Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

Reviewed by Elaine Pasquali

This novel incorporates central characters from The Lace Reader. Callie, the daughter of one of the women known as the Goddesses, survived the massacre that took their lives. After years of being raised by nuns, Callie is now an adult and a music therapist/healer. Callie returns to Salem, when the woman known to her as Aunt Rose, has had a mental break-down. Rose, Callie and the Goddesses are all descendants of five women hung for witchcraft. The search for the Goddesses’ murderers is a cold case that is reopened. A totally engrossing novel from beginning to end.

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

True Love by Jennifer Lopez

Reviewed by Kristin Rasnick

In her book, True Love, Jennifer Lopez talks about her relationships with her kids and her significant other and also her role of being a mother. It is not easy to take care of kids. The demands of being a celebrity makes a personal life difficult.

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

Acts of Faith by Erich Segal

Reviewed by Elaine Pasquali

Three people’s lives are bound together from childhood through adulthood. Daniel and Deborah are siblings whose father is ultraconservative Rabbi Luria. Timothy Hogan is an Irish Catholic boy who is enlisted by Rabbi Luria to turn the family’s lights off on Friday nights. From this simple encounter, their lives are woven together in love, loss, and crises of faith. Biblical and theological context is essential to the richness of the story. As much as I wanted to know how it ended, I also didn’t want the story to end.

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