THE MONK DOWNSTAIRS by Tim Farrington

THE MONK DOWNSTAIRS by Tim Farrington, (c) 2003. Here’s another unusual love story, I seem to gravitate to the unusual,  have you noticed? Here’s a former 40 year old monk named Michael Christopher released from his vows trying to make it in the real word. He becomes a tenant of a woman named Rebecca, a thirty-eight year old woman with a six year old named Mary Martha. Michael had a hard time getting his “severance paycheck” cashed, and finally walks by Rebecca’s sign in the window advertising a small apartment for rent. She cashes his check and he settles in, not having brought much with him. I wonder what job he will get? Don’t you just love an unusual love story? I sure do!

LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH by Emily Giffin

LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH by Emily Giffin, (c)2008. This is the story of Ellen and Andy who just experienced the first year of a perfect marriage. They are so in love and content with their lives. Then one afternoon Ellen bumps into her ex-boyfriend who she hasn’t seen or talked to in ten years. Now Ellen just can’t get Leo off her mind, thinking about him at all odd hours and times during the day. Now Ellen’s not sure she’s with the right man. Then they go on flirting and playing cat and mouse games. Will Ellen screw up her marriage? That remains to be seen, but it sure sounds like it could happen.

DROWNING RUTH by Christina Schwarz

DROWNING RUTH by Christina Schwarz, (c) 2001. This WWI era psychological thriller starts out in 1919 when a young mother named Mathilda Neumann drowns beneath the ice of a rural Wisconsin lake. Her death dramatically changes the lives of her daughter Ruth, her husband Carl who was away at war, and her sister older Amanda. Ruth grew up a little wild compared to the actions of her classmates. I swear I read this book a long time ago actually, but that didn’t stop me from reading it again. If you want to find out what REALLY happened to Mathilda you’ll have to read the book yourself!

THIS IS HOW I’D LOVE YOU by Hazel Woods

THIS IS HOW I’D LOVE YOU by Hazel Woods, (c) 2014. Hazel Woods lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children, so I am not surprised some of the story takes place there. I plan on reading more of Hazel’s work, if she has any in the future. This is the story of star crossed lovers… Or so it looks right up to the end, but will they smarten up and become one family? I highly recommend this book about an ambulance driver in WWI and the daughter of his pen pal chess player whom he loves but hasn’t met. I found the tragic story just enchanting! (Okay that is a real flowery word coming from my mind.. sorry!)

RESTLESS WIND by Dorothy Garlock

RESTLESS WIND by Dorothy Garlock, (c) 1986, 2002 large type. Rosalee lives in the Colorado mountains where she cares for her ailing father  and younger siblings, and their life is far from easy in their dirt floor cabin. One night the dog barks awakening the family as a strong half white, half native American man asks to be left in. His name is Logan Horn and he asks for help caring for his dying mother Morning Sun and they are allowed to enter. Rosalee opens her door and her heart as she comes to love this rugged yet sensitive man.

LOST AND FOUND by Jaqueline Sheehan

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.

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.