From Terry DelBalso
Back on Blossom Street / Debbie Macomber
This is part of a Blossom Street series… I love it. It is like returning to a small town to a time when life was simple. A group of very different women come together as each had joined the knitting class at ‘ A Good Yarn’. They are each facing a different challenge in their lives. The original intent was to knit prayer shawls but more than that is made. Friendships are formed.
From Dorothy Zelamsky
Jodi Picoult/Leaving Time
Picoult’s poetic language was the most admirable quality about this book. The plot was satisfactory, and told like many of her other books, from the point of view of the various characters .It tells the story of Jenna, a girl who tries to solve the mystery of her missing mom. The book also follows the story of Jenna’s mom, Alice, who studies the memory, grief, and mother/daughter relationships in elephants and relates them to that of humans.
From Elaine Pasquali
The Shadow of Your Smile – Mary Higgins Clark
Two themes thread through this story and come together in the end. One deals with the beatification of a nun, Sister Catherine, and the other with family identity. The doctor at the center of the story is the daughter of an orphaned father who always sought his family identity. She also has borne witness to the cure of a child who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The child’s mother prayed to Sister Catherine and he was cured. The two seemingly disparate plots are woven together seamlessly. I do wish Ms. Clark had integrated more of the beatification process, perhaps even including an epilogue culminating with Sister Catherine’s beatification. An engrossing story line that captivates the reader.
A Story Lately Told – Angelica Huston
I was disappointed in this autobiography and ultimately did not finish it. That was probably due to my misunderstanding of the purpose of the book. Ms. Huston dealt with the story of her “coming of age,” which is the subtitle of the book. I had anticipated it dealing with her adult life as well. I also found it difficult to keep straight all the family members and friends mentioned in the book. If I had approached the book with a different mind-set, I might have enjoyed it more.
U Is for Undertow – Sue Grafton
Ms. Grafton develops three story lines and then deftly merges them as she solves a decades old kidnaping and murder. All the while, she is grappling with her recently discovered relatives. One of Ms. Grafton’s most complex and engaging mysteries.
From Laura Caran
The Power of I AM/Joel Osteen
Positive thinking book. Joel claims no matter what happens in your life if you look at it as “temporary” and keep thinking positively things will turn around on God’s timetable, because God wants everyone to be happy in all ways. He sites many examples of this happening in people’s lives when they believe they were made for Greatness no matter what their life circumstances are. God wants us all to be masterpieces! Believe it and it is so!
From Robin Kaufman
Great little magazine. Summer 2015 is a great issue. Best drought tolerant plants was a great article. Throw a tomato tasting party was very informative especially the page that listed different tomatoes with their names & how to build your own tomato cage. This will be my summer project. Another article was how to build a bouquet step-by-step, looks pretty.