Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber

Reviewed by Claire Daley

This book tells the story of a young woman seeking an emotional healing. After facing a tragedy, she is determined to revisit a place of happy memories for her and her family. This little seaside town and its people bring her back to a life of caring for and helping others.

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

Texas Ranger by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

Patterson introduces us to Texas Ranger, Rory Yates, and it looks like a new series is in the works. Rory’s ex-wife has been killed, and then an ex-girlfriend. The end is predictable, but that is par for the course with a Patterson book. You don’t read them for being great literature. You read them because they are fast-paced with endearing protagonists. If you are a Patterson fan, go for it. Otherwise just same old, same old.

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

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

Reviewed by Dorothy Zelamsky

Cold Sassy Tree is set in small-town Georgia in the early 1900’s and it’s a coming of age story about a teen boy, Will, and his Grandpa, who is an independent thinker. It got off to a slow start and I had to adjust to the dialect. Other than that it was mostly a pleasant diversion. Thought provoking at the end when Grandpa gives his interpretation of the verse, “Ask and you shall receive.”

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

The Witch Elm by Tana French

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

This is the story of a man brutally beaten by some robbers, who suffers such horrible injuries that he will never be the same again. Among other things, his memory is shaky and when a human skull is found at the bottom of an elm tree in his Uncle Hugo’s garden, events will unfold that will change forever not only his life, but the lives of those he is closest to. One of the things he must cope with is the fact that he could possibly have killed the man. I hated this book. I loved Toby and what the author had happen to him was more than I could deal with.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆

Elevation by Stephen King

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

Welcome again to the bizarre world of Stephen King. A man keeps on losing weight, even though he looks the same. Eventually he is down to almost zero and his body can not be held down. He ends it all by floating up to Heaven with a boost from a firecracker. Well, I certainly loved the idea that you could eat whatever you want and actually lose weight, but this book was a little too far out for me. However, it was a very short read and I did like the characters.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆

Heirs of the Founders: the Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster — the Second Generation of American Giants by H.W. Brands

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

We all know about the original Founding Fathers, but just as important in our nation’s history, were the men who made up the Great Triumvirate — Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster. This book takes us on their journey through American History. At times they worked together, and at other times, they were bitter rivals. Each in his own way desired the Presidency, especially Henry Clay. They would all die in 1852. If you are a American History lover, this is a MUST book for you. Beautifully written and well-researched, it gives you an unbelievable look at our nation growing up in the early 1800’s.

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

Greysons by Dana L. Brown

Reviewed by Evelyn Summers

Greysons is the third book in the Anna Maria Island series. I was a little disappointed. It was very repetitive and unnecessary. The first of the three series was such a cliffhanger and the second was good, but the third just dragged on.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆