A SOFT PLACE TO LAND by Susan Rebecca White

A SOFT PLACE TO LAND by Susan Rebecca White, (c) 2010. This is a coming of age story of two teen-aged half-sisters who become orphans when their mother and Ruthie’s father die in a plane crash. Then the girls get separated to be raised by relatives. Ruthie ends up with her father’s sister Mimi  and her husband Robert and Julia ends up with her father and step mother Peggy. Along the way family secrets are revealed. The sisters argue and don’t talk to each other.. Life goes on you know?

LOVE LETTERS A Rose Harbor Novel and Cedar Cove Series book by Debbie Macomber

LOVE LETTERS A Rose Harbor Novel and Cedar Cove Series book by Debbie Macomber, (c) 2014. Sometimes authors re-title a book and try to see it off as a new one. This book makes no claim as that but the story sure does sound familiar. The Innkeeper a yound widow named Jo Marie has a friendship with the handyman renovating her Inn and he refuses to tell anyone anything about himself. Keeping to himself like a closed book. He won’t reveal much about himself to the town.  Now that story line sounds very familiar to me… Did Debbie write a similar novel and just update it and make it more modern with Facebook and texting etc?  The other characters are a married couple Maggie and Roy who have two small children. They just aren’t getting along. The husband has a emotional affair with a young single woman he met during work. Maggie is heartbroken of course and wanted the weekend at Rose Harbor Inn to get their marriage back on track. But Maggie has a secret of her own.. as you will find out. The other couple in the story is a young sheltered woman named Ellie who travels from Oregon to Seattle and is staying at the Inn where she plans on meeting her romantic interest Tom whom she met in a chat-room and ‘friended’ on FaceBook.  They make an attractive couple. Well I’m only on page 93 and I don’t want to give away too much of the story. Enjoy the book, I am.

TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME by Carol Rifka Brunt

TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME by Carol Rifka Brunt, (c) 2013. This reading group book was bought at a thrift store for a mere dollar! I looked inside and it was a Margate City Public Library book taken out 11/05/2014, I even know who borrowed it. I could send it back I suppose. I looked them up and sent them a note! Margate is in New Jersey! How about that?

Well it looks like this book takes place in 1986 and deals with the new AIDS crisis, centering on fourteen year old June Elbus who along with her older sister Greta, sixteen, are having their portrait painted by their uncle Finn who is dying of AIDS. After Finn dies June notices a man at the funeral, and later she receives Uncle Finn’s Russian Teapot through the mail. Then she receives a note from a man named Toby who is also missing Finn. So I suppose she becomes friends with her uncle’s lover. It sounded like a heartwarming story. I’m only on page 14, but I do like this book!

NOTE: Did you notice no one ever talks about AIDS anymore? Please note that this book is kinda heartbreaking to read about death, and recovering from the death of a loved one with the Aids thing going on. It’s a cloudy overcast day and I feel like shedding a few tears now, but I’m half way done with the book, I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. I finished this book today! I read about 200 pages. I have a little eye strain now!

MEN AND DOGS by Katie Crouch

MEN AND DOGS by Katie Crouch, (c) 2010. This is the story about one screwed up woman. She’s about 35 years old, and she keeps messing up her life! She cheats on her husband several times. It seems this all started when she was 11 years old and her father went out on a boat and never came back and they never found his body, but presumed him dead. He’s been long “buried” and her mother remarries a wealthy man who helped raise Hannah and her gay older brother Palmer. It really is a good book. I love quirky characters after all. So lets see how she fixes her life after all she had to come back to her hometown to recover from a balcony fall. Now Hannah gets to visit with all the people who were there all those years ago when her father drowned. I did enjoy this book and you might also.

THE HEARTS OF HORSES by Molly Gloss

THE HEARTS OF HORSES by Molly Gloss, (c) 2007. This World War I period story takesin the winter of 1917. Nineteen year old Martha Lessen is a tall big-boned woman, with a pleasant wide mouthed smile. She travels to eastern Oregon with three of her horses looking for work. What with the war going on many men are missing from their farms women have taken over the job of “breaking” horses to saddle. Martha doesn’t “break” a horse as we usually think, as in a bucking bronco style,  she “gentles” them into the saddle. As the townspeople get to know Martha they learn to appreciate her company and her way with their horses. I’m only on page 62 and I’m really enjoying this book so far. I look forward to reading more books by this authoress.

GOOD IN BED by Jennifer Weiner

GOOD IN BED by Jennifer Weiner, (c) 1989. This book is older than I thought!… Oh well, any story about a chubby main character is going to catch the eye of any chubby reader looking for romance, and even those like me who are in a good marriage! Cannnie Shapiro is twenty-eight years old. Her mother recently came charging out of the closet, he father is out of the picture, but she loves her friends and her little dog Nifkin.

One day Cannie gets a phone call from a friend telling her to read  a story in a national woman’s magazine which Cannie’s ex-boyfriend wrote titled “”Loving a Larger Woman.” Cannie is miserable now but she’s working on her life to make it better to figure out who she is and what makes her really happy..