Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Scotsman Who Saved Me


The Scotsman Who Saved Me by Hannah Howell has a well written introduction to a new series in which Scottish men who have immigrated to American will each have the story of how they find their brides told. In this book each brother is met and a bit is told about him but this is the story of the eldest, Iain McEnroy, and the woman he finds to settle down with.

This book seems to be a good read with a plot similar to many I have read and the characters were enjoyable and entertaining. You will definitely want to read the next book in the series. *JK

Friday, September 29, 2017

Lonely Hearts



Meet Addie and Louis, two lonely widowed neighbors, who decide to do something about it. Addie approaches Louis with an idea about spending some time together, so neither of them will have to deal with the long empty evenings alone. They are around the same age, have grown children, and have a lot of things in common. Will this plan work? Read Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf and find out. (This book has just been made into a movie starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.) DB  

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Toughest Cowboy in Texas


Toughest Cowboy in Texas by Carolyn Brown was an enjoyable, well-paced, small town romance, with a bit of the second chance element tossed in. There was a relationship with the characters in the past, but it was never one that was allowed to grow and neither of them saw it was something with a future, so while this was a second chance, it really was more of their first chance to explore what they had without it having an automatic expiration date. But at the same time, she was only there for the summer... so it was like a do-over of their history, but as adults.
Lila and Brody have chemistry, but they also like each other and appreciate one another for who they are. The story at the end was so perfect that you get to see how they really felt about each other. Don't worry! I won't spoil the ending! You will know what happens when you get there and it's perfect! *JK*

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*