Saturday, July 14, 2018

Glimpse by Jonathan Maberry

In this paranormal mystery/horror novel, the main character, Rain, is a recovering drug addict who has been plagued by nightmares about the child that she gave up for adoption when she was 15.  As the story begins, she awakens only to later find that she has lost an entire day.  She and her recovering addict friends find that they are having nightmares about the same place and they set out to find out what is going on in order to try to save themselves and possibly the world from their nightmares. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips

The Darkest Child
Devastatingly sad, this is a haunting tale of Tangy Mae, one of 10 children whose mother is insane. When the story begins, Tangy is 13 years old and her mother claims to be dying, although in reality, she is in labor.  Tangy and her siblings live in abject poverty in the late 1950s in Georgia in a tumble down shack with no electricity.  When each daughter is old enough, or not, their mother forces them to join her in the oldest profession.  Tangy is the smartest of the siblings and the only one with the desire and opportunity to graduate from high school. The book is well-written, raw, sad and makes you think. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Murder She Knit by Peggy Ehrhart

Murder, She Knit (A Knit & Nibble Mystery #1)
When Pamela finds her friend Amy dead in the bushes with a knitting needle through her heart, she begins looking at clues to find out who killed her. The story is a fun to read mystery with knitting instructions and a recipe at the end of the book!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Flat Broke With Two Goats : A Memoir by Jennifer McGaha

Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir

After falling into financial ruin due to her accountant husband not paying taxes, Jennifer and her husband, David wind up living in a falling down cabin in the mountains, raising chickens and goats, a far cry from their old suburban lifestyle.  Jennifer teaches writing at colleges and her book shows that she is a writing teacher using lots of description in her writing.  I listened to the audio version which was well done.  It is an interesting story, although they had more than two goats.

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Weight Of Lies by Emily Carpenter

Meg Ashley, poor little rich girl who grew up ignored by her rich and famous author mother, finally has the chance at revenge.  She has been asked to write a tell all memoir about her mother.  In order to do so, she must visit the island on which her mother's famous book is based.  What is the true story behind her mother's famous murder mystery, Kitten?  Who really killed the child?  What is her mother hiding?  Did members of the Kitty Cult stumble upon the truth?  Will Meg be able to find out the truth and survive it?  This is a fun mystery suspense novel and I enjoyed it very much.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

It's Ok That You're Not Ok: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand by Megan Devine

It's Ok That You're Not Ok: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand
"Grief changes you.  Who you become remains to be seen.  You do not need to leave your grief behind you in order to live a newly beautiful life.  It's part of you.  Our aim is integration, not obliteration."
It has been a little over two and a half months since my husband passed away from cancer.  He had been diagnosed with cancer two and a half months before that and we had been told to prepare for the end.  I thought that I understood death.  My mother and my grandparents passed away when I was in high school and my father passed away eighteen years ago.  We knew that my husband was dying.  But, I was not prepared for this loss.  At all.  It was, and is much worse than anything I have ever experienced or could have anticipated.  I have found this book to be very helpful in dealing with my own grief and with how other people deal with me.  I think it is a wonderful book both for people who have lost someone and for other people to learn how to treat those of us who are going through the grieving process.  I got this book through an inter-library loan and requested that my library purchase their own copy so that others here may benefit from it. I may even purchase a copy for myself because I want to go back and reread parts of it.  I highly recommend this book. 

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

The Water Cure
This book tells the story of three sisters; Grace, Lia, and Sky.  They have been raised by their parents, King and Mother, apart from the rest of society, which their parents have told them is damaged and damaging.  Their parents force them to do all sorts of self-destructive rituals, which they say are good for them and they also drug them.  The story is unclear about what really is happening in the rest of the world.  Their father, King, has died, three men wash up on the shore, and soon afterwards their mother disappears and the three girls are left to deal with the men on their own.  Part dystopian novel and part psychological thriller, this novel tells a unique story.