The possibilities

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author:  Kaui Hart  Hemmings
Title:  The possibilities 
The Possibilities, by the author who wrote the novel that became the Academy Award-winning film, “The Descendants,” is the engrossing story of a woman in Breckenridge, Colorado, whose son is killed in an avalanche. As she copes with her grief, surprises surface – and they don’t seem to be good ones. She finds out disturbing things, and then has to deal with a mystery girl who pops up out of the blue and immediately insinuates herself into the family. The Possibilities is an easy read and compelling story.

The accidental werewolf

From Andrea Kalinowski
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Title:  The accidental werewolf 
I am all over the map in my reading tastes. I will read almost anything, bearing in mind one teacher’s admonition to read at least 50 pages before casting the work aside. I will sometimes return to a cast-aside work later in the month and/or year and find that it now captures my imagination. This rule of 50 pages is one I instituted with my father,also, since I am the one who carts home the books he reads. But all digressions aside, I recently started reading the Accidental series by Dakota Cassidy. The book which kicks off the series, Accidental werewolf, should be thankful for the 50 page rule. Somehow, even though I enjoy paranormal creatures, this book was slow to capture my full attention but once it did, I could not let go. After the first fifty pages, the story and the characters really caught and retained my attention. The main characters are Marty Andrews, Nina Blackman, and Wanda Schwartz. Marty Andrews is a Bobbie-Sue cosmetics consultant. Nina and Wanda become friends with Marty through her recruitment efforts.They each have their own story in the Accidental series of how they come to be paranormal and their individual road to acceptance because who really wants to outlive their friends and lovers or give up Oreos or survive on a liquid diet? Accidental werewolf is followed by Accidentally dead, Accidentally human, Accidentally demonic, Accidentally catty, Accidentally dead again and Accidentally genie. I am halfway through the series and cannot wait to find out how their friendship survives these paranormal changes.

Love saves the day : a novel

From  Margaret  Mezzacapo
Author:  Gwen Cooper
Title:   Love saves the day : a novel
Cooper is the author of Homer’s Odyssey, the true story of how she rescued a blind kitten named Homer who proved you don’t have to be “perfect” to love and be loved. Love Saves the Day shows us that people, too, don’t have to be “perfect.” Family relationships, as told through the eyes of a poor, rescued stray kitten, are things that we do not always see or recognize – but that doesn’t mean that they’re not there. It just means that it might take us a long time to appreciate them.  This is an enjoyable book, recommended for all.

The Cat

From  Andrea Kalinowski
Author:  Edeet Ravel
The Cat
The Cat by Edeet Ravel is an inside look at the torturous path to recovery from grief. It is a fictitious work but the author so clearly paints a picture that you are drawn into the mother’s agony and suffering. The protagonist is a divorced woman, raising her sole child, a boy, out in the countryside when he is killed by a motorist. Elise, the mom, after the tragic loss of her son, contemplates ending it all. The only thing binding her to this plane and this miserable existence is her son’s beloved feline, Pursie. You feel the wretchedness of Elise’s condition and cheer her as she takes stumbling steps back into the world of the living. She pays a psychiatrist to help her deal with the overwhelming epistolary response to her son’s death. The doctor wades through and selects a few letters, which he feels, do not minimize or negate the trauma Elise has suffered. An inside look at grief, sorrowful but well-written and worth the read.