Book Review: The Summer’s End by Mary Alice Monroe

Special note: That is the author’s daughter on the cover. Publisher: Gallery Books, 2015 As I said the other day, I love to pick a book each year that epitomizes my feelings about the end of summer. You know the feeling – the one where you’re sad that summer is over, but you’re excited about […]

A Summer Reading Classic: Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher

For years my summer reading always included a novel by Rosamunde Pilcher. Her character-rich stories always took me off to the English countryside to meet interesting people who would soon become my friends. Now that the author is no longer writing, I decided to go back and re-read one of my favorites. Coming Home is […]

Book Review: The Graveyard Book

. Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins, 2008 Genre: Children/Middlegrade Format: Audiobook Narrated by the author Awards: Newberry Medel Winner 2009 I’m on a course to read all of the Newberry Medal winners that I missed over the last couple of busy decades. I must tell you that I put off reading this book earlier because, when […]

Book Review: The Godforsaken Daughter

Author: Christina McKenna Publisher: Lake Union Publishing, March 17, 2015 Genre: Literary Fiction I agreed to read and participate in the TLC Book Tour for this book as I was reading Maeve Binchy’s A Week In Winter. I loved the whole feel of Ireland and the rural Irish people I met in that novel. I […]

2015 Award Winner: The Crossover

Author: Kwame Alexander Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 Genre: Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 9 to 12) Award: Newbery Medal Winner for 2015 Twelve-year-old twins Josh and J.B. not only love the game of basketball, they’re very good players. They come by it naturally as their father was a championship-level, professional player. Dad and mom, a […]

Book Review: A Week in Winter

. Author: Maeve Binchy Publisher: Orion, 2012 Genre: Fiction Format: Audiobook, Narrated by Rosalyn Landor I feel as if I’ve just had a week’s vacation in Ireland. I spent a week listening to the lilting voice of Rosalyn Landor as she read Maeve Binchy’s last novel. I swear I saw the craggy landscape and smelled […]

Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia

Author: Kimberly McCreight Publisher: Harper 2013 Genre: Literature/Women’s Fiction Format: Audiobook Narrated by Khristine Hvam Kate is a junior partner in a big New York law firm. She is always under a lot of pressure and feels she must work long, long hours. Kate is also a single mom to Amelia, a smart, level-headed teenager. […]

Book Review: The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, August 2013 There is a whole army of readers who live for these historical-English-monarchy-style books. I’m not one of them. I don’t know why, I guess I just never got started. But, thanks to my book club friends, I can now say I have read one – The White Princess. I’m […]

Book Review: The Goldfinch

Author: Donna Tartt Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, October 2013 Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2014) Format: E-reader (Kindle) and Audiobook (Narrated by David Pittu) I’ll tell you right off the bat, I had trouble reading this book. Nearly everyone I know (online and off) told me I should read this book. So, of course, […]

Book Review: One Minus One

  Author: Ruth Doan MacDougal Publisher: Putnam, 1971 Format: Audiobook, Read by Amy McFadden (5hours, 34 minutes) One Minus One was a dip into the nostalgia pool. Back in the old days, magazines such as GoodHouekeeping, Redbook and Ladies Home Journal would run whole novels in the back of their magazines. I thought most of […]