the nearby river. Afterwards with her mother and sister gone, a traumatized Stevie is still be raised by her mother’s parents whom they lived with during her mother’s illness. After their deaths Stevie ate to deal with the pain and loneliness and plumped up to a major 325 pounds. Shortly after her grandfather and then her grandmother died and Stevie was sent to live with her mother’s sister Janet and her family, which wasn’t the best thing for Stevie since her uncle was such a cruel person, making everyone’s life miserable who lived in his house including his two children Lance and Polly. Everyone in that family including Stevie had emotional issues and trauma to deal with. It was an interesting book although I get a little bored with the flashbacks.

RIVER OF SUMMER by Lois Gilbert

RIVER OF SUMMER by Lois Gilbert, (c) 1999. This old paperback was quite nice! No cell phones or computers in the story. Yet it really held my attention as the newly divorced Zoe Harper is running away from her old life as a house renovator and a selfish ex-husband who forced her to get an abortion early in their marriage, yet divorces her to be the father of his younger lover’s baby. So here’s Zoe, traveling across country to start a new life in her old Winnebago camper. One day while driving through the Utah desert she see’s a man hitchhiking along the side of the road next to his broken down car, and she just drives by, but then she runs over something and has to stop and investigate. The young hitchhiker runs over and asks her for a ride, and what she ran over by the way was his duffel bag. She refused to give him a ride, not trusting him at all, as she never picks up hitchhikers anyway, it’s just not safe. Meanwhile she ends up giving him a ride, and they slowly become friends and then lovers. Zoe doesn’t like the fact that she’s 11 years older than Paul. He’s 28 ans she’s 39, but the relation blooms anyway. NOW! Does this sound interesting? I enjoyed the book a lot and was sorry it ended.

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.

GOOD IN BED by Jennifer Weiner

GOOD IN BED by Jennifer Weiner, (c) 1989. This book is older than I thought!… Oh well, any story about a chubby main character is going to catch the eye of any chubby reader looking for romance, and even those like me who are in a good marriage! Cannnie Shapiro is twenty-eight years old. Her mother recently came charging out of the closet, he father is out of the picture, but she loves her friends and her little dog Nifkin.

One day Cannie gets a phone call from a friend telling her to read  a story in a national woman’s magazine which Cannie’s ex-boyfriend wrote titled “”Loving a Larger Woman.” Cannie is miserable now but she’s working on her life to make it better to figure out who she is and what makes her really happy..

WHAT I REMEMBER MOST by Cathy Lamb

WHAT I REMEMBER MOST by Cathy Lamb, (c) 2014. This is such a GOOD BOOK! Please read it! This is the story of Grenadine Scotch Wild. She barely remembers her Hippie like parents whose last words to her were to run! So she did. She was 6 years old at the time. Shortly after she was picked up by the police running along the side of the road.  Now Grenadine is grown up and has been married to Covey, a well known investor who’s arrested for embezzlement and fraud. Now Grenadine who is a successful collage artist is facing jail time even though she is innocent. Covey refuses to exonerate her unless she comes back to him but she refuses to return to a wife abuser. She’s tired of getting beat up, so she has taken off trying to reinvent herself. She hiding out in a small town in Oregon until Covey’s trial trying to live a normal life, using her real name this time. Usually she uses an alias name. Perhaps she’ll eventually find out what happened to her missing parents after all this time.

This is such a GOOD BOOK! I guess I relate to her because I am an artist too! This is one tough woman!

NOTE: I’m really enjoying her writing style which reminds me of Lorna Landvik’s.