Category Archives: General Fiction

Love and Heartache

His Name Was Ben
“His Name Was Ben”, by Paulette Mahurin is a tender, heart wrenching tale of love and friendship.  Sara is battling an aggressive form of breast cancer when she meets Ben in the waiting room of her oncologists office.  She is immediately drawn to him and surreptitiously gets his phone number.  She has just entered a clinical trial for a new treatment for her cancer and is hopeful it will work. Continue reading

Vibrant Historical Tale

“Midwife of Venice” by Roberta Rich is a vibrant tale of 16th century Venice and the trials and tribulations of a Jewish couple living in an era of Christian persecution. Hannah Levi is a much sought after mid-wife who created secret ‘birthing spoons’ to help reluctant babies to be born.  Her husband, Isaac, has been captured and enslaved in Malta.  When a Christian count requests her assistance with his wife’s protracted birth she agrees, even though she knows it is against the law, because she will earn enough to ransom her husband back.  Continue reading

Friendships & Healing

The Language of Sparrows
“The Language of Sparrows” by Rachel Phifer is an engaging story of teenage angst, miscommunication and family dynamics.  Sierra Wright is 15 years old and brilliant, especially in languages.  She seems unable to communicate in her own language to the people who matter and goes through life hiding from everyone. Continue reading

Family – For Better or Worse

This Is Where I Leave You
“This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper is a melancholy, sometimes humorous look at family angst and dysfunction.  Judd Foxmann’s father has died after a lengthy illness and his mother has gathered the family together to sit Shiva.  The siblings are all equally bewildered by this last request from their non-religious father. The Foxmann’s have not been together as a family for quite some time and now they will be forced to sit together in the same room for seven straight days. Continue reading

Falling in Love

Me Before You
“Me Before You”, by Jojo Moyes, is an outstanding story that left me with a book hangover.  I just wasn’t able to move on to my next book right away. Continue reading

Soaring Generations

“Wings” by Pete Abela, is a tale of a grandfather and grandson that share the joy of flying with each other.  Walt, the grandfather, is living in Lancashire, England at the start of World War II and is accepted into the R.A.F. as a pilot.  Scott, the grandson, lives in Australia and begins his pursuit of his pilot’s license at the age of 16. Continue reading

A Life of Hardship

Gap Creek
“Gap Creek” by Robert Morgan is the story of Julie Harmon and her husband, Hank, as they begin their married life in turn of the century Appalachia.  Before Julie married Hank, she did most of the heavy work on her family’s farm.  Her father had passed and it was left to the girls to run things.  When she marries Hank at the age of seventeen and moves to Gap Creek she quickly learns that there is no end in sight to the hard work. Continue reading

A Supernatural Mystery

The Winter People
Jennifer McMahon’s “The Winter People” is a definite page turner.  Sara Harrison Shea was found murdered in a field behind her home in 1908, mere months after the death of her young daughter.  Rumors around town say she still walks the streets and that the woods are a dangerous place to be. Continue reading

Secrets, Betrayals and Lies

The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty’s “The Husband’s Secret” is a sometimes humorous novel with a more serious underlying theme.  It will keep you turning pages to find out what happens next. Continue reading

A Southern Stunner

The All-Girl Filling Station Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg’s “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” is a delightful and engaging read.  It’s got mystery, humor and history all in one.  Flagg’s writing sparkles, as always. Continue reading