Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Story of Siblings

How would you feel if your family’s story was made into a novel and then became a motion picture? This is exactly what happens to Franny Keating when she becomes involved with a best-selling author who is searching for ideas for his new book. Franny’s family life is complicated. It begins at Franny's Christening party when an uninvited guest arrives with a bottle of gin. After her folks divorce, she becomes part of a blended family. Franny and her sister Caroline go to live in Virginia with their mother and her new husband, Bert. His four children come out from California every summer. The kids are left on their own much of the time. The adventures and tragedy that happen to this clan are strange and understandable at the same time. If you like family dramas, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett is intriguing. DB

Friday, March 10, 2017

Welcome to Elmwood Springs

Fannie Flagg, celebrated author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop CafĂ©, charms readers again with her new book—The Whole Town’s Talking.  She tells the history of a tiny town in Missouri founded by Swedish dairy farmer Lordor Nordstrom and his mail-order bride Katrina. Nordstrom and the other early settlers were definitely far-sighted when they started Elmwood Springs in the 1800’s. They even dedicated a lovely quiet spot for the town cemetery--Still Meadows. The book takes us from the town's early days up to the current time, noting how things change yet also stay the same. If you enjoy simple things, this sweet tale of generational life in small-town USA is great. DB

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Lord of the Privateers

Lord of the Privateers by Stephanie Laurens was a very interesting read. The romance and passion between the main couple was breathtaking. Their passionate moments were at times very intimate, tender and sweet, and other times absolutely steamy hot. Then of course there was the rescue mission to read, the suspense in wondering if all the pieces will fall into place as planned and the rescue be a success, or if something or someone will throw a screw in the works. Even having read just this one book I was holding my breath in some scenes and waiting to see what happened next. I loved this book and I highly recommend it. *JK*

Thursday, February 23, 2017

the unexamined life

Dianne Warren's novel Liberty Street tells a story about a woman's journey through life in small-town Saskatchewan and, more broadly, about the strength of second chances. Frances Mary Moon's young life was full of bizarre tragedies that affected her more than she knew, and everything boils up inside her again when she and her partner, Ian, get trapped in traffic due to the funeral of a young girl and her infant. She blurts out her secrets: that she lost a baby during premature birth when she was 19, and that she had been married and probably still is. The long chapters jump between Frances's formative years and her present-day adult life as she decides to return to her hometown and see for herself what ghosts reside there. The depiction of Frances as a child is just exquisite; to see through her eyes is a perfect recreation of a child's inner workings. With a strong narrative voice in both sections, the novel creates an intimate portrayal of the road to resolution and recovery for a soul adrift. Frances as a child has a confused but determined voice. As an adult, she sets to thinking through what exactly she is looking to recover by digging into the past. Warren's novel is a thoughtful, intricate tale that builds quietly but strikes hard and fast. © Copyright PW (ML)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Mini Mystery

NYPD detectives Luc Moncrief and K. Burke are trying to figure out why beautiful young New York women are dropping dead. Autopsies reveal nothing. The only thing they seem to have in common is a nanny placement service. When a fourth young woman with no children dies—they are really baffled. In their off-time, Luc and K. Burke manage to see the Kentucky Derby. He is friends with one of the owners of a horse in the race. When the horse wins, another deadly mystery begins. French Twist by James Patterson and Rich DiLallo is a quick read from the new Bookshots collection. It's a great pick for busy people. DB