Just before he turned 4, Colton Burpo has an emergency appendectomy. In the months that follow, Colton starts letting little pieces of information droJust before he turned 4, Colton Burpo has an emergency appendectomy. In the months that follow, Colton starts letting little pieces of information drop about his time during the surgery when he was in Heaven. He saw angles, Jesus, and passed family members he had never met. Colton's father Todd retells the story leading up to the surgery and how Colton slowly reveals his time in Heaven....more
Living in King County, WA, Ann Rule's books hit close to home. I know the areas where these crimes have taken place. The first story in this novel, "BLiving in King County, WA, Ann Rule's books hit close to home. I know the areas where these crimes have taken place. The first story in this novel, "But I Trusted You" is the most recent of the crimes told in this novel. The other crimes were all committed in the mid-seventies. Even though the crimes took place long ago, it's still unnerving knowing there are still criminals out there, today, committing similar gruesome crimes. ...more
Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly is a free spirit who lives life in the moment. She comes across as naive and flirFour short stories in one novel
Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly is a free spirit who lives life in the moment. She comes across as naive and flirtatious yet is very calculating in the decisions she makes. Those who meet her become enamored by her charms yet Holly refuses to let anyone get too close to her, including her cat. In the end, Holly learns a little too late that she has grown to love and need those she has held at a distance.
House of Flowers Ottilie, a poor young girl, stumbles upon a brothel one day and makes herself at home. As the youngest woman on staff, she is immediately a favorite of the local patrons. One of the wealthy patrons had taken a fance to Ottilie and wants to marry her, yet she refuses. She finds herself in love with Royal, a young man struggling financially. In this tale, love conques all.
A Diamond Guitar In a prison in Mobile, Alabama, Mr. Schaeffer has been serving time. He has been in the prision for years and is somewhat respected by the other prisoners. One day Tico Feo is brought to the prison with his diamond guitar. Tico and Mr. Schaeffer become quick friends and form a strong bond. The two men plan an escape, yet only Tico manages to get out. In a turn of events, Mr. Schaeffer is congratulated for trying to capture Tico to prevent his escape.
A Chrismas Memory A young man, Buddy, recalls his Christmas memories, growing up poor yet very rich in his friendship with his distant cousin. She is 66, he is 7. The two of them have a strong bond and are best friends. Although Buddy is sent off to military school and doens't see much of his best friend for years, she remains an important figure in his life....more
Taylor Greer was born and raised in small-town Kentucky. As soon as she can, she buys herself a car and takes off to see where her future will lead heTaylor Greer was born and raised in small-town Kentucky. As soon as she can, she buys herself a car and takes off to see where her future will lead her. Along the way she "inherited" a toddler before ending up in Tuscon, Arizona. As she settles down in her new life and makes new friends, she learns the true meaning of friendship and discovers the things are most important to her.
In the nine-months we spend with Taylor, we see tremendous growth in her character. Starting with a young girl without any roots to a young woman with responsibilities and passion for those she cares most about, Taylor surprises herself by the lengths she will go to protect the ones she loves.
Conservatives vs. Liberals... a novel full of political angst. Scottie Winston, a lawyer representing Powder Peak, a local ski resort, is doing what hConservatives vs. Liberals... a novel full of political angst. Scottie Winston, a lawyer representing Powder Peak, a local ski resort, is doing what he can to insure more jobs are created in the Vermont ski industry. In order to create these new jobs, the ski resort will have to tear down trees for additional ski trails and will need to access the water from the river to make snow for those trails.
Reedy McClure, a state senator and leader of the COPPER project, is soon to marry Patience, Scottie's sister-in-law. The COPPER (Citizens Opposed to the Powder Peak Environmental Rape) project is bound and determined to not allow the river, which is already low due to the drought, to be used to make snow for the ski resort. In addition, the wildlife living on the mountain need the trees for shelter and shade, therefore they cannot be cut down.
In the middle of the political battle between the Tree Huggers and the Ski Resort, Scottie and Reedy must coexist. They are soon to be related through marriage in a family of dowsers. Patience is a well-known dowser, using her skills to find water veins for those digging wells. Miranda, Scottie's daughter, has been blessed with the gift of dowsing. Her aunt Patience is her teacher, teaching Miranda the finer points of dowsing.
Individuals start to questions their beliefs and/or become more rooting in their values. This is not a novel of winner and losers, but rather an internal struggle of doing what is right, facing the consequences, and becoming who you want rather that what others want you to be....more
Jack Kilvert is running. He's running from his past. He's running from his emotions. He's running from his reality.
Jack and his daughter Nell are speJack Kilvert is running. He's running from his past. He's running from his emotions. He's running from his reality.
Jack and his daughter Nell are spending their summer in Hubbard's Point, Connecticut. Jack is hiding in his childhood vacation spot. Nell is searching for her mother's oldest childhood friend who still lives in Hubbard's Point. In finding Stevie, Nell is trying to feel contected to her mother who died just over one year ago.
In this heart-felt novel there are no surprises. Love conquers all. By the end of the novel, all the story lines are wrapped up, topped with a bow, and everyone lives Happily Ever After....more
Alex Bartram, a medical student with a love for botany, is invited to take part in a field study during the summer of 1898 in Yellowstone National ParAlex Bartram, a medical student with a love for botany, is invited to take part in a field study during the summer of 1898 in Yellowstone National Park. Upon her arrival, it is realized a mistake has been made. Professor Merriam, the mild-mannered teacher from Bozeman, MT, had made the assumption that A.E.Batram is a male student. With great reservations he allows Alex to continue with the field study.
Completely told through letter the various characters have written during the course of the summer to friends, family, and colleagues, we learn of the progress of the field study. Through the course of the summer we watch Alex, who had previously spent her live under the watchful eye of her parents, professors, and rules of society, discover who she really is and the woman she wants to become. Professor Merriam is slowly transformed from a mild-mannered gentleman who is easily walked on by others to a leader who encourages his troop by encouraging their individual strengths. He also gains a deep respect for the work of Alex Batram, whom he first viewed as merely a woman and now sees as a detailed scientist.
I thought the letters home was the perfect way to tell the story of the field study. Since we were reading the personal thoughts of each character, we were able to see the story unfold from different points of view, often the same events told from different characters. With the field study taking place in the summer of 1898, when letter writing was the only way to communicate with others, especially those living at a distance, it made the story feel authentic. ...more
Jaycee Dugard... what a beautiful woman she has become.
For 18 years Jaycee was cut off from the outside world. Kidnapped at the age of 11, sufferingJaycee Dugard... what a beautiful woman she has become.
For 18 years Jaycee was cut off from the outside world. Kidnapped at the age of 11, suffering from verbal and sexual abuse, and scared for her own life, Jaycee did what she had to do in order to survive. She tried to keep her captors happy. She didn't complain when suffering the abuse. She let her captors believed she would do anything for them. She even gave birth to two daughters as a result of her sexual abuse.
At the age of 29, Jaycee was finally given the opportunity to tell someone who she was. Now, a year later, she tells her story of what it was like living with Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Jaycee is putting the pieces of her life back together. With the support of her counselor, family and close friends, Jaycee is starting to heal.
What I find the most amazing about Jaycee is her ability to look at the positive things in life. She doesn't hate Phillip and Nancy. She misses the childhood she could have had, but instead of looking at the past and living a life full of regrets, she is focused on the future and what she wants to do with her life. She is taking one day at a time, focusing the on the positive, and moving forward....more
I really wish I hadn't heard anything about this book before I had read it. Since I had heard it was the next best series since The Hunger Games triloI really wish I hadn't heard anything about this book before I had read it. Since I had heard it was the next best series since The Hunger Games trilogy, I had really high expectations. I know better than to have high expectations because I am then disappointed.
I enjoyed the book, I like Michael Vey, I think this is a great YA book as it touches on various aspects of being a teen (bullying, clicks, self-esteem, etc). What I didn't like is that this book feels like the first book in a series. A GREAT book is one that stands alone. A GREAT book leaves me wanting more yet there is closure to the events that unfolded in the story. This book doesn't start to pick up the pace until the end and leaves the door wide open for book two. As an author wanting to sell more books, this is a great ploy to get readers invested in the series and to keep selling books. As a reader, I feel that book one was a preview to get me excited for book two. I don't like the feeling of being set-up and it turns me off from further books. However, since my son LOVED this book and cannot wait to read the rest of the series, I'm sure book two will be in our house in the future and I'm sure I will need to read it to find out what the Electroclan is up to. ...more
I never thought I would really care about bass tournament fishing, but for the past week or so I was so very involved in Carl Hiaasen's fictious bassI never thought I would really care about bass tournament fishing, but for the past week or so I was so very involved in Carl Hiaasen's fictious bass tournaments that I almost thought I was a fisherman myself.
Very typical of his other books, Hiaasen has a strange cast of characters and a story line that deals with some kind of environmental topic that involves the Florida Everglades. In this novel we meet R. J. Decker, a former newspaper photographer turned private detective, who has been hired to take photos of cheating in action during the fishing tournaments. He quickly aligns himself with Skink, a strange man who eats road kill and is a lot smarter than he lets people believe he is. With their lives on the line the two men, along with the few people they can trust, devise a plan to call out the cheaters and save their own lives in the process. With twists and turns around every corner, Carl Hiaasen kept me guessing as to the outcome of this farce. ...more
Jack and Tony - the story of a friendship. Before reading this book, I didn't know all the much about Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. I knew they bothJack and Tony - the story of a friendship. Before reading this book, I didn't know all the much about Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. I knew they both starred in the television series The Odd Couple. I also knew Tony married a young woman late in his life and fathered two children when most people his age are enjoying visits from their grandchildren at the retirement community in which they live.
What strikes me the most about the two of these men is the genuine, no-strings-attached friendship they shared. It's the kind of friendship that everyone should experience. Having the best friend who would drop anything for you, even if you don't know you need your friend there.
Tony was there for Jack when he experienced throat cancer and was unable to talk. It was Tony who encouraged Jack to take up acting again after his surgery. Jack was there for Tony, especially at the end of his life. He stood in for Tony at the National Actors Theatre benefit and was there by Tony's side until nearly the end of his life. Even thought Tony has passed, their friendship lives on....more