Saturday, May 18, 2019

Things You Won't Say by Sarah Pekkanen

Things You Won't Say
Jamie's husband Mike is a policeman.  After his partner is shot and severely injured in front of him, Mike isn't the same.  This is the story of a police shooting from the side of the policeman's family.  As they struggle through the aftermath and search for the truth, will their marriage survive?  This is an excellent story. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Magician's Dream An Oona Crate Mystery by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

The Magician's Dream (Oona Crate Mystery, #3)
This is the third book in a series.  I haven't read the first two, but this book stands fine on it's own.  It is a fun middle grade fantasy mystery in which Oona, a magician in training tries to solve the mystery of a theft from the museum and tries to find her father's murderer.  Oona has learned about women's rights and wants to help elect a woman to office.  She also likes a boy and is going through magician testing.  I think that middle grade kids will enjoy this cute book.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

The World That We Knew
Such a wonderful book!  Alice Hoffman's wonderful magical realism is set in WWII as a young Jewish girl's mother conspires to create a golem to keep her daughter safe through the war.  We follow Lea and Ava's journey along with the journeys of others as they fight to survive the evil that was the Holocaust.  It saddened me to read about the Jewish refugees turned away and the way that the newspapers called the Jewish people animals during that time because I see that happening now, in the US in some stories about immigrants.  "That was how evil spoke.  It made its own corrupt sense; it swore that the good were evil and that evil had come to save mankind."  I hope that history is not repeating itself again.  I am sure that many people will enjoy this story.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

This is one of those books that I was sad to finish because it was such a fun read.  It is a feel good book.  Magical realism and a bit of romance abound in this book about Grace, who moves to Dove Pond to care for her niece, Daisy and her foster mother after her sister passes away.  Mama G., Grace's foster mom who raised Grace and her sister, Hannah, has altzheimer's and is declining quickly.  Daisy, Grace's 8 year old niece, is sullen and Grace is overwhelmed.  Her neighbors, Sarah Dove, who hears books talk to her and Trav, along with the other townspeople help Grace as much as she helps the town. 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
I totally found this book to be fascinating and surprisingly well written.  James Comey tells his life story, about his career in the legal system and how he came to be Director of the FBI and later, to be fired from that position by Donald Trump.  I learned a lot from this book about the American legal system, about the FBI, and about James Comey and his relationships with and thoughts about presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. (Spoiler, he respects Obama the most.) I highly recommend this book to  everyone.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump by Andrew G. McCabe

The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump
This book is a must read!  It is fascinating and rather alarming.  McCabe tells about his two decade career in the FBI, how the FBI constantly learned and changed it's methods over the years, about his involvement in high profile cases like the Boston marathon bombing and how Trump has behaved in office.  After reading this book, I have a higher regard for the FBI and the work that they do.  I hope that intelligent and dedicated people continue to join and work for the FBI because we need them and the work that they do to protect the country. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Still Life by Christa Parish

Still Life
This Christian fiction novel alternates between two women, Ada and Katherine.  Katherine had given up her plane seat on a full flight to Julian Goetz, a Nobel Prize winning photographer because he wanted to get home for his wife, Ada's birthday, and Katherine wanted to stay another night with the man she was having an affair with.  Then, the plane wrecked and eventually the two women meet.  We see the events in their lives leading up to and after the plane wreck.  Ada had lived in a backwoods Christian cult until Julian photographed her and then came back for her because God told her to marry her. The book is heavily Christian and fans of Christian fiction should enjoy it.