Sunday, January 31, 2021

Review: Girl Waits with Gun

Girl Waits with Gun Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in this series. It is a fictional account based on the real life adventures of Constance Kopp.

This first story introduces us to Constance and her sisters and brother. Their mother has recently passed away and they have not seen their father for many years. They are struggling to keep their farm going and to remain independent as their brother feels his responsibility and wants the girls to come and live with his family in town.

I am looking forward to reading further into this very interesting character's life and adventures.

An excellent read. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Review: The Water Keeper

The Water Keeper The Water Keeper by Charles Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This description is copied. It says it all. An excellent read.

Murphy Shepherd is a man with many secrets. He lives alone on an island, tending the grounds for a church with no parishioners, and he’s dedicated his life to rescuing those in peril, mainly young girls who have been kidnapped and sold to rich people. But as he mourns the loss of his mentor and friend, Murph himself may be more lost than he realizes.

When he pulls a beautiful woman named Summer out of Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, Murph’s mission to lay his mentor to rest at the end of the world takes a dangerous turn. Drawn to Summer, and desperate to find her missing daughter, Murph is pulled deeper and deeper into the dark and dangerous world of modern-day slavery.

With help from some unexpected new friends, including a faithful Labrador he plucks from the ocean and an ex-convict named Clay, Murph must race against the clock to locate the girl before he is consumed by the secrets of his past—and the ghosts who tried to bury them.

With Martin's trademark lyricism and poignant prose, The Water Keeper is at once a tender love story a heartrending search for freedom, and a reminder that the needs of the one outweigh those of the ninety-nine.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Review: Dear Rosie Hughes

Dear Rosie Hughes Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this epistolary. Rosie is in the meteorology field and accepts an assignment in Araq. Here she becomes close friends with a doctor, Gethyn, and together they manage to survive their tour. Helping them, or even the best help, is their email correspondence with Rosie's estranged best friend Agatha Braithwaite who is a ghost writer who is living through a dry writing spell.

Looking forward to reading more from this author.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Review: The Push

The Push The Push by Ashley Audrain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A terrific story and great first novel.

A new mom has a bit of trouble adjusting to motherhood with her baby daughter. Unfortunately this feeling lasts for a very long time, the feeling that something is just not quite right with the little girl. Eventually a baby boy also comes into their family and it should be complete. But Blythe just feels that something is not right with her daughter, Violet.


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Review: The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent read, some true, some fiction. Ms. Donoghue was in the midst of writing this book in 2018 when it was 100 years since the pandemic, when we were hit with this corona virus pandemic and the book was rushed into publication. 

The research on this topic was excellent and there was Dr. Lyn who actually lived during this time. The story part of the book is extremely hard to read about birth and how primitive it was even in 1918. The pandemic was similar to what we are living through here at this time. Some people had it very mildly while other died within a couple of days.

Its the type of story that you want to continue to find out "what happens next".

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Review: Cuba beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana

Cuba beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana Cuba beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana by Karen Dubinsky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Havana is Cuba’s soul: a mix of Third World, First World, and Other World. After over a decade of visits as a teacher, researcher, and friend, Karen Dubinsky looks past political slogans and tourist postcards to the streets, neighbourhoods, and personalities of a complicated and contradictory city. Her affectionate, humorous vignettes illustrate how Havana’s residents—old Communist ladies, their sceptical offspring, musicians, underground vendors, entrepreneurial landlords, and poverty-stricken professors—go about their daily lives.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Review: The Secret Life of Mac

The Secret Life of Mac The Secret Life of Mac by Melinda Metz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Super cute, light read told partly from the perspective of the cat! If you’re a cat owner you will find parts of this hilarious! It was a fairly predictable romance, but a perfect read on a snowy afternoon.

Review: The Alice Network

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn My rating: 5 of 5 stars In an enthralling new historical novel from nati...