Leaving time : a novel

From Margaret Mezzacapo

Author:  Jodi Picoult

Title:  Leaving time : a novel  

Once again, Jodi Picoult presents us with a well-written, engrossing tale. Jenna Metcalf is a teen whose mother disappeared when she was a baby. She becomes obsessed with finding her mother – or discovering what became of her, or why she abandoned Jenna. Both of her parents were scientists, studying elephants, and these large, gentle and frequently misunderstood and mistreated animals figure largely (pardon the pun) in the story.  This is another fine work from Picoult.

One Plus One

From  Robin McCracken

Title:  One Plus One

Author:  Jojo Moyes

What an inspirational story about a dysfunctional family, a single mom with a stepson  and a daughter and an adventure that puts you in awe.

>From Amazon who says it all:

“ The husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.”

Highly recommend with 10 stars…….

 

My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space

From  elaine pasquali

Title:  My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space 

Author:  Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Scottoline Serritella

This is a mother-daughter endeavor.  Each chapter recounts family events, relationships, and secrets of their nuclear and extended families.  Each chapter has a generational spin..  Each chapter stands alone.  Each chapter is short, pithy, and humorous.  A quick and entertaining read.

My Mother’s Secret

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  J.L. Witterick
Title:  My Mother’s Secret 
My mother’s secret is a gripping story of a Polish woman and her daughter during the Nazi invasion of Poland.  Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, live in a tiny 2 room house but somehow manage to simultaneously hide 2 Jewish families, and a defecting German soldier. One family is hidden in the loft above the pigsty,the other  in a makeshift cellar,and the soldier in a tiny attic where he must lay down to fit.  Franciszka and Helena need to be extremely careful and clever to outsmart their neighbors and the Germans. One mistake or misfortune would cost all of them their lives.

The writing is simple and concise. The chapters are very short. The story is  told from 4 perspectives – Helena’s, one of the Jewish fathers, one of the Jewish sons, and the defecting soldier.  The account was both horrifying because of the circumstances and the cruelty of some people, and heartwarming because of the kindness and bravery of others.

This novel is based on a true story.

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.