Summer Reading Club reviews

From Elaine Pasquali

The Shop on Blossom Street – Debbie Macomber

Since Ms. Macomber writes Hallmark TV scripts, I was afraid this book might
read like one. Instead, characters were well developed and the plot engaging. Lydia Hoffman, who twice survived malignant brain tumors, opens a yarn shop. This new venture represents her dream of a new, cancer-free life. Lydia starts a beginning knitting class. Lydia and her three students, all with different backgrounds and problems, bond, develop personal insight, and support one another as they learn to knit. I plan to read the sequel, “A Good Yarn.”

J Is for Judgement – Sue Grafton

Tell us about your book (50-100 words, please)
Kinsey Millhone, working for California Fidelity Insurance Company, sets about proving that Wendell Jaffe, presumed dead for five years, is alive. The result of her investigation will financially and emotionally impact Jaffe’s family. Along the way, Kinsey learns that she has an extended family of whom she was completely unaware. When the book ends, Kinsey still has not resolved her personal identity crisis. A well written, engaging journey

Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog – Dave Nasser with Lynne Barrett-Lee

This is true story about the runt of a Great Dane litter who grew to be almost 5 feet tall, 7 feet long, and 250 pounds. Big dog, yes.gentle dog, definitely. George eventually was named by Guinness World Records as the Tallest Dog in the World-ever! Along the way, you will fall in love with George, his antics, his gentleness, and his foibles (i.e. he’s afraid of water.) This is a very special story and I recommend it to everyone, dog lovers in particular

The Senator’s Wife – Sue Miller

Two women, Meri and Delia, from two different generations, become neighbors and discover that they are experiencing parallel marital relationships. Delia, the older of the two women, is married to a former U.S. Senator. Meri, newly married and pregnant, is married to a university professor. Yet, each are reckoning with the complexities, challenges, compromises and disappointments of marriage. The reader will have to decide whether the growth the women experienced was worth the pain. Character development is strong and the novel is always engrossing.


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