DRIFTWOOD SUMMER by Patti Callahan Henry, (c) 2009. I just started this novel which takes place in mainly in Palmetto Beach, Georgia. A tale of three sisters Riley a single mom, Maisy who moved to California and fun loving Adalee who’s still attending college are called home when their mother falls down the stairs and breaks a few bones. They were supposed to come home celebrate their mother’s birthday and try to save the family bookstore. Mack Logan also returns to town that June. He was Riley’s best friend and Maisy’s teenage crush 13 years ago, but he chooses Maisy over Riley and the two sisters are driven apart. The sisters don’t get along for other reasons also and I don’t want to give the ending away.
THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE by Donna Everhart, (c) 2016. This was such a good book, but if you find descriptions of child abuse disturbing please don’t read it. This is a coming of age story and it was a good one. It takes place in the year 1971 in Alabama and New Hampshire. Dixie is a little liar, everyone knows she lies whenever she gets the chance. Her mom and dad don’t get along and when something tragic happens and Uncle Ray comes to stay for a while Dixie’s life is turned upside down in more ways than one. Folks don’t believe her when she finally tells the truth. There’s a few twists and turns in this book and I had a hard time putting it down.
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.
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.
IF I STAY by Gayle Forman, (c) 2010. This book reminds me the story LOVELY BONES. I watched that movie and I read the book. The movie was down right depressing watching the spirit of the girl as she visited her family and her murderer. Then her bones are never recovered from that trunk in the sink hole. How depressing can a story get. Even though the murderer get his in the end it was still sad. Now IF I STAY, is quite similar except the 17 year old girl Mia is in a coma, and her spirit watches everything going on. Seeing her parents dead bodies and her own damaged body on the side of the road. Meanwhile she and her younger brother are alive. So I guess her spirit/soul gets to decide if she goes with her parents or stays on earth with her brother. Although I thought we didn’t get a choice, that the creator chooses? Anyway I will continue to read this book.