Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

The Long Flight Home

September 8, 2019

indexAnother new novel set during WWII, this story by Alan Hlad focuses on the role of homing pigeons, which were used by the English to convey messages from the locals in German-occupied France regarding troop movements. Operation Source Columba, referred to in the novel, is the actual name for the air-drop of thousands of pigeons in occupied zones of France and the Netherlands. In The Long Flight Home, Susan Shepherd and her grandfather are responsible members of the National  Pigeon Service who deliver their pigeons to British Services in an attempt to help win the war, knowing many of them will never return. Susan falls in love with Ollie, a brave American who is determined to be a fighter pilot for the British well before America enters the war. I particularly liked the brave actions of the members of the French Resistance, who risked their lives to save their people from the Germans, as well as the resilience of the British civilians. London was bombed for 76 consecutive nights by the Luftwaffe, a truly sobering fact. Recommended for fans of historical fiction.

Evvie Drake Starts Over

September 4, 2019

indexOn the day Evvie Drake is planning on leaving her husband, he is killed in a car accident. She has kept the secret of her marriage from everyone, including her best friend Andy. And now it is even harder to confess to anyone that her husband was abusive, mostly verbally but occasionally physical as well. But Andy’s childhood friend Dean, a pitcher for the Yankees, needs a place to stay while recuperating from a puzzling inability to throw a ball with any accuracy. So Evvie finds herself opening up to Dean as she has been unable to with anyone else in her life about her past, after he temporarily moves into an apartment in her house. Linda Holmes ‘s debut novel has lots of witty repartee between Evvie and Dean, with romance and jealousy thrown in as their friendship turns into a relationship. But they both need to come to terms with the past before they can work as a couple. Very enjoyable and a fun read.

Adult Summer Reading Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

August 2, 2019

Interested in reading one of THE hottest titles of the past year? Check out what 2019 Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge (LAST CALL to sign up at the Library, now through August 17) participant Trine thought about Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Star Rating: 3 Stars (Liked it)

I thought the nature aspect of this book was intriguing – I like how the “Marsh Girl” studied her world both from a scientific point of view as well as an artistic point of view. The love story was more on the sidelines in my opinion. The way the book was formatted with past and future chapters was very effective in keeping the mystery – loved that. The ending was a shocker!

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One Day in December

July 31, 2019

indexIf you are up for a romance where your best friend falls in love with the man of your dreams, this novel is perfect. Riding a bus home from work, Laurie spots an intriguing  guy at the bus stop. When he suddenly looks up and right at her, Laurie feels like she’s been hit with a thunderbolt. But she can’t make herself get off the bus to meet him; instead she spends a year looking for him, to no avail. When her flatmate/best friend Sarah starts dating this wonderful guy and introduces him to Laurie at a party, who else would it be but Jack, aka “bus boy”. Neither of them wants to tell Sarah the truth.  The storyline is a bit slow and formulaic, but it’s a quiet read that ends in a satisfying manner. Written by Josie Silver.

The Bridge Across the Ocean

July 13, 2019

indexDo you believe in ghosts? Brette has “The Sight”, or the ability to see spirits in the thin space between this world and the next. Her grandmother and aunts have had the ability as well, but Brette has always struggled with the disbelief of others if she mentions it. Susan Meissner has written a novel that takes place in different eras: present day, and various times during WWII, between 1936 – 1946.  The ship RMS Queen Mary plays a major role in the story, since it was utilized during WWII to transport troops abroad and wartime brides back to the U.S. after the war ended. Annaliese would do anything to escape her cruel Nazi husband, and seizes the opportunity when her best friend dies in an auto accident. Brette is drawn to visit the Queen Mary (in present day) and is “approached ” by a spirit she believes to be Annaliese, after some careful research. The novel features an interesting time in history, but it is also a sober reminder of the horrors of war. A great historical fiction read.

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