This is a very short, sweet love story. It starts out slowly and is mainly told by Miss Anne. Miss Anne is an older woman who lives in the small Georgi...moreThis is a very short, sweet love story. It starts out slowly and is mainly told by Miss Anne. Miss Anne is an older woman who lives in the small Georgia town on the eve of WWII. She is telling us about Mr. Oto, a Japanese-American, who used to be her gardener. Mr. Oto quietly works and keeps to himself, until the day he meets the local spinster, Sophie. (I never quite figured out Sophie's age, but she is older and never married.) Over the course of time, Sophie and Mr. Oto meet once a week to paint at the riverside. However, Pearl Harbor is attacked and Mr. Oto quickly becomes the focus of talk and suspicion and realizes he has to leave. Miss Anne is a very strong character. She eventually comes to the aid of Mr. Oto. Sophie must decide how much she is willing to risk for a future with a man who has brought joy into her life. She also realizes that she is worthy of love. The story ends with a bit of mystery and intrigue. I don't really care for novels that are a bit open ended, but that was okay here. I would give this book 3 1/2 stars and recommend it.(less)
This was a fun book to read. I don't think you can go wrong with a good crime thriller/mystery. I believe that this is the sixth book in what is know...moreThis was a fun book to read. I don't think you can go wrong with a good crime thriller/mystery. I believe that this is the sixth book in what is know as the "bug man series." It is called this due to the main characters job as a forensic entomologist. Nick studies bugs that are attracted to human remains. His work helps to solve crimes.
In this story, Nick is getting married to Alena. Alena is a dog trainer who he first met when her dogs helped locate a dead body. These two eccentric characters seem to be a perfect match for each other. However, a mere four days before the nuptials-Nick finds himself driving to Philadelphia for the monthly meeting of the Vidocq society. Being among a group of forensic professionals consulting on cold cases will surely allow him to feel useful and normal.
The story takes a twist when Nick finds himself caught up in a murder case involving a good friend. Nick continues his travels to the Poconos all the while becoming more and more distracted with solving his friends murder. So Alena decides to track him down to find out if he really is pursuing a killer or is he running away from something else.
I was immediately drawn to the characters of Nick and Alena. I loved the sarcastic humor and banter that was found through out the story. It made for a fun, lighthearted read that kept me guessing who the bad guys were and if Nick would ever make it down the aisle in time. I did find the ending a bit far fetched. I don't believe for a minute this would ever happen in real life. But I guess that is what makes reading fun. I was also really surprised by the final few pages. The ending is not what I think will happen. I know that there will be more in this series and I would not hesitate to read more about Nick and Alena. They are both two characters that made the book. (less)
I liked this book, it was just left me feeling a bit too sad and depressed at the end for a better rating.
Marta seems confused and lonely as Hector's...moreI liked this book, it was just left me feeling a bit too sad and depressed at the end for a better rating.
Marta seems confused and lonely as Hector's wife. She has been married for over 20 years and is dealing with her son starting a life of his own. Marta decides to stop taking the medication that her husband diligently gives her each day to help her cope with visions and hallucinations. However, as we continue to read, Marta begins to see a young girl with blond hair. I kept wanting to read to find out if this girl was a dead daughter, was it Marta herself?
As you are reading, their are many reference to an old fashioned manuel given to Marta by her mother in law entitled, How to be a Good Wife.
This haunting tale kept me reading. Eventually, Marta discovers a dark secret suppressed in her past. Her son and husband are unwilling to accept what Marta claims to be truth. The ending may leave readers feeling frustrated. I kept willing Marta to run to the police with her information, but the writer weaves the story in another direction.
Very sad, chilling story. Definitely one to read. I received an e-book copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review. (less)
I enjoyed this book although it moved along a bit slowly to me. I did not realize that it was what I consider christian fiction. It was not featured h...moreI enjoyed this book although it moved along a bit slowly to me. I did not realize that it was what I consider christian fiction. It was not featured heavily in the story, but was mentioned a few times. The main character is Shelby. Her and her brother, Trey are children of an abusive father who eventually left their family.
Shelby, now in her thirties, suddenly finds herself the legal guardian of her step-sister, Shayla. Hoping for a new start to life, Shelby accepts a teaching position at a missionary run school in Germany. There she meets Scott, a fellow teacher, who helps her begin to let go of her past.
This was an enjoyable read, but at times, not much going on besides past abuse issues. I was interested in it because I had also taught overseas in a missionary school and thought it would be a book I could relate to. I enjoyed it for that reason. Shelby is still dealing with the effects of her dad's abusive and the flashbacks involve some heavy issues and details of how two young children suffered emotional scarring.
I received this book as part of the goodreads giveaway program.(less)
A Little Bit of Passion was a fun, entertaining read. Karen prides herself on her independence and free spirit. During the winter, she is a ski instru...moreA Little Bit of Passion was a fun, entertaining read. Karen prides herself on her independence and free spirit. During the winter, she is a ski instructor and in the summer months she is co-owner of a book store in Long Island. After going through a divorce, Karen is happy with her life, her small living spaces and her care free, gypsy style existence. But all of that is threatened when she meets John. Like most of us, Karen is skeptical that a relationship with a man who has a completely different lifestyle can work. And to top it off, she discovers he lives in Seattle. This was the part of the book I really enjoyed since I live about 40 minutes outside of Seattle and often refer to it as a very muddy, dreary place ten months out of the year. The entire book is written in emails between Karen and her very close friend and partner in the bookstore, Leslie. At first I had a hard time relating to the characters, but after a bit, I really enjoyed this type of format. I loved hearing Karen's versions of events and then seeing Leslie's response. I normally do not read romance novels, but I liked this book. There were several situations that made the reader wonder if this romance really was going to work. Later on, Karen's friend Leslie meets John and it puts a whole new twist on the plot. The book is only 186 pages, but it was a perfect summer read. The author does a great job with her descriptions. I could easily envision the scenery and many scenarios in the book. Well done! A cute, uplifting romantic read. Thank you to the goodreads giveaway program for this win.(less)
I would be more inclined to rate this book 2 1/2 stars, but it did hold my interest. The story is told from Clementine's point of view. She has always...moreI would be more inclined to rate this book 2 1/2 stars, but it did hold my interest. The story is told from Clementine's point of view. She has always felt like the odd sister even though she is a triplet. Her two other sisters are identical twins and she is a fraternal. The story opens up with the dad missing. Eventually we learn that their dad had a secret that he has never revealed to his family. When it comes to light, the family is divided and tested. The story moves along very slowly. It really is a book about Clementine, and how events have shaped her life. Their dad has a very small role in the book. It seems to work because Clementine and her sisters constantly talk about how they rarely know him and he is always off traveling with work, etc. So the readers also do not really learn anything about him. This is the first book I have read from this author. It was just okay for me. I received this book as part of the Goodreads FirstReads program.(less)
This is the third book in the cousin's war series. I was a little bit disappointed with this book. It was not as fast paced, nor had enough material t...moreThis is the third book in the cousin's war series. I was a little bit disappointed with this book. It was not as fast paced, nor had enough material to make an intriguing as her other books. In this novel, we are reacquainted with the character of Jacquetta. In the previous book, Jacquetta plays a small role as mother to Elizabeth. This time around, we learn more about Jacquetta. We meet her as a young girl, then her first marriage, her second marriage for love and her role as lady in waiting to the queen. Really the most interesting parts of the book, was the mysterious illness of the king which caused him to sleep for close to 15 months and his juvenile demeanor upon waking. The book was okay, I was interested and it kept my attention, but there just wasn't enough of a flowing storyline like there were in the two previous novels. An okay read, and recommended if you have read previous books in the cousin's war. I received this book as part of the Goodreads giveaway program. (less)
Jodi Picoult tackles gay rights, a controversial subject, in her latest novel. Zoe, a music therapist, has just suffered a stillborn birth. This is an...moreJodi Picoult tackles gay rights, a controversial subject, in her latest novel. Zoe, a music therapist, has just suffered a stillborn birth. This is another tragedy in the midst of infertility treatments, miscarriages and financial and mental stress. Her husband, Max can not handle anymore and asks for a divorce after Zoe announces she wants to "keep trying."
Zoe, then meets Vanessa and is comes as the biggest surprise of all to her when she discovers she is falling in love with a women. Eventually Zoe and Vanessa want to use the frozen embryos from Zoe and Max to start a family of their own. However, Max is now a part of a deeply religious church group who decide to support Max in his quest to retain custody of the embryos. What follows is a battle between two groups at odds with each other.
I thought the story was pretty good. It was interesting to see how the story would play out in the courtroom. I would have liked to see how Lucy's story ended, that was left pretty unresolved. But the story was moving and kept me wanting to read more. I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program. (less)
I have a 6 year old daughter and this was really a cute, fun book to read to her. A little boy named Sheldon and his mama are off to the zoo for the d...moreI have a 6 year old daughter and this was really a cute, fun book to read to her. A little boy named Sheldon and his mama are off to the zoo for the day. The spend the day observing different animals while Sheldon contemplates studying that animal when he gets older. The repetition of the questions along with the responses and mimicking of the animal moves was very age appropriate for young children. My daughter was engaged in the story and I enjoyed reading it to her. I did think that occasionally the vocabulary was a bit excessive, especially as this book is geared for younger children. I think it could have been a few less sentences on each page. My daughter kept asking if Sheldon was a girl. With his longer hair and big eyes, he looked a bit feminine and I think she was distracted by that. But overall a cute book to read with a appropriates subject matter. All kids love animals and I am sure this will be a nice book to read to them. I received a complimentary copy from the Goodreads giveaway program.(less)