Love You More

From Marie K. Schulken
author: Gardner, Lisa
Love You More
 This book was very good, even better than anticipated.  Lots of twists and turns … a definite thriller with much suspense throughout the story.  You had no way of knowing how it would end and it definitely kept your interest.

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

From Rebecca Segers
author: McCall Smith, Alexander
 The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
This is the 12th in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series and it delivers the same charm and warmth of the previous 11.  In “The Saturday Big Tent Wedding,” Mma Ramotswe handles many different issues, the largest of which is a for a man who owns a ranch outside of town and has had two of his cattle attacked.  As she deals with that major issue, she also handles several smaller ones: her husband’s apprentice Charlie’s presumed fatherhood, the sighting of her beloved little white van that was supposedly put out to pasture, the temptress Violet Sephothos’s run for the Botswana Parliament and the impending wedding of her assistant Grace Makutsi.  As usual, all is resolved with a helping of wit, a dollop of good sense and a hefty dose of love for Africa and especially Botswana.

The Gift, A Hanukkah Story

From Shari Brunning
author: Brodmann, Aliana
The Gift, A Hanukkah Story
I was cleaning out untouched books and almost gave this one away, but the illustrations caught my eye and I started to read. Little girl decides best to drop her five-mark piece in a homeless musician’s hat after hearing his music (in the season of giving) rather than spend it on a fountain pen or a new doll was my take. Author wonderfully explains further that opposite people find common ground in the magic of music and the sharing of each other’s gifts; Germany 1950’s.

One Summer

From Paulette Aspesi
author: Baldacci, David
One Summer
Jack is terminally ill but then his wife is killed in a car accident. After being separated from his kids he decides to pull the plug on himself, but finds that he does not die and what has happened is a miracle with him being free of his cancer. He takes back his kids, but his mother-in-law fights him for them. In the end he wins. He even finds love with a local diner owner.  This book is not up to his standards. Too contrived and unbelievable.
Characterizations,however, were good.

Rice, Men and Barbed Wire

From Marie K. Schulken
author: Bocksel, Arnold A.
 Rice, Men and Barbed Wire
The Author of this book recently passed away, however, he was a member of our Beach Community out in Mattituck.  After reading this wonderful book, I wish I had taken the opportunity to get to know him.  He survived the Bataan Death March and spent more than three years as a Prisoner of War.  He was given the Bronze Heart and the Purple Heart, among other citations, he was a Real hero.

Playing for Pizza

From Tony Chan
author: Grisham, John
Playing for Pizza
After losing the playoff game for the Cleveland Browns against the Denver Broncos by throwing interceptions with 11 minutes left in the game, the
wash-up back-up quarterback, Rick Dockery, left for Italy to play for the Parma Panthers in the Italian Football league.  Most of the book is about how Rick adapted to the Italian culture and winning or losing football games.  Eventually, he led the Parma Panthers to win their first Italian Superbowl.  The other major part of the book is about his relationship with a college co-ed, Livvy, where he would travel with her to sightsee around Italy.

The Sixth Man

From Paulette Aspesi
author: Baldacci, David
The Sixth Man
I love everything this man writes. Edgar Roy, an alleged mass murderer is being held at a prison for the criminally insane. Sean King & Michelle Maxwell are hired to help with his case. What follows is a conspiracy of major proportions. Edgar has an eidetic memory and is part of a secret government whereby he processes loads of government info from all the major intelligence agencies and makes sense of them. But some very powerful and influential people do not like this- they want to be in control. In the end truth and justice win out.

Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons

From Paulette Aspesi
author: Clement, Blaize
Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons
Dixie Hemingway finds herself kidnapped. She had been mistaken for the granddaughter, Ruby, of the man she is helping out with his cat. She is let go, but things do not go well for Ruby who is estranged from her race car driving husband, Zack, and has a baby also to take care of. In the end all is well with Ruby and her family, but Dixie’s boyfriend is going back to New Orleans to take a job and she is rightfully devastated. Good summer read. Five books precede this one & those really should be read first.

Sing You Home

From Paulette Aspesi
author: Picoult, Jodi
Sing You Home
Not one of her better books. Too pat. Too contrived. Too Pollyanna. Woman, Zoe, after ten years of marriage loses another child before it is born, and her husband, Max, feels that she no longer loves him so much as the wanting of a child. He divorces her and she finds love with a woman. Zoe & Max fight over three embryos and in the end he gives in, finds love with his sister-in-law and gives Zoe the embryos, and they all end up with the child growing up loving them all. SURE!