Stolen Youth

The Book Thief
“The Book Thief” my Markus Zusak was utterly captivating for me.  The story begins when Liesel Meminger is left in foster-care by her mother after the death of her brother.  It is 1939 Germany and Liesel’s father is missing and the family is on the run.  Liesel ends up in the care of the Hubermanns.  Mrs. Hubermann is abrasive and shrill; but Liesel finds a confidante in Mr. Hubermann.  Liesel is fascinated by books and when the opportunity presents itself she steals them. Continue reading

Voices for Change

The Invention of Wings
“The Invention of Wings”, by Sue Monk Kidd is based on real life abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimké.  The story spans several decades in pre-civil war Charleston, S.C.  The novel opens with Sarah receiving Handful, a negro slave, as a gift from her mother. Handful is to be Sarah’s personal slave.  Sarah is appalled and attempts to give her back or free her.  Her efforts are doomed to failure. 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

Getting Lost

The Lost
Sarah Beth Durst’s fantastical novel “The Lost” will keep you glued to the pages.  Durst has created a mystical town and filled it with strange people and objects. Continue reading

Tweeps to the Rescue!

The Great Twitter Adventure
Kathy Lynn Hall’s “The Great Twitter Adventure” is a fun, fast paced adventure about 5 ‘Tweeps’ who ban together to save the world from a conspiracy to devalue the euro. 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

Romance in the Tropics

Silver Linings
“Silver Linings”, by Kate James, is so much more than just another romance story.  It has a depth and emotion to it that kept me glued to my chair long past when I should have been in bed, just so I could finish it. 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

Conspiracy Thriller

“Sedition”, a political thriller by Tom Abrahams, is a gripping tale of conspiracy and intrigue. The United States is in the grip of a constitutional crisis when the President dies of an aneurism while there is not a sworn Vice President.  The order of succession is under attack on all sides.  Into this political soup enter the Daturans, a group of 6 who broke off from the Tea Party and want to affect change in Washington.  With the crisis under way they plot to make the succession issue a non-issue. Continue reading

An Army on the Run

Army of Worn Soles
“Army of Worn Soles”, by Scott Bury is a memoir written in a fictional style of Bury’s own father-in-law’s experience in the Russian army.  Maurice Bury, a Canadian citizen, was living in the part of Ukraine controlled by Poland when Germany invaded in 1939.  The USSR took control of the area that Maurice was living and in 1941 he was conscripted into the Russian army. Continue reading