Friday, September 15, 2017

Survival time



Helena is a happily married young mother living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She takes care of her two daughters, delivers home-made jams and jellies to various retailers, and enjoys the simple life she has worked hard to maintain. She is harboring a dark secret that she is determined to keep hidden. When she hears that a man has escaped from a nearby prison after killing two guards she becomes fearful that it could be her father. He is known as the “Marsh King” and has been locked up for fourteen years. Helena’s past has resurfaced and she stands to lose everything. She decides to use all of her skills to find her father and turn him in to authorities. Can she find him before he finds her? Read The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne to find out! DB.

Poetry

Did you know the Library has a writing group?  I wasn't aware that several of the participants write poetry!  We have a lot of poetry books here at the Library for you to check out.  One that comes to mind is Rupi Kaur's book Milk and Honey.  From the publisher:
Milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

One of the writers from our group, Jesse Holt, has shared one of his poems that I thought I would share with you.  SG

Everywhere

it is you alone; there is none else
who quickly turns the key
unlocking the door that houses my pulse
revealing the severity
desperately, i must be with you
you are everywhere I want to be

thoughts of you buy all my time
hoisting me up like a pulley
holding me forever between reason and rhyme
for which there is no remedy
thoughtfully, i must be with you
you are everywhere I want to be

it is curious why i banter, true
and as comical as it may be
rather than wage any war with you
i'd gladly sign any treaty
peacefully, i must be with you
you are everywhere i want to be

i charge your love to give explanation
of its utter complexity
while confusion may be one creation
yours still releases simplicity
tenderly, i must be with you
you are everywhere i want to be

a challenge may make us bend and bow
but we pray the holy creed
and that is what makes us flood and flow
our trust to let Providence lead
prayerfully, i must be with you
you are everywhere i want to be

and when this life of breath and mud
is but a vapor of mortality;
let it be said i found a current of love
that washed and guided me
always i will be with you
you are everywhere i want to be.

                      Jesse Holt



Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Momentary Marriage


A Momentary Marriage by Candace Camp is entertaining and a lovely romance. I liked both James and Laura as they came together. As the mystery of someone trying to kill them unfolded, so did their discovery of each other and their subsequent growing attraction and appreciation. I liked that both were flawed, feisty, and layered. And though the secondary characters were a bit more flat and only moved in and out of the story to move it along, it did not dim my enjoyment too much and in the end I was satisfied with the reading experience. *JK*

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Luca


You will instantly get sucked into the world of Ruin and Revenge when you read the second series, Luca, one of the mafia bad boys. The author spares no details with the grittiness of her stories. These are not your fluffly mafia guys that you know are bad but never see their sides. Oh no. You see it, feel it, and downright taste it in these books. As the senior capo for the Toscani crime family, Luca may take his fashion seriously with his three piece suits, but he's certainly not afraid to get his hands dirty. When he takes a bullet for his boss, Nico, a visit to the hospital changes everything for the man that never thought he'd find himself in love. *JK*

Monday, July 17, 2017

Could You Be This Brave?

https://tlnl.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/oxfd/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:2147983/email?qu=bakers+secret&d=ent%3A%2F%2FSD_ILS%2F0%2FSD_ILS%3A2147983~~0Most of us have read WWII fiction, and here's another!  The Baker's Secret is a well-written, easy to read book about a brave and determined 22-year-old woman.  In a small German-occupied village in France just before D-Day, the local Jewish baker is taken away.  The German army needs bread and Emma was the baker's apprentice.  A small resistance team is created when Emma figures out a way to distribute needed food (and hope!) to villagers while living in a home occupied by a German officer. 
Strong characters and wonderful descriptions of the countryside, the smells of bread and the villagers. This story made me think about what I would do in Emma's situation and if I could be this brave?? SW

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Wicked Heir


The Wicked Heir, by Elizabeth Michels is a wonderful addition to the "Spare Heirs" series. Fallon St. James is the heart of the organization and has no intention of changing anything in his life until he is drawn in to helping Lady Isabelle Fairlyn find a suitable match.
Fallon and Isabelle fall in to many of the "traps" that this story-line often sets, however, they handle things in a refreshing and amusing way. When Fallon is left with no other option than to protect Isabelle, he spends a lot of time with her and gives up some of his secrets and the relationship takes on a new turn.
There is a lot of romance as well as excitement in this book. It's a wonderful, fast paced read. *JK*

Thursday, June 22, 2017

What's left behind...





When a famed children's book author and illustrator dies unexpectedly, falling off a roof, the people left behind are left with a mess. His beloved caretaker is left to distribute his estate, which a museum was confident of getting. Moreover, the museum was going to build a new wing to display his books, papers and paintings. It is left to the hapless caretaker, Tomasina Dulair to inform the museum of this and tell his former friend and curator about the change. Another complication is a planned movie of his life, and the actor depicting him, who wants access to Tomasina to try and find his character. Julia Glass does a masterful job writing The House Among the Trees, to add to her many fine other novels.There are several points of view in this book, adding to the richness of the writing. ML