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.

THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF by Lucinda Riley

THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF by Lucinda Riley, (c) 2011. Grania (Isn’t that an odd name? Maybe not in Ireland I suppose). Well 31 year old Grania has recently had a miscarriage and is running from the pain. She abandons her boyfriend Matt and their apartment in New York City and has gone home to Ireland, to the family farm. There she won’t have anything to do with Matt. I have yet to figure out why. Now she won’t talk to him even on the phone. Matt is being consoled by a female friend now. Will it become a romance as Matt nurses his own emotional pain over the loss of his child? Who knows. Meanwhile on the cliff overlooking the sea Grania meets a little girl named Aurora Lisles, the eight year old motherless child of Alexander Lisles. Of course she’s quickly becoming attached as she sees her everyday. Meanwhile she’s asked to be a nanny and housekeeper while Alexander goes out of town for a month. We’ll see what happens next.

NOTE: This book is weird age wise in the relationships. It’s not adding up very well. AURORA is narrating as if telling the story from memory, as if she is an old woman (yet she is not it turns out!). Yet the story reads as if it’s taking place in the present moment meaning 2011, the year it was published, when Aurora was 8 years old..So I’m a little put off by the ages of folks.

GRANIA is a 31 year old Irish woman living in NYC working as a sculptor.  She has a miscarriage and flees to Ireland, to her family on the old farm.

Grania’s mother KATHLEEN was a cousin of Aurora’s deceased mother LILY they grew up next door to each other and were one year apart, yet I’m to believe that a woman nearly Kathleen’s age had a child 8 years ago when she was 40 years old?  How old is Kathleen then? 49 I guess, so she had Grania when she was 18? I guess it possible…

The whole thing strikes me as odd folks! The timeline is a mess, especially with “old” Aurora narrating.

NOTE: I don’t LOVE this writer’s style, she more or less is a pampered upper class woman, who writes about the same kind of people. I don’t relate well I guess. Plus I didn’t like the ending.

WITHOUT YOU by Saskia Sarginson

They  thought she was lost forever… WITHOUT YOU by Saskia Sarginson, (c) 2014. One day 17 year old Eva went out fishing with her dad, and was knocked into the ocean by the boat’s sail. Immediately there was a helicopter and boats out searching for her but her body was never found. Eva’s younger sister Faith just knows Eva is still alive and goes out searching for her. The aftermath has her parents marriage disintegrating, but Faith never gives up! Meanwhile on an island nearby is dilapidated, windowless concrete huts, empty for years. Inside one of these huts Eva is being held captive, but she’s fighting to survive and return home.

A SOFT PLACE TO LAND by Susan Rebecca White

A SOFT PLACE TO LAND by Susan Rebecca White, (c) 2010. This is a coming of age story of two teen-aged half-sisters who become orphans when their mother and Ruthie’s father die in a plane crash. Then the girls get separated to be raised by relatives. Ruthie ends up with her father’s sister Mimi  and her husband Robert and Julia ends up with her father and step mother Peggy. Along the way family secrets are revealed. The sisters argue and don’t talk to each other.. Life goes on you know?