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 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.
PRAYERS FOR SALE by Sandra Dallas, (c) 2009. I admit I’m partial to historical novels, and even more to those set in the depression era as this one is. It’s the year 1936, two years after the birth of my own mother. Hennie Comfort is an 85 year old woman living in Middle Swan, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains. One day she meets a young bride, 17 year old Nit Spindle who introduces herself asking if she can buy a prayer after seeing her PRAYERS FOR SALE sign on her porch. Nit leaves a nickle for Hennie to pay for the prayer. They become fast friends over time. They have quilting in common plus the loss of a child. So far I’m loving this book and I bet you will too!
SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY- A Harmony Novel by Jodi Thomas, (c) 2010. I love stories about misfits and the unwanted of society and how they try to fit into life in a small town. It’s not always easy to fit in but the homeless find there way there. Harmony is a small town in Texas. It starts out with a dream an elderly woman named Stella is having portending something bad will happen in Harmony. Something about a gas spreading all over the town. Next is the story of Reagan Truman, only Truman isn’t her real surname, she’s a homeless girl who is taken in by an elderly man named Jeremiah Truman. He tells the town she is his niece so they accept her. Somehow she just fit in and she’s working at the diner where she talks to her friend Noah and meets a man named Gabriel Leary, who limps three miles into town to collect diner takeout. For some odd reason he’s using another man’s name and getting his mail and having packages delivered at a building in town. There’s also Edith who works in the diner as a waitress, and Liz Mathewson a lawyer fresh out of law school, trying to make a name for herself. She meets Gabe who unsettles her life a little. Liz’s brother Hank is romancing the local sheriff Alex McAllen but she won’t settle down for a wedding. I may have left a few people out. Does this sound like a good book? Well I think it is!
A NEW HOPE: A Thunder Point Novel by Robyn Carr, (c) 2015. Divorcee Ginger Dysart was living in deep grief over the SIDS death of her 4 month old son, when she moved to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast. There she starts a new life working in a flower shop, where she makes good friends and meets up with one angry and drunken man named Matt Lacoumette at a friend’s wedding reception. He’s angry over his own recent divorce and holds a grudge against his ex wife Natalie and ended up acting like an ass towards Ginger at the reception while asking her to dance. The next day he drops by the flower shop to apologize to Ginger and they end up going out and becoming fast friends, but they are both gun shy of starting a new romantic relationship. Of course they have phenomenal sex; (Don’t they all in these romance novels?) Meanwhile they are trying to work out their problems of Exs and grudges and grief… I’m enjoying the book a lot and bet you will also!
TICKET HOME a novel by James Michael Pratt, (c) 2001. This story is a wonderful family drama about twin brothers who go off to fight in WWII during the depression. They both fall in love with the same girl and Lucien marries her causing a rift between the brothers. At about the same time Norman and Lucien Parker buy out some folks moving west and run a small railway station in Warm Springs, Oklahoma. Both brothers go off to fight in the war but only one comes back. Lucien is an old man now in the present moment and he feels he has to go back to the Philippines and pay back a debt he owes to his dead brother.
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.