DROWNING RUTH by Christina Schwarz

DROWNING RUTH by Christina Schwarz, (c) 2001. This WWI era psychological thriller starts out in 1919 when a young mother named Mathilda Neumann drowns beneath the ice of a rural Wisconsin lake. Her death dramatically changes the lives of her daughter Ruth, her husband Carl who was away at war, and her sister older Amanda. Ruth grew up a little wild compared to the actions of her classmates. I swear I read this book a long time ago actually, but that didn’t stop me from reading it again. If you want to find out what REALLY happened to Mathilda you’ll have to read the book yourself!

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.

MONTANA DAWN by Caroline Fyffe

MONTANA DAWN by Caroline Fyffe, (c) 2010. This cowboy romance travels down a bumpy road as do all romances as you may have noticed the formula by now. Heavily pregnant Faith Brown is a young widow in the throes of labor during a thunder storm when Luke McCutcheon finds her in her wagon. Her horses are gone and her stepson Colton fearing Luke will hurt them bangs him on the head with a cast iron skillet. Luke ends up delivering the baby who he named Dawn. Now the couple are not in love yet. Luke needs to find out what or who she’s running from and of course that takes up the whole story. I did enjoy this book and I’m sure you will too.

ISABELLA MOON by Laura Benedict

ISABELLA MOON by Laura Benedict (c) 2007. This thriller novel is very good. I don’t usually read them but I was getting down to the nitty-gritty with my used book supply. I may just have to read more of this thriller novel genre.

Isabella Moon was a little girl who turned up missing two years earlier in idyllic Carystown, Kentucky. Kate Russell came two Carytown right after Isabella came up missing. Recently Kate has been visited by Isabella ghost or earthbound spirit and lead Kate to her burial spot in a local black cemetery.  Soon after Kate walks into the local sheriff’s office and tells Bill Delaney where the child’s grave is supposed to be. He thinks she’s just strange after that and tries to find out information on Kate, but doesn’t come up with very much, except that she was pretending to Kate Russell and was using a dead woman’s SS# and ID.

Meanwhile Sheriff Bill Delaney uncovers a whole lot of unsavory things in his little Kentucky town. It’s turning out to be a very interesting read. I suggest you gave it a try!

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!)