Perfect Escape

From Stephanie Bunce
Title:  Perfect Escape
Author:  Jennifer Brown
I won this book in the raffle and am so glad I did. What a wonderful story about the pressures of a “normal” girl with a brother who has OCD. Some wonderful insights into what it’s like to have a mental illness, as well as what it takes to love someone with a mental illness. It was a very poignant book and I recommend it highly!!

When the Dancing Stopped: The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake

From  Sandi Rosenthal
Title:  When the Dancing Stopped: The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake
Author:  Brian Hicks 
This book grabbed my attention in the opening pages and kept me interested until the end. It is the incredible tale of the cruise ship Morro Castle and the horrific events that led to its destruction September 1934 off the New Jersey Coast. It reads like a fictional novel and was amazing that it was a true story.  This book is very well researched and the author includes some interesting pictures.

The ships captain was found dead in his quarters and a deadly fire broke out. What makes this so disturbing is that there is evidence to suggest that the captain might have been murdered and that the fire was not an accident.

After this disaster, the story goes on with the life of the individual suspected of the murder and arson, and how he continued his criminal behavior for the next 20 years.


Brava Valentine

From Sandi Rosenthal 
Title:  Brava Valentine 
Author:  Adriana Trigiani
This is the second book in a trilogy. (I have not read the first yet, and plan to). I enjoyed the characters and dialogue but the love story was not my favorite. I didn’t feel that Valentine and Gianluca knew each other well enough to fall in love or to resolve their differences, and I think his proposal and her acceptance were rushed. I am looking forward to the third book to see how the author wraps up Valentine’s story.  This book is definitely worth reading, I enjoyed it very much.