Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

Reviewed by Claire Daley

Drue Campbell finds herself dealing with a knee injury after a kiteboarding accident and the loss of her mother simultaneously. Drue is forced to go to work at her father’s law firm. While working for her father, Drue becomes involved with a murder case which her father had already settled. Drue’s curiosity makes her look deeper. She discovers old news clippings and the official police file among her mother’s belongings. Drue then decides to start research on that cold case as well as on the case that her father already settled.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

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Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Reviewed by Diana Murphy

On the whole, this book is classic Jodi Picoult and I love her writing style. It’s an exciting story about a shooting at an abortion clinic, and delves into the backgrounds of the people at the clinic, the hostage negotiator, and the shooter himself. I just wish that Jodi had taken a little more time to research the pro-life side of the argument, because she got a lot of things about the pro-life debate wrong and failed to deliver even one pro-life character that wasn’t demonized or a hypocritical stereotype. Also, telling the story in reverse chronological order was unnecessarily confusing. But there were a couple of twists and characters that made this a worthwhile read.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

This is a story of L. Frank Baum’s wife, Maud, who was born to a famous suffragette parent. With the making of The Wizard of Oz, this book shows the part Maud supposedly played in trying to make the movie true to the book.
I did not like the inter-cutting of the story of her early life and the making of the movie. There was no reason to not keep this book in chronological order. It is not like it is a psychological thriller, where the inter-cutting makes sense – just an affectation. If you want to know more about Maud & Frank read some non-fiction books on the subject – there are some really good ones out there.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆

Friends We Keep by Paulette Aspesi

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

This was a very heartwarming story about 3 friends, Evvie, Maggie, & Topher, who were very close in college. The friends drifted apart and at their 30th class reunion, they came together again. Evvie, Maggie, and Topher joined forces, lived together, had a secret problem come to the surface. Two of the friends were at odds, however, they worked it out and the deep friendship that they had always had for each other was allowed to survive and flourish. A really feel-good book. Nice to think that people can work out their differences when they truly care for each other.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆