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!
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.
A PATCHWORK FAMILY by Charlotte Hubbard, 2005. This book reminds me of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. If you don’t enjoy wholesome God fearing stories, you can leave right now! There’s religion playing a heavy role in the story line. This one takes place in Kansas where Judd and Mercedes (Mercy) Malloy, a childless couple, run a stagecoach stop. One day two children are dropped off and Mercy and Judd offered to take them in. The 10 year old boy Billy is a sweet helpful fellow but the 13 year old sister Christine is not adjusting well and has run away trying to find the mother who abandoned them to run off with some rich man. I’m going to continue reading it, cuz a little wholesomeness won’t hurt me every now and then! LOL
AT THE SCENT OF WATER by Linda Nichols, 2004. Here’s my version of the book blurb:
This is the story of Samuel Truelove, a gifted heart surgeon, who married Annie the love of his life, and they had a beautiful daughter. One day Samuel was asked to perform emergency surgery that sent a deadly cascade of events in motion and their picture perfect life started to unravel.
Broken hearted Annie Truelove leaves her beloved home in the mountains of North Carolina, hoping to escape her grief. She moves to far away Seattle to start over. Not that she’s any happier with her memories which of course still haunt her everyday. Then she is offered a job with The Los Angels Times, where she hopes a better life awaits her, but a disturbing headline interrupts her plans and takes her back home to her husband, where the past coming flooding back to her.
Here’s the teaser:
“He remembered the foolish hope that had carried him through the first year. She had been traumatized, he told himself. She just needed time to recover from the events that had torn both of their hearts to pieces.”
I’ll have to let you know what I think later!
NOTE: Here I am on page 94 and I can’t seem to get into the book, there’s to many religious overtones..and Biblical quotes. If you are a true Christian and go to church every week, or even one who doesn’t, you may love this book.
JOELLE’S SECRET by Gilbert Morris, 2008. Remember Gilbert Morris? The former pastor now an English professor and very prolific Christian writer? I really do enjoy his writing, except when he comes out preaching. But I manage to push it into the background and read the story anyway. This one is about an orphaned 17 year old Joelle Lynn Mitchell who runs away from her evil stepfather soon after her mother dies. It seems that Burl Harper wants her in his bed with or without a marriage certificate. He has a warrant out for her arrest claiming she stole from him. Of course she didn’t. She meets up with Owen Majors, a recently released Ex-Con who really wasn’t guilty of the crime. Anyway, Owen think Joelle is a young man because that’s how she hid her identity while on the run from her stepfather. He eventually finds out of course, and I suppose they fall in love. Morris’s books usually have a happy ending and the hero and or heroine usually get “saved”.
RUBY: A Dakota Treasure Series 1 book by Lauraine Snelling, 2003. This book has a Christian author and publisher. This is the story of Ruby Torvald age 20 and her younger sister Opal. They have inherited a whore house it seems and also “inherited” the “soiled doves” who work there. She’s working on transforming the Saloon and whore house into a hotel and restaurant. The two prostitutes are now working for Ruby in a more upright manner. I can guess she succeeds and get’s married to the army captain or the cowboy..
THE HOUSE OF WINSLOW SERIES, the RELUCTANT BRIDEGROOM 1838 by Gilbert Morris (1990). The House of Winslow Series seems to be pleasing to the reader’s eye, if he or she can overlook the Bible thumping you find occasionally. I’m really enjoying this story about SKY WINSLOW, who’s one-quarter Sioux, the widower and father of a 12-year-old boy named Joe. Sky has the job of transporting a number of single women over the Oregon trail in order to become the wives of men they’ve never even met before. From reading a few of the other books in the series I already know he and Rebekah Jackson, she’s a single, beautiful and pregnant 22-year-old with an orphan baby boy she is raising. They fall in love and get married at some point. It is proving to be a good read.