MORE THAN MEMORY by Dorothy Garlock, (c) 2001. Dorothy Garlock is one of my favorite authors. I pick up her books where I buy nearly every book I read, in flea markets and yard sales and thrift stores. I picked this one up nearly a week ago, but I read the last two books I posted about first. Today I started reading this one, starts out in 1949 Iowa, with a pregnant 16 year old girl named Nelda Hansen and her 18 year old boyfriend, Lute Hanson forced into marriage and quickie divorce to give her baby a real legitimacy. Nelda is quite intimidated by her marine father who’s a big tough bully of a man. Lute is upset she won’t go against her fatjer. She is too weak willed. Lute is sent packing and he joins the Navy. Nelda and her father move to Virginia where he remarries and his wife helps Nelda run away with her 6 month old baby girl back to Iowa and her grandparents. Soon after her baby girl dies and Nelda enrolls in college in Chicago. Now here it is 9 years later, Lute and Nelda are older and wiser. Nelda is not a woman to be intimidated anymore and Lute has a chip on his shoulder about the painful past they share. It’s starting out rather well as most Dorothy Garlock books do.
PROMISEGIVERS by Dorothy Garlock, (c) 2008. This double novel is merely a reprint of two of Dorothy Garlock’s earlier out of print books. The first is THE PLANTING SEASON (c) 1984, the second is AMBER-EYED MAN (c) 1982. So far I am enjoying the book. The first is about a struggling lady farmer who must now share half her farm with the grandson of the woman to whom her father sold it. It seems Iris is having a hard time accepting his mobile Home being moved in next door, and she can’t help but scoffing at a navy man who knows nothing about farming. It seems she’s very bristly towards him, but he is trying to get along after all. Will they fall in love after all? Then a disaster strikes the farm. I can’t wait to see what happens!
MOONLIGHT ROAD [A Virgin River Novel] by Robyn Carr, (c) Who knows? I swear I read this novel before, but I didn’t have it listed in my book list journal so I’m reading it again! Thia one involves the large, noisy very Irish, Riordan family and their friends. I remember Art the man with Downs Syndrome who’s looking for his old girlfriend from a group home they lived in. The main story is about Aidan Riordan an unemployed 36 year old Navy doctor and Erin, a 36 year old Estate Lawyer who raised her younger siblings, forgoing a romantic life of her own. She was all work and no play until the summer she met Aidan. You’ll probably enjoy Robyn Carr’s books, I usually do!
THE LEMON ORCHARD by Luanne Rice, (2013). I really do love Luanne Rice’s books! and this one is proving to be a good read also! You won’t be sorry you read it! This story is about a young middle aged widow who lost her soon to be ex-husband Peter and her 16 year old daughter in a car accident 5 years earlier in Massachusetts. Now in the present time Julia is in Miami, Florida house-sitting and watching over their family lemon grove for her grandmother Graciela and step grandfather while they go on genealogical based vacation to Ireland. Meanwhile, here in Florida Julia meets Roberto who also lost a daughter. I am not going to tell you what happened to her. Just read the book
LOVESEEKERS: SING SOFTLY TO ME (1986) and GENTLE TORMENT (1980) (both reprinted 2007) by Dorothy Garlock.
SING SOFTLY TO ME involves a young 22 year old nurse named Beth Marshall. When she was 19 she fell in love Tom Clary the brother and best man of her sister’s husband, whom she met at her sister’s wedding. Tom has come to bring Beth from Minnesota to her sister’s home in Wyoming where her sister needs a nurse. Meanwhile they travel on trecheous roads, and Beth still feels very attracted to Tom after all this time.
GENTLE TORMENT takes place on the Alaska frontier where Lindsy Williamson fled to forget about her soulmate and ex-husband who wrecked her trust in men. Except Jake suddenly shows up to win her back. This story also promises to be full off passion, and I’m sure to enjoy it.
Note: THis was not a GREAT book! I was disappointed by the second story. The first was full of seduction, which is fine I guess, but the second was too typical of my high school reading days.
DANCE WITH ME by Luanne Rice, 2004/2005. Luanne Rice is one of my favorite authors, I can always count on her to entertain me. In fact I started this book this morning and I’m already on page 135 after half a days reading! So that means it’s a great book, but Rice’s usually are after all.
This is a nice family drama, about two sisters Jane and Sylvie who come home to take care of their diabetic mother who also suffers from Alzheimer’s. The older sister Jane was forced by her mother to give her baby girl up for adoption 15 years earlier when she was a 20 year old college sophmore. This decision tore her up so bad she quite college, moved out of town and seldom returned, since she was adopted by someone who lived in the same Rhode Island town. Now Jane’s become a famous baker in NYC, and owns a bakery that caters to the stars called Calamity Bakery. Jane’s daughter was adpoted by a childless couple who don’t get along very well. Chloe just met Jane and hasn’t noticed how much they look alike but I’m sure she will. Jane’s love interest is Chloe’s Uncle Dylan, who has some injury to his leg and he retired to his family’s apple orchard which he’s rennovating as a true business.
NOTE: Does this sould interesting you you? I hope so, it’s a good book so far.