Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Terry DelBalso

Title/Author
Coming Out / Danielle Steel

This book is about the many relationships in our lives; both past and present that weave themselves into the person we are today and our current life. The main character Olympia is a successful working Mom that seems to juggle it all until a series of events unfold at the same time leaving her spread thin and trying to keep the family on its path. Though each relationship is taking a turn, it is the true bond of love within a family that brings everyone back to the one main road and to a place better than even planned. Though clearly light reading it hits home to many core feelings.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆☆
Title/Author
Farewell to Arms / Ernest Hemingway

There are moments when you want to go back in time and read a great novel; that is what lead me to this book. The story had an undertone of sadness to me. It seemed to be a soul venturing out to experience life and find a purpose and satisfaction to his existence; with the thought that would lead to happiness. The main character Lieutenant Henry is an American ambulance driver in World War I. He finds love and then enters a personal battle of love and loyalty.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆

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Adult Summer Reading Club review

From  Laura Caran

 

Title/Author
Nights in Rodanthe/Nicholas Sparks
This was a typical Nicholas Sparks theme, a love story. Two divorcees meet at a vacation home for a week and fall in love. He leaves to be with his son who he was trying to have a relationship with (he was never around when he was growing up) and he promises to return in one year to continue their love affair forever. However, he dies in an accident while with the son, and the son returns with a letter to her about how much she meant to him and how her love changed his life. She relays the story to her daughter who is grieving for her own reasons and, and the daughter never knew about the relationship when it happened (several years before). It was an easy read and very enjoyable. How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club review

From Elaine Pasquali

Title/Author The Candymakers/ Wendy Mass
Four children, Logan (the Candymaker’s son), Daisy (a tween spy), Miles (a fear ridded boy) and Phillip (a wealthy, unscrupulous tween) compete in a national contest to make the tastiest new candy in the country. A twist finds the children cooperating to save the candy factory from a hostile take over. A charming and cleverly crafted story, told from each child’s perspective. Targeted for tweens, but I enjoyed it too! How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆☆☆
 

Adult Summer Reading Club review

From Dorothy Zelamsky

Title/Author The Space Between Us/Thrity Umrigar

My neighbor recommended this read. It tells the story of the misery 2 women in modern day India face, despite the difference in their class status, which creates the “space” referenced in the title. The author has created strong, powerful women who survive injustice and tragedy. Despite their hardship, they demonstrate love, loyalty, courage, and hope. How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Elaine Pasquali

Title/Author
Rise and Shine / Anna Quinden

Bridget (a social worker), her sister Megan (a high profile morning show anchor), Evan (her successful businessman brother-in-law) and Leo (her college-age nephew) have their lives disrupted by a series of crises: job/status loss, divorce, pregnancy and a shooting. Ms. Quinden shows how each character evolves, copes, grows. Normalcy returns to their lives, but a new normalcy. A thoroughly engrossing novel.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆☆
 

Title/Author
A Single Stone / Marilyn Wallace

Years before, Linda had been acquitted of her daughter’s murder. The death of a second child and the abduction of a third throw Linda and her husband into the thick of the investigations: first as suspects and then as investigators. The chapters switch back and forth between the police investigation and the parents’ investigation. There are multiple red herrings. Definitely worth reading. How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆

Title/Author
The Night Fairy / Laura Amy Schlitz

Florie, a night fairy, loses her wings and is forced to navigate in an often dangerous and unfriendly world. This fairy story may be steeped in fantasy but it addresses the nature of character, adventure and challenge. Not just for children but for the child within each of us. The beautiful illustrations are an added bonus.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆☆
Title/Author
We’ll Meet Again / Mary Higgins Clark

Dr. Gary Lash’s wife, Molly, spent years in prison for his murder. Having had no recollection of the murder, Molly had been unable to provide her lawyer with a defense. Once she is released, Molly enlists the help of Fran, a former classmate and an investigative crime reportere, to help her uncover what happened. In true Higgins-Clark fashion, several seemingly unrelated deaths interrelate to shed light on Dr. Lash’s murder. As usual, Ms. Clark weaves a web of delightful suspense.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆☆

 

Adult Summer Reading Club review

From Donna Southard

Title/Author The Hidden Life of Trees/Peter Wohlleben

This book discusses new discoveries of how a tree grows and the functions of a forest. It is translated from German to English. Some of the chapters I found it interesting how the author compared trees and forests to humans and families. It made me think differently about trees and forests. Some of the chapters seemed redundant to me and some of the translations were not for American English. It you like science and nature, then you will enjoy reading this book. How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆☆