Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

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.

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six

July 5, 2019

The 2019 Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge is underway (sign up at the Library now through August 17th), and the first of the book reviews are in! Here’s what summer reading participant Jennifer thought about Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Star Rating: 5 Stars – Loved it!

Daisy Jones & The Six is a book you will not be able to put down. It captured me from the moment I started reading it. The author Taylor Jenkins Reid did an amazing job of transporting me in time and made me care deeply for the characters. When I finished the book I was in awe of how unique it was. I hope they make it into a movie!* I really didn’t want the book to end! 

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*Editor’s note: According to online reports, Amazon ordered a 13-episode limited series of Reid’s book, which will be co-produced by Amazon Studios and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner.

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

July 3, 2019

indexThe second novel written by Balli Kaur Jaswal addresses the issues of family ties and sibling rivalry. Sita Shergill has an advanced cancer that leaves her little time to try and address the issues between her three daughters: Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina. Sita’s last request is for them to travel to India together on a pilgrimage, something she had always wanted to do, but no longer can. The sisters discover that the “perfect” lives they thought each other had were anything but perfect, as they travel through India following the itinerary that Sita had left for them. It’s a wonderful story of family ties, and the lessons learned when siblings learn to listen to each other, as well as a stunning glimpse into another culture and its sometimes shocking tenets.

The Book woman of Troublesome Creek

June 24, 2019

indexThis was a real eye opener for me. It takes place in 1930 Kentucky and relates the efforts of the “Pack Horse ” librarians, as they were called, to deliver the printed word to their patrons. They were almost all female, and rode horses and mules in every weather imaginable and across hundreds of miles at times. Young Cussy Mary becomes one to feed her father and herself, and enjoys the work immensely. She has led a difficult life: she had an abusive husband, was almost raped by his brother, and is at the mercy of the townspeople, since she was a “blue”. A local doctor ran tests on Cussy or Bluet, as he called her and discovered that she had a condition known as methemoglobinemia. Due to a recessive gene, the blood contains less oxygen and is a more brownish color, causing the person’s skin to have a blue color. Blues in that area were regarded as being lower than any other person of color and discriminated against terribly. Kim Michelle Richardson tells a fascinating story about the hardships and joys of living in Appalachia.

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding

June 17, 2019

bookDid you ever wonder who makes the gowns for England’s royal weddings? Jennifer Robson set out to write a novel about the years following the World War II. She discovered that during that period, everyone was most excited about the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, and Robson uses this event for the basis of her novel. Her two main characters, Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, are embroiders working for Norman Hartnell, the gown designer. I found this story fascinating; the main characters are based on an interview that Ms. Robson had with an woman who actually worked at Hartnell’s on the gown for Princess Elizabeth. As with all historical fiction, the sections of the story based on actual events leave the reader with a bird’s eye view into that time period. Definitely recommended for fans of the British royals.


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