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Book Reviews


light!

Posted on: February 6th, 2013

The Light Between OceansThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ahhhhhhhhhh. What a great book. Hope, tension….I was totally drawn in and couldn’t put it down. It was tight and painted a wonderful picture of lighthouse living.

I have been reading and reading and not writing or even keeping track of what I was reading but this book pulled me back to Goodreads because I wanted to recommend it to everyone.

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Not too Bossy

Posted on: November 7th, 2012

BossypantsBossypants by Tina Fey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I expected this to be a light and funny memoir. It was light but had some surprising insights into feminism, working mom, femaile writers and comedians and into impersonating politicians. I watch VERY little television so the only way I knew Tina Fey was through her impersonation of Sarah Palin replayed on Youtube. Now I would like to see some of her work. A very good read.

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Dark

Posted on: November 7th, 2012

Dark Of The Moon (Virgil Flowers, #1)Dark Of The Moon by John Sandford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Solid Sandford mystery. Virgil Flowers travels to Blustem to help Jim Stryker solve a murder. On the way he comes upon an arson and murder and several other people are murdered while he is on the case. Of course there are drugs, romantic interests, hidden identities, womanizers, and ambition all rolled into the multitude of characters. A good read.

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Time!

Posted on: November 3rd, 2012

The Time KeeperThe Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting poignent fable about time, this is the story of three people who try and manipulate time. Dor, is the inventor of time,aka Father Time, Sarah Lemon wants to shorten her lonely life and Victor wants to live beyond his years.

Their stories are told succintly and in a style that brings the reader and the character together to understand the importance of living in the moment. Insight: Each grain of sand in the hour glass of time is a moment to live.

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dancing in the storm

Posted on: November 3rd, 2012

Salt DancersSalt Dancers by Ursula Hegi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hegi develops characters and lets them think and grow and change. Julia goes home after abandoning her family 23 years earlier. Now she is pregnant herself and she wants to understand what happened to her as a child; why her mother left; why her father who taught her the salt dance also beat her. It is a painful and redemptive and complex story.

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Before the storm

Posted on: November 3rd, 2012

Delusion in Death (In Death, #35)Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Delusion in Death

I so enjoy this mystery series. It has romance, suspense and thriller elements. In this newest novel in the installment, Eve Dallas and husband Roark confront a serial killer who uses a chemical alteration of LSD to incite people to hallucinate and kill o0ne another. Dallas and Roark trace the source of the chemicals formula and liuttle by little Dallas uncovers her own past. A good read.

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Still stormy….

Posted on: November 3rd, 2012

The Sentry (Elvis Cole, #12, Joe Pike, #3)The Sentry by Robert Crais
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Sentry,

Running out of things to read in this hurricane aftermath rebuilding, I picked up The Sentry by R. Crais. A suspenseful, but violent, tale featuring Joe Pike and Elvis Cole as they seek to protect two people, Dru Rayne and her uncle Wilson. But nothing is as it seems and there are many twists and turns right up to the very end. The story involves drugs, gangs, money and fbi agents. It was a page turner which was what I needed to pass the time, but really nothing special.

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It was a dark and stormy night…..

Posted on: November 3rd, 2012

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in HistoryIsaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While sitting in Coney Island during Hurricane Sandy, I read Isaac’s Storm by the light of a candle.. The flickering light and the howling 75 mph winds added an incredible sense of reality to the story of the Galveston Hurricane of Sept. 9, 1900. It was also a story of the beginning of the U.S. Weather Bureau and the early science of forecasting weather.

I was taken by the sense of “optimism” facing the hurricane. It was impossible for many to believe a hurricane would hit Galveston; there was a sense that Galveston was safe from a severe storm because of its technology and geography. Even after, the winds began and the ocean began to rise, people did not leave their homes. And the same was true over a hundred years later in Coney Island. People could not believe the hurricane would really hit even though the forecasters had made great advances. People not only did not evacuate, they went down to the beach to watch the great waves come in. Fear increased with the wind speeds and the loss of electricity. It was estimated that more than 6000 people died in Galveston; thankfully Hurricane Sandy left less than 50 dead in New York City. Yet the devastation and catastrophic damage was more severe.

Isaac’s Storm is an excellent read, suspenseful and historically insightful. I better understood the way a hurricane operates and why it is to e feared.

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Caleb’s Crossing

Posted on: October 19th, 2012

Caleb's CrossingCaleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In 1665, Bethia is raised in a family that has an open mind and heart to the Wapanoag Indians that live on Nantucket Island. Her father takes in two young boys and prepares them with his son for a Harvard education. This is the piece of history that forms the nugget of Brooks’ story. She fills out the characters of Bethia, who cannot be formally educated because she is a girl, Makepiece, her brother who struggles with academics and two young men from the local tribe who learn latin, Greek and the ways of Educated gentlemen. A good story of the intertwining of their lives.

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A Texas tale

Posted on: October 19th, 2012

TumbleweedsTumbleweeds by Leila Meacham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great story! A priest, a quarterback and a girl who serves hamburgers. The bond they formed and the love they shared lasted from their teens through tragedy and to forever. Set in a Texas town with a passion for football,the story has drama and character.

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