Author Archive

When We Believed in Mermaids

October 13, 2021

Kit Bianci lost her sister, Josie, to a terrorist attack on a French train years ago. While watching the news one day, however, Kit sees a woman who looks exactly like her dead sister, during a report from New Zealand. Kit’s mother convinces her to fly to there from California to look for the woman she feels could be Josie. While searching for Josie in New Zealand, Kit meets Javier, with whom she grows very close. Will she find her long lost sister? Will Kit realize her true feelings for Javier,or dismiss them as just part of a fling? Read Barbara O’Neal’s moving novel to find these answers, and more…

The Last Flight

September 29, 2021

If you like suspense novels, this book’s for you. What happens when two women switch plane tickets at an airport? Can they successfully escape the threats in their lives? Claire wants to escape from her abusive, powerful husband and Eva is caught between jail time and fingering a hardened criminal. They decide to switch lives, and can’t imagine the journeys ahead of them. This title definitely earns five stars from me, unfortunately it is the author Julie Clark’s only novel in our library system to date…

The Women’s March

September 22, 2021

This latest novel by Jennifer Chiaverini relates the hardships and violence suffered by the women who fought for the voting rights in the early 1900’s. Some of the characters are modeled on real life activists. Alice Paul was a vocal activist for women’s rights, and organized the March, Maud Malone, who was a NYC librarian, and Ida Wells-Barnett, a journalist and researcher as well as an activist, who also had to battle racism. It is thanks to these brave women that the 19th amendment eventually was passed in 1920, giving women the right to vote. Chiaverini describes in riveting details the 1913 women’s long Suffrage March from NYC to Washington, D.C., in March, just before President Wilson was inaugurated. We truly owe a debt of gratitude to these individuals and others who worked tirelessly to achieve the vote. A great piece of historical fiction.

Return To Me

September 19, 2021

A friend recently recommended this DVD title to me, and I am so glad that I watched it. It’s a wonderful plot where Bob, a young widower (David Duchovny), tired of being set up on dates by good intentioned friends, finally meets someone he really likes. And the young waitress/painter – Grace- is equally enamored with him. However, there is a twist that threatens to end the relationship on the brink of a marriage proposal. The cast is fantastic: Minnie Driver, Bonnie Hunt, Jim Belushi, Carroll O’Connor, Robert Loggia (all veteran comedic actors) and the film is directed by Bonnie Hunt. It’s a real “feel good” movie, with great laughs. I give it 5 stars!

The Cellist

September 18, 2021

I have always enjoyed the Gabriel Allon spy series by Silva, but this latest is a bit disappointing. I found it rather long on details and very political, which is not what I expected to find. The author makes his opinions known to the reader, and he adds an addendum at the end of the book explaining all the fine points on the last presidential election. If you’re into political mysteries, however, then you’ll enjoy this title.


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