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My One Hundred Adventures (My One Hundred Adventures #1)
I will give this book three stars solely on the basis of Chapter One, "Summer Begins." "Like the silvery lace curtains of my bedroom being drawn from...more
Jan 16, 2009
Nov 06, 2008
A Rare Benedictine (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, prequel stories 0.1-0.3)
Just a collection of Brother Cadfael stories--mini-mysteries. The best was the story of how the soldier Cadfael,returning from the Crusades, decided t...more
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 30, 2010
The Divine Romance
The author examines the dangerous things women do to obtain the fleeting feeling of being loved. Instead of finding true romance in a steamy novel, tr...more
Nov 29, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
Breathe: A Novel of Colorado (The Homeward Trilogy, #1)
A stay at a TB sanatorium in old Colorado was the most interesting part of this book. I like a historical novel with well-researched detail! However,...more
Apr 15, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
An Excellent Mystery (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #11)
Not exactly a murder mystery--more like a missing person story. No surprises: As it turns out, the true "mystery" is that "excellent mystery" known as...more
Aug 30, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
The Conch Bearer
You will recognize this plot: a mysterious old man selects a youngster for the dangerous task of bearing an ancient artifact of power to a place of sa...more
Jul 02, 2010
Jul 02, 2010
The Last Lecture
Another book that I was so eager to receive, but just a little disappointed with. And what's worse, being disappointed makes me feel guilty. And I do...more
Aug 27, 2008
Jun 12, 2008
The Hermit of Eyton Forest (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #14)
Rather disjointed and confusing. The marriage between the political intrigue and the human interest story was not very smooth.
Jun 02, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
Fog Magic
Fog Magic was a Newbery Honor book in 1943. It is a time-travel story with a mysterious mood but little plot hook. The girl Greta goes back and forth...more
Dec 2007
Dec 14, 2007
Angel on the Square (Angel on the Square, #1)
Historical fiction for the tween who is interested in the missing Russian princess Anastasia or the Russian Revolution.
Jun 03, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
A Measure of Mercy (Home to Blessing, #1)
Be warned: this is part of a new Red River series so there is no resolution at all. Disappointing for that reason.
Nov 16, 2009
Nov 17, 2009
The Eyes of the Amaryllis
By Natalie Babbitt, the author of Tuck Everlasting, this is a well-written story of haunting beauty.
Oct 21, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
Moccasin Trail
A Newbery Honor book from 1952--and well worth the reread. The fascination is in the clash of two cultures when the pioneer boy who was raised by Crow...more
not set
Jun 07, 2008
From a Distance (Timber Ridge Reflections, #1)
A cut above some of the other Christian historical romances. Good historical detail.
Jun 02, 2009
Jun 05, 2009
Bella at Midnight
A charming young adult novel that emerges, as it unfolds, as a retelling of Cinderella.
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 23, 2010
Sunlight and Shadow: A Retelling of "The Magic Flute" (Once Upon a Time Fairytales)
This book is misplaced in the "Once Upon a Time" series. Dokey should begin a series called "Great Operas Retold". Not knowing the story of the Magic...more
Jan 2008
Jan 24, 2008
Escape Across the Wide Sea
Having Huguenot refugees in my family tree, I decided to pick up this little children's book about a French family which emigrates to the New World af...more
Jul 30, 2008
Jul 30, 2008
Monk's Hood (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #3)
Wise Brother Cadfael knows how to set a trap to gauge the guilt or innocence of a suspect.
May 04, 2010
May 03, 2010
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
An introduction to Christian spirituality that is like enjoying a jazz master improvising on the saxophone. The author appeals to the heart, not the l...more
May 30, 2008
May 12, 2008
Till We Have Faces
C.S. Lewis said that he had originally thought to write a poem to recast the Greek myth of Psyche and Eros from the viewpoint of the jealous sisters....more
Feb 2008
Feb 13, 2008
Librarian on the Roof! A True Story
I love a book where the hero is a librarian.
Sep 03, 2010
Sep 03, 2010
Mrs. Tim Christie
Amusing semi-autobiographical diary of an officer's wife in the British Regiment, during the period of time between the World Wars. Much dry humor hid...more
not set
Jun 12, 2008
Plucked off the shelf as I looked for a good juvenile read, this turned out to be amazingly good! A girl with the gift of remembering well, and a boy...more
Oct 03, 2008
Oct 02, 2008
Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles, #4)
The book becomes darker as the Gregor wrestles with the purpose of war. Sometimes, it appears, a war to save innocent lives is a just war. However, he...more
Apr 17, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
The Riddle (The Books of Pellinor, #2)
I've been waiting for something really unique about this series to grab me. I'm finally intrigued by the "split song" and the runes on the harp. There...more
Nov 2007
Nov 09, 2007
The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians
Too cute! The young boy is helped throughout his school career by the librarians at his local library. Hurray librarians! I love to see the librarian...more
not set
Nov 29, 2007
Golden: A Retelling of "Rapunzel"
I'll bet you think that Rapunzel had long golden hair and was enslaved by a wicked witch. But in this version, Rapunzel is as bald as an egg and the v...more
Jan 2008
Jan 16, 2008
Follow the River
An adult version of the "white child lives with Indians" genre, far more gritty and painful. I'm glad I stuck with the book past the scenes of violenc...more
Oct 17, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
Henri Nouwen: Writings Selected with an Introduction
This author was recommended by a pastor I respect. I tried really hard but could not get into most of the collection of readings. I did enjoy the biog...more
Mar 10, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
The Confession of Brother Haluin (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #15)
Happened to pick this up--have now been hooked by Brother Cadfael.
Nov 02, 2009
Oct 26, 2009