Summer Sisters

From  Margaret Mezzacapo

Title:  Summer Sisters

Author:  Judy Blume

Basic premise – rich (but flaky) girl with summer home on Martha’s Vineyard befriends poor (but smart) girl. They become best friends although teenage (and beyond) angst occaisionally ensues (can you believe that two girls could have a crush on the same boy?  Oh, the horrors!)  Good summer reading – not too demanding – transports you to a beach house setting.

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The Man You’ll Marry

From  Elaine Pasquali

Title:  The Man You’ll Marry

Author:  Debbie Macomber

A “magical” wedding dress is the focus of the novel.  Family myth holds that whoever is in possession of the dress will marry the first man she sees.  Thus, the dress is passed on from aunt to niece to niece’s friend, and finally friend’s mother.  The reader witnesses the ensuing romances and romantic struggles.  A fast reading novel that could readily be adapted for a Hallmark Saturday night television show.  The Man You’ll Marry provides an enjoyable,  light change of pace and is analogous to palate cleansing sherbet enjoyed at the end of a heavy meal.

Very Valentine

From Terry DelBalso

Title:  Very Valentine 

Author:  Adriana Trigiani

This book takes you on a jouney from Greenwich Village to Italy and back as the main character Valentine Roncalli steps up to save the family business. Her grandmother is running a business that has been in the family sice 1903 which is failing finacially as the world of craftmanship gets phased out. Valentine finds strength she did not even know she had to bring it to the next level and while doing so she finds love where she least expected it.

Coming to My Senses

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Pam Rice
Title: Coming to My Senses
This is a pleasant tale of a woman’s struggle to retain her beloved home and her independence in the face of a condition leading to blindness. This could be particularly interesting for anyone dealing with a physical challenge, either for themselves or an elderly parent.