Saturday, July 7, 2018

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies

Subtitled: A Heartwarming Story of Grace, God, and Gumption.
Nonfiction by Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell

Now this is the kind of nonfiction I enjoy: a character-driven story about real people! I'm going to give the cowriter credit for readability, because I see she is also a fiction writer. Still, you could also really get the personality of Miss Brenda in the writing as well, so I think both ladies did a good job.

This was an interesting story and I recommend it!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Accidental Guardian

Fiction by Mary Connealy.

I will admit I chose this book simply because of the cover photo. Look at that adorable child holding the cowboy's hand!! Irresistible, I tell you.

This was a straight romance, but it had something of the thriller in it as well. It was a good story.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Necessary Lies

Fiction by Diane Chamberlain.

This was an amazing story about a social worker in 1960 who is trying to do what she thinks is best for her clients. She is young and idealistic, and she soon finds out her feelings don't always line up with the official manual at work, or with those of her supervisors. In addition, it's difficult to tell what the best thing for another person really is, and there are no easy answers when dealing with real-life poor people. 

An absorbing and thought-provoking story!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Calico Joe

Fiction by John Grisham

I just went to freshman orientation at Mississippi State University with my second daughter and they gave us this book. Three years ago, I did the same thing with my oldest girl, and we got Same Kind of Different as Me. Apparently the college assigns a book to each freshman class to read and then has the author come and speak at the beginning of the school year. So that means they are having John Grishsm visit my kids' school!! (I think he graduated from there.) It's an all-school book club! I think this is a great idea, but my daughters are not necessarily on board with it. 

So I don't know if my daughter will read this book, but I read it. I was afraid it would be too sportsy for me--I'm not a fan of sports books-- but this was really a character-driven story that had some sports parts I could skip if I didn't understand them. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sweet Mercy

Fiction by Ann Tatlock.

Set during Prohibition, this story is about a girl who has to learn that the law and morality don't always line up. It was a good novel!

Friday, June 22, 2018

No Good Deeds

Fiction by Laura Lippman

This was a good mystery story featuring detective Tess Monaghan. In this novel she wants to find the killer of the attorney general, but it seems no one else is interested in finding out who did it. An interesting new character is also introduced to join Tess and her boyfriend Crow, about whom I have read before. 

Friday, June 15, 2018


Fiction by Dean Koontz.

This story is classic Dean Koontz: normal and likable folks in over-the-top bizarre situations. In this book, it's a woman who is in the process of divorcing her abusive, controlling husband when he dies. She should feel relieved to be rid of him, but she seems afraid he will come back.  Impossible, right? But this is Koontz...

It's a fun an exciting read, assuming you can willingly suspend disbelief.