Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Adele GRESSER

Title/Author NECESSARY LIES DIANNE CHAMBERLAIN

9IVY HARDT, A 15 YEAR OLD GIRL., LIVES IN A HOUSE WHERE SHE TAKES CARE OF HER 17 YR OLD SISTER AS WELL AS HER GRANDMOTHER. HER SISTER HAS A LOW IQ. HER SISTER MARY ELLEN HAS A 2 YR OLD SON WHOM SHE ALSO CARES FOR. THE OWNER OF THE TOBACCO FARM ALLOWS THEM TOLIVE RENT FREE. A NEW TO THE JOB. SOCISL WORKER, 9IS COMPASSSIONATE AND TRIES TO FIND WAYS OF HELPING THEM AS WELL AS THE IR NEIGHBORS WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LEVEL. SHE BECOMES INVOLVED WITH THE HART’S SO SOMETIMES SHE DOES THINGS THAT ARE NOT PART OF HER JOB. THEREFORE HER SUPERVISOR FIRES HER. INTERESTING AND OFTEN GRIPPING. How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆☆☆
Title/Author THE INVENTION OF WINGS SUE MONK KIDD

‘HETTY GRIMKE KNOWN AS HANDFUL WAS BORN A SLAVE. IN THE 19TH CENTURY SLAVES WERE DEEMED NECESSARY TO MAKE A PLANTATION WORK. THERE SLAVES WERE CHASTIZED, BEATEN, AND BELITTLED. HANDFUL”s younger sister had a calling SHE WANTED RO FREE THE SLAVES.HETTY WAS GIVEN TO THE PLANTSATION OWNERS DAUGHTER WHO REALLY DOESN’T WANT A SLAVE SHE WAS 10 YEARS OLD. THE STORY OF HOW HANDFUL, HER MOTHER SARAH THE OWNER’S DAUGHTER FORM A BOND TO FREE THE SLAVES . FRIGHTENING BUT HOPEFUL.’ How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club review

From Elaine Pasquali

Title/Author
Sushi for Beginners / Marion Keyes

I had diffiuclty getting into this book. Characters seemed one dimensional, but I stuck with it. Midway through the book, characters fleshed out and I found myself caring about what happened to them. I ended up enjoying the book.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆

Title/Author Pie/ /Sara Weeks

Because of her pie crust,Alice’s Aunt Polly was a renown pie baking queen. When Aunt Polly died and her pie crust recipe was “lost,” most of the local women tried to replicate Polly’s recipe. Alice set about to solve the mystery of the missing recipe. Like “Jonathan Livingston Siegel”, this book is not about pie crust but about love. A Scholastic book, it is enjoyable for youths and adults. How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Elaine Pasquali

Title/Author
The Christie Caper / Carolyn G. Hart

Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand bookstore, co-chairs a three day convention of renown authors to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birth. Mystery and murder plague the attendees and Annie, her husband Max, and a few authors set about to unmask the murderer. There is a cast of 26 characters. Hart lists the characters at the beginning of the book. Despite this, the large number of characters is confusing. Hart also refers to Christie novels in almost every conversation, I found this distracting, especially if I hadn’t read the book . This said, the ending makes the book worth reading.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆
Title/Author
Murder at Madingley Grange / Caroline Graham

Ms. Graham is a British author. If she had been French, I would have characterized this book as a French farce. Simon and Laurel Hannaford stage a mystery weekend for paying guests at their absent great-aunt’s estate. Is a real murder afoot or is it all part of the planned weekend? Guests act outrageously, fall in and out of love, threaten and argue with one another. Three surprises are revealed at the very end of the story. Try it; you might like it. I did.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆