Monthly Archives: April 2013

Finding Grace


“Grace”, by T. Greenwood, is a haunting and beautiful story about a family coming apart and finding each other again.  The Kennedy family is falling apart and they don’t know just how far they will fall.  Trevor is a thirteen year old loner who is ostracized and bullied by his classmates because of his size.  As the anger builds in him and threatens to boil over he finds solace in the camera his art teacher gives him. Trevor begins recording the images of his family and its spiral. Continue reading

Shaken by an Earthquake


Sally John’s “Heart Echoes” begins with a massive earthquake which shakes up the life of Teal, a successful lawyer and mother.  She witnesses the collapse of a freeway overpass and the sure deaths of those below.  As she deals with that trauma she must deal with trauma on the home front as well.  Her daughter Maiya, who is now 16, is demanding to know who her biological father is.  Teal never wanted to share this information. Her husband, River, who is devoted to her and Maiya both, thinks that she should reveal the bio-dad’s identity. Continue reading

Mid-Life Reinvention

free trade

I just finished reading the novel “Free Trade” by Judy Eby and have to say I really enjoyed it.  “Free Trade” is the story of Sandra, a wife to Dan, an airline pilot, and mother to Alex and Peter who have both left home for university.  With her nest empty and her job as a school administrator not providing her with the fulfillment she is seeking, Sandra decides to take a year’s leave of absence. Continue reading

A Story as Old as Time

the red tent

“The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant is the story of Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah.  Her story in the bible is but a brief, violent chapter in the book of Genesis.  Jacob’s twelve sons are much better known.  Particularly Joseph – of the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Continue reading