Next life might be kinder

From Catherine Given

Author:  Howard Norman

Title:   Next life might be kinder  

Some books are easy – they give us free choice to dip into their pages — others hold us captive. This one’s hold was surprisingly fierce. In Next Life Might Be Kinder, Sam, a newly married writer/birdwatcher and Elizabeth, his gentle wife who is writing her dissertation, set up housekeeping in an apartment in an old Halifax hotel.

Howard recounts their dreamy, Zen-like existence, enlivened once a week by dance lessons, shattered to smithereens by Elizabeth’s murder. Norman depicts Sam’s devastation in a spell-binding, no-frills, stream-of-consciousness style.

Peter, an egomaniacal filmmaker, breaks through Sam’s numbing grief when he makes him an offer for the couple’s tragic story – one Sam feels he can’t refuse. Violation of Sam’s privacy and desecration of his memories of Elizabeth ensue, putting Sam’s ethics and his patience with Peter, to the test.


A Little Treasury of Love Poems

From  Nitika Garg

Title:  A Little Treasury of Love Poems.

Author:  John Holmes

This book covers the poetry of romantic love from earliest times to the present day. The 443 love poems are arranged in a sequence from the first awareness of love to love’s focus on one person, it’s urgency, the pain of love, to that lasting love through all of marriage and after death.

Don’t Look Down

From Elaine Pasquali

Title:  Don’t Look Down

Author:  Jennifer Crusie  and Bob Mayer

A difficult book to get into.  In the first dozen pages, twelve characters, give or take a few, were introduced.  In addition, characters were alternately referred to by their first names, their surnames, and/or their nicknames.   I was unwilling to plow through the ensuing confusion and discover the nature of the plot.  It’s unusual for me to give up on a book, but that’s exactly what I did with Don’t Look Down.


Stop the Wedding! A Romantic Comedy

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Stephanie Bond
Stop the Wedding!  A Romantic Comedy
Annabelle Coakley’s widowed mother is getting married to Martin Castleberry. This is not good news. Castleberry is a playboy movie star. He has been married five times before and each wife is younger than her predecessor. Annabelle is a divorce lawyer, she has dealt with the pain and suffering of divorce. She does not want her mother to get hurt, so she must stop this wedding. Clay is Martin’s son. He is used to cleaning up his father’s messes. He wants to end this relationship before his father makes another big mistake. They are both on the same mission but never on the same track. It’s the formula for a humorous, light read. This exclusive Kindle eBook is available on our circulating Paperwhite Kindle.

Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Meaney, Roisin
Semi-Sweet:  A Novel of Love and Cupcakes
Hannah Robinson’s life is perfect.  She is dating a great guy and she is starting her own business. The grand opening of her cupcake shop is days away, her friends are having a party for her and Patrick announces that he is leaving her for another woman. Small town life holds no secrets and everyone immediately knows about her painful situation. It is a story about heartbreak and tragedy but also shows the warmth of family, friends and love in this small Irish town of Clongarvin. A good summer read and who can resist a little tears, romance and cupcakes?

The widower’s tale

From Michele Lauer-Bader
author: Glass, Julia
The widower’s tale
Julia Glass’ characters come alive in The Widower’s Tale. Percy Darling, recently retired, finds his life disrupted when he allows a local preschool to take over his barn. Things becomes more complicated when Percy falls in love with a younger woman, his one daughter leaves her husband and children in New York City and his beloved grandson, Robert, unwittingly gets involved in an eco-terrorist group. This contemporary story has unforgettable characters and poses big questions about loyalties, rivalries and family secrets.

Immanuel’s Veins

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Dekker, Ted
Immanuel’s Veins
It is a story about good vs. evil.  Redemption vs. sin.  Honor vs. self fulfillment.  It is all these but it is mainly about love.  The power of pure love vs. the corrupt power of seduction and possession.  Toma loves Lucine but he is honor bound to be her protector and follow his queen’s wishes to have her wed another.  Toma keeps his love a secret and Lucine falls under Vlad van Valerik’s seductive spell.  She is to become Vlad’s bride and only Toma can save her from damnation.


From Alicja Feitzinger
titl: Welcome [videorecording]
Welcome is a story about Bilal (Firat Ayverdi) and Simon (Vincent Lindon).  Bilal is a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee. He spent the last three months of his life traveling across Europe in an attempt to reunite with his girlfriend who recently emigrated to England. Simon (Vincent Lindon), a middle-aged swimming instructor, is dealing with a divorce from his wife (Audrey Dana).  They meet at a local swimming pool at Calais, France. Simon works there and eventually trains Bilal, so he can attempt to swim across the English Channel and find his girlfriend. Both men have a lot in common, despite their differences.  They develop a strong bond, which will ultimately alter their lives.  This movie left me with a strong impression and a lot to think about. I highly recommend it.


From Margie Hartough
author: Steel, Danielle
Sometimes it takes the touch of the supernatural to bring true love to a heartbroken man.
Charlie Waterston’s, life is seemed perfect till his wife left him for another man. He takes a leave of absence from his job as a New York lawyer to drive through New England. It is here that he encounters the ghost of a young beautiful woman Sarah Feruguson when he rents the lakeside chateau she once owned two centuries ago. He finds her diaries hidden in an old trunk. As he begins to read them he feels her presence and longs to know more about the life she led.  Her love torn sufferings help him to endure his own pain and enable him to reach out to others and hope for love and happiness again.