It covers a sad period in Tiffin's history -- the Great Flood of 1913! This book means a lot because my grandmother and otheI LOVED reading this book!
It covers a sad period in Tiffin's history -- the Great Flood of 1913! This book means a lot because my grandmother and other family currently live in and around Tiffin. Even though the author included a couple of maps, it helps a lot if you know the streets and where they are located. I knew some and ended up looking at Google maps (more than once) to figure out where things were occurring....more
I borrowed this book from my library two weeks ago and that sat on it, until today, the date that it is due. Part of me really wanted to read this, buI borrowed this book from my library two weeks ago and that sat on it, until today, the date that it is due. Part of me really wanted to read this, but the other part of me didn't.
You see, this is the LAST book in the Rose Harbor series! Although Macomber did a fabulous job with this book, it is still the LAST one!
The whole series revolves around the proprietor of the Inn at Rose Harbor and her varied guests -- different people show up in each book. Some reappear again later ... During the course of the series, Jo Marie (who is a widow -- her husband was killed in Afghanistan 3 months after they were married) develops a relationship with her gruff, hard-headed handyman, who it turns out is not who he seems.
Their story, along with a few others, and Nick & Emily's culminate in this book. (less) ...more
I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in college football, especially with relation to Duke and Oregon StatI absolutely LOVED this book!
I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in college football, especially with relation to Duke and Oregon State Universities, and World War II.
This story has the flavor of "Boys in the Boat", but this story is about the boys who played in the 1942 Rose Bowl, which took place on New Year's Day, just a few short weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a place that most people had never heard of.
Because of the fear of the Japanese possibly bombing the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, this game (and the only one in history) was played outside of the Rose Bowl. After many suggestions and much consideration, it was decided that this game would be held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. What made this extraordinary is that this gave Duke "home field" advantage over Oregon State University.
As the players and coaches (who we get to know well throughout the course of this book) prepared to do battle on the field, America was preparing for war, and it was difficult for these participants not to think of what was going on beyond the gridiron. There is a side story about Oregon State player Jack Yoshihara and his experience as a Japanese-American during World War II that will absolutely break your hear.
Finally, on New Year's Day, the two teams clashed in front of a crowd of 56,000 (they had to bring bleachers in from other schools), playing one of the most unforgettable games in history (you'll have to read the book to find out what happened, but you should also read the book to see the type of welcome .
Shortly afterward, most of the players and coaches (including Wallace Wade, Sr, Duke's Head Coach) entered the military and quickly became brothers on the battlefield -- literally!
The rest of the book takes us through each of their stories. These boys fought at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Porkchop Hill, the Argonne Forest, Iwo Jima, and other hot areas during World War II. Some survived the war, one was taken as Prisoner of War, while others paid the ultimate price. We learn what happened during the good, as well as the bad.
Some interesting quotes and information:
"I know nothing that is a better preparation for a young man who is going into the army than football. The greatest benefit that football gives to a young man is that it teaches him to be a competitor, to never give up, to get back up after you're knocked down. Success in both football and war depends on morale, loyalty, and sound fundamentals." -- Wallace Wade Sr. Head Football Coach, Duke University
"There are no great men, just great challenges which ordinary men, out of necessity, are forced by circumstance to meet." -- Admiral William Halsey Jr., United States Navy
In mid-September 1943, Oregon State, Washington State, and Idaho canceled their football seasons, joining Oregon, which had just done the same a month earlier.
I loved the story that tied Frank Parker (Oregon State) and Charles Haynes (Duke) together during the war!
At the end of the book are brief bios (including what happened to them after the war) of each of the "key players." On a most interesting note, Wallace Wade Sr. eventually became commissioner of the Southern Conference, which Duke and other schools were a part of until they left (in 1953) to form the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Wade Sr. (because Wade Jr. is also in this book) was eventually honored for his years of service to Duke (first as its Head Football Coach and later as its Athletic Director) that, in 1967, they renamed their football stadium in his honor. Today, this stadium still bears his name -- Wallace Wade Stadium.
Didn't really intend to, but ended up reading this book in one sitting!
It was really very interesting! Anna has a rare book that she is selling to a vDidn't really intend to, but ended up reading this book in one sitting!
It was really very interesting! Anna has a rare book that she is selling to a vampire in Half-Moon Hollow. She is on her way (via plane) when the pilot tries to steal the book from her. When he fails, he jumps out of the plane (with a parachute), leaving her and another passenger, who happens to be a vampire named Finn, to fend for themselves.
They do eventually "escape" the doomed plane, but then it is a race to keep the book safe and eventually get it into the right hands. Along the way, we run into other paranormal creatures -- shape-shifters, werewolves, etc....more
Nobody told me I was going to need Kleenex to read this story!
This story is about two polar bears who live together in New York City's Central Park ZoNobody told me I was going to need Kleenex to read this story!
This story is about two polar bears who live together in New York City's Central Park Zoo. One day, Ida gets very sick. They know she is going to die, but we see the relationship between the bears and how it develops after Ida gets sick. Towards the end of the story, Ida dies and we see how Gus survives without her.
This story, although fictionalized, is based on a true story.
It also reminds me of another true life story about a lion, tiger, and bear at Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Georgia. Recently, Leo Lion passed away, and now his tiger and bear brothers are going on without him....more
This was a great debut and kick-off to a series about a woman, Peg, who sees ghosts, and the ghosts that she sees are most intriguing!
Peg is going thrThis was a great debut and kick-off to a series about a woman, Peg, who sees ghosts, and the ghosts that she sees are most intriguing!
Peg is going through the change, but things really change one night when the ghosts of her dead grandmother and spirit guide appear in her bedroom. They want her to help "clean up the area," and to do start to do this, she needs to solve a crime -- a murder that occurred a number of years ago, but was never solved.
During the course of the story, there are more ghosts -- a couple want Peg to help solve their murder, while some other ghosts are "here" to help her investigate. Peg's husband, Andy, as well as the local police chief are also their to lend support and help in any way they can.
I know the story sounds far-fetched, but it is so well-written that if the author, Sue Hawley, had thrown little green men into this story, I probably would have believed her.
Anyways, check out this new author and for people living in NE Ohio, this story is set in Bath (as that is where this author is from).
I'm looking forward to the next book in this series!...more
Also, for anyone who reads / listens to Catherine's Coulters Sherlock / Savich series, I was pleasantly surprised to find thatThis was a great listen!
Also, for anyone who reads / listens to Catherine's Coulters Sherlock / Savich series, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the inevitably predictable relationship that develops was not all that predictable.
Two stories running simultaneously -- one for Sherlock & Savich that has to do with an old friend. The other in California and Cam(ilia) is the star of this show with support from Sheriff's Detective, Daniel Montoya and Police Detective Arturo Loomis -- they are investigating a serial murderer taking out aspiring actresses. ...more
A good story. This time the children of the evil "Disney" characters are trying to do good and stop their parents from doing bad. This series is gettiA good story. This time the children of the evil "Disney" characters are trying to do good and stop their parents from doing bad. This series is getting more interesting. ...more
Brilliantly written and illustrated (I loved the sun peeking around the wall), this story (based on a true story) showcases everything positive that cBrilliantly written and illustrated (I loved the sun peeking around the wall), this story (based on a true story) showcases everything positive that can occur when people in a community come together to create something beautiful. There is even a positive interaction between a police officer and a little girl! Just when it looks like she is about to get in trouble, the officer ...
You'll have to read the book to see what happens!...more
Agnese Baruzzi, a wonderful author / illustrator, used a lot of imagination to create these special monsters and their "prey." The poems used to illusAgnese Baruzzi, a wonderful author / illustrator, used a lot of imagination to create these special monsters and their "prey." The poems used to illustrate her point are often hilarious!
This is a great concept book that makes learning to count, fun!...more