THE LAKE OF DREAMS by Kim Edwards, (c) 2011. This story starts out in Japan, where hydrologist Lucy Jarret finds herself unemployed. Later when she returns home to New York, she meets an old love who’s now a glass artist. 10 years earlier her father drowned in a boating accident while fishing but no one knows what really happened. Lucy wonders what would have happened if she had gone fishing with him when he asked her. Late one night as she walks in the family’s old lakeside house she finds some items locked away in an old window seat. The items will reveal old family secrets.. something about a young girl jumping out of a window while a comet passed by overhead. The items are linked to the suffragist movement and stained glass windows found in Lucy’s hometown and beyond. Well it sounds like a series of mysteries and I think I’m going to read this one.
SARA’S SONG by Fern Michaels, (c) 1998. I wasn’t sure if I could relate to a story about a rock star and a doctor romance, if you want to call it that.. A romance that is. There seems to be something wrong with Dallas Lord, a 38 year old rock star. When he was a child (age 7) he fell out of a tree and probably should have gone to the hospital for x-rays but his 10 year old brother thought he was fine and never told anyway. Guilt caused lawyer Adam Lord to take charge of his brother’s finances after he started the CANYON RIVER BAND.
After Doug Lord’s best friend and band mate Billy Sweet has a heart attack he meets a doctor Sara Killian, and after Billy dies in the hospital Dallas invites Sara to his estate where they have become good friends. Sara think Dallas has a problem with illiteracy at first. He can’t really read or manage his own finances. Now his brother Adam quit working for Dallas and he’s at a loss and panics. His old lover comes back and bilks him out of money. She asked for $25,000.00 but Dallas offers $100,000.00 which she greedily takes.
Meanwhile I guess Dallas writes Sara a song and then some tragedy happens to Dallas. According to the book blurb on the back cover: “But before he disappeared, Dallas gives Sara a love song written just for her. It’s a legacy that will take Sara places she’s never dreamed of– Into intrigue, betrayal and deadly danger. And when she meets Adam Lord, Dallas’s older brother, she will find herself torn–between Adam, the most attractive and complicated man she’s ever known, and Dallas, the man her heart won’t let her forget.”
A WEDDING IN DECEMBER by Anita Shreve, (c) 2006. This story takes place in an inn in the Berkshire Mountains. Seven former schoolmates gather to celebrate a wedding. All seven are reminiscing when they recall an event that happened many years ago, and how it changed each of their lives. Secrets are revealed that will change their futures also.
NOTE: I didn’t read this book, I found something more interesting to read.
WHILE ANGELS SLEEP by Judith Kelman(c) 1988. This old suspense novel was a nice change form my usual fare. It was almost like watching a TV suspense movie. A wife and mother of 3 is forced to settle her father’s estate – an artists colony called Thornwood in Massachusetts. Lots of weird goings on there along with an 11 year old daughter she adopted after marrying the girls father.
NOWHERE TO BE FOUND, The Secrets of Blue Hill Library Series by Emily Thomas (c) 2013. Emily Thomas is merely a pen name for a group of people writing for Guidepost. It was really written by Kristin Eckhardt. I don’t see the point of this pen name idea. Why not say the real author’s name or names? Why even reveal it in the back of the book? This is a Guideposts published book, so you know it’s centered around the Methodist religion. If you are offended by the word God and any bible passages please pass it over. This was a nice friendly story about a woman named Anne Gibson who inherits her Aunt Edie Summer’s old Victorian home. She was instructed to renovate the house into a library for the small town of Blue Hill in Pennsylvania. Half the home is being converted into living quarters for Anne and her 9 year old son Ben and 5 year old daughter Liddy. As the roof caves in a secret room is discovered where Aunt Edie apparently did some writing. There in the room Anne finds a wedding photo of Aunt Edie and a mystery man. Considering no one knew Aunt Edie had married it came as a shock and Anne spends the whole book trying to find the man Aunt Edie was married to and get the story out of him. Well I’m not going to give the ending away, you know how I hate doing that? LOL
NOTE: I really enjoyed this laid back book. There could have been a romance between Anne and her home renovator… but… There’s a sequel to this book, sounds like another mini mystery.
THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton, (c) 2012. This little family drama is set in the English countryside, London and Australia. It starts out in the 1960’s. An older actress named Laurel Nicholson is searching for the truth behind a murder she watched her mother commit when she was a 16 year old watching from a tree-house on a hot summer day in 1961. Laurel is an older now, and it’s been 50 years since her mom murdered that strange man. Her mother is now approaching 90 years of age and her 4 daughters are arranging her birthday party to be held in the hospital, but her mother’s time on earth is nearly at an end and Laurel and her only brother Gerry who was a mere 2 years old at the time of the murder are trying to find out the truth of what happened that day in 1961. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more novels by Kate Morton!
SAVANNAH BLUES by Mary Kay Andrews, (2003), author of LITTLE BITTY LIES. This mystery/romance might be okay, at least I hope it is! This story takes place in Savannah, Georgia where Eloise “Weezie” Foley is living in a backyard carriage house which she aquired in the divorce settlement. Her ex-husband Talmadge Evans III and his new girlfriend Caroline DeSantos are living in the huge luxurious townhouse Weezie used to live in with Tal.
Now Weezie is a ‘antique “picker”, she aquires the items at estate sales, yard sales and even things set out on the curb for garbage pick up, then the fixes them up and sells them. One day a rather wealthy old lady in town died and in order to get a preview of the homes contents Weezie attends the viewing being held in the old home, where she ends up in the middle of a murder mystery. I have no idea who dies at this point., as it’s too early to tell, and let’s face it, do you REALLY want to know, or just find out for yourself?