THE YEAR OF FOG by Michelle Richmond (c) 2007. Here is the story of a kidnapping of a 6 and 1/2 year old girl named Emma. She was being babysat by her father’s fiance Abby Mason. Abby and Emma were walking along the beach one foggy morning. Abby, a photographer stopped a moment to take photos of a dead baby seal pup, as Emma ran on ahead. As Abby looked up a moment later Emma had disappeared completely, that fast! Now the whole town is searching for the girl, and Any relationship she has with Emma’s father is slowly disintegrating. Abby is very hopeful that Emma will be found of course, she really does love the little girl. I’m enjoying the writing and hope you will too. As always I never tell the ending, although sometimes it’s easy to guess.
SHADES OF GRACE by Barbara Delinsky, (c) 1996-2005. Grace Dorian is a eloquent and classy advice columnist. The Confidante is America’s favorite advice column, and Grace made it so. The column is her whole life, plus that of her daughter Francine and granddaughter Sophie who work for her. Grace’s once sharp mind is beginning to dull, her witty remarks and sharp thinking are slowly fading away. Meanwhile Francine won’t accept her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, as she’s reluctantly becoming attracted to her mother’s doctor who diagnosed Grace’s illness. It’s interesting to read considering I turn 59 this year and have my own occasional forgetfulness. It’s a well written book. I have read only a few of Delinsky’s books and am so happy to see she wrote many more.
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!
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, (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.
RUN by Ann Pachett, (c) 2008. Please excuse my summary taken from the trade paperback’s built in book-flap. I usually prefer to put this summary into my own words.
“Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard cares about is his ability to keep his children- all his children- safe.”
NOTE: I don’t usually enjoy reading a book about politics any more than I enjoy watching a movie about politics. Let’s see how this one plays out.
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.