I have not posted any of the book I have read in the past month! I may just post a list of them here and not even discuss their content.
THE PLANTING SEASON- Dorothy Garlock, (I read it once before).
LOVE AND CHERISH- Dorothy Garlock, (Colonial times).
DRAGONWYCK- Anya Seton.
WOMEN’S DIARIES OF THE WESTWARD JOURNEY- Lillian Schlissel.
THE DEVANEY BROTHERS- Sherryl Woods.
TWICE IN A LIFETIME by Dorothy Garlock, (c) 2015. Dorothy Garlock is one of my favorite writers, I’m certain I’ll enjoy this family drama. This is the story of ClaraSinclair a WWII widow who’s raising a son alone in a small town. Her teenage son is very defiant and gets into trouble quite often. Drake McCoy shows up in town to race some of the townsfolk as they bet on who will win. Drake wins but gets his car smashed up by his opponent. Now he’s sticking around town and here he meets Clara and suddenly Drake is thinking of becoming a family man instead of a roaming loner.
DANDELION SUMMER by Lisa Wingate, (c) 2011. This heartwarming family mystery is about an elderly man named J. Norman Alvord and the friendship he has with a rather neglected teenager named Epiphany Jones who is hired to cook and clean for him a few nights a week after school. At first they don’t get along well, but as time goes on they become friends and help each other out with their various problems. I found the writing style very enjoyable and hope you will also. I look forward to reading more of Lisa Wingate’s books in the future.
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.
THE YEAR OF FOG by Michelle Richmond (c) 2007. Here is the story of a kidnapping of a 6 and 1/2 year old girl named Emma. She was being babysat by her father’s fiance Abby Mason. Abby and Emma were walking along the beach one foggy morning. Abby, a photographer stopped a moment to take photos of a dead baby seal pup, as Emma ran on ahead. As Abby looked up a moment later Emma had disappeared completely, that fast! Now the whole town is searching for the girl, and Any relationship she has with Emma’s father is slowly disintegrating. Abby is very hopeful that Emma will be found of course, she really does love the little girl. I’m enjoying the writing and hope you will too. As always I never tell the ending, although sometimes it’s easy to guess.
RIVER OF SUMMER by Lois Gilbert, (c) 1999. This old paperback was quite nice! No cell phones or computers in the story. Yet it really held my attention as the newly divorced Zoe Harper is running away from her old life as a house renovator and a selfish ex-husband who forced her to get an abortion early in their marriage, yet divorces her to be the father of his younger lover’s baby. So here’s Zoe, traveling across country to start a new life in her old Winnebago camper. One day while driving through the Utah desert she see’s a man hitchhiking along the side of the road next to his broken down car, and she just drives by, but then she runs over something and has to stop and investigate. The young hitchhiker runs over and asks her for a ride, and what she ran over by the way was his duffel bag. She refused to give him a ride, not trusting him at all, as she never picks up hitchhikers anyway, it’s just not safe. Meanwhile she ends up giving him a ride, and they slowly become friends and then lovers. Zoe doesn’t like the fact that she’s 11 years older than Paul. He’s 28 ans she’s 39, but the relation blooms anyway. NOW! Does this sound interesting? I enjoyed the book a lot and was sorry it ended.
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.