Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

The Giver of Stars

November 6, 2019

indexThe latest novel by Jojo Moyes is a gripping tale of the “packhorse” librarians who travelled around Kentucky in the 1930’s, delivering books to families in remote and outlying areas. Eleanor Roosevelt had developed the idea to support literacy, and the women who undertook that task were brave and determined to complete their routes to the best of their abilities. This job was not for the faint of heart; they faced wild animals and wilder men who had been hitting the homemade moonshine and thus very unprincipled. And women had very few rights at that time, although one of the main heroines, Alice, leaves her husband after her father-in-law punches her in the face for “sassing” him. But she has the support of her friends and fellow librarians, Margery, Izzy, Beth and Sophia.Moyes has again written a story that you just can’t put down… I give it 5 stars!

A Terrible Country

September 18, 2019

index.aspxAndrei Kaplan journeys to Russia to take care of his ailing grandmother after his brother must suddenly leave the country. Keith Gessen pens an interesting comparison of everyday life in 2008 Russia with its counterpart in the U.S. Andrei is still waiting to land a job in his field of Russian literature, so a trip to Russia cannot fail to have a positive impact on his career, he reasons. His Baba Seva is about to turn 90, and is struggling with the beginnings of dementia, and Andrei learns from her what it feels like to outlive almost all of your friends. Gessen mixes humor in with his details of Russian economics and politics, which makes for an entertaining read.

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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