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.

THE YEAR OF FOG by Michelle Richmond

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

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

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.

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!)

THE AVALON LADIES SCRAPBOOKING SOCIETY by Darien Gee

THE AVALON LADIES SCRAPBOOKING SOCIETY by Darien Gee, (c) 2013. I admit I’m NOT a scrapbooker although it seems pretty popular according the supplies in MICHAEL’S Hobby and Art Supplies store. As I read this book I swear it was written in conjunction with a scrapbook supplies company! heck maybe it was! LOL Anyway in spite of that the characters seem quirky and just plain human and I always liked that!  The author lives in Hawaii with her husband and three children, other than that there’s not much info on her in the book not even a photo. She did write FRIENDSHIP BREAD also.

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.