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Adult Summer Reading Book Review: The Horse Dancer by Jo Jo Moyes

August 21, 2017

51gzQQN9t8L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_(3 stars – liked it) As a Jo Jo Moyes fan I was unfortunately a bit disappointed with this novel. It was too predictable. You knew almost from the start as to how it would end. However, it was still worth reading. Ms. Moyes knows how to engage the reader and does her research well. I did not know anything about the “dancing” French horses and how they and their riders were trained to perform. I would rate the book as a good summer read but definitely not the author’s best. – Adult Summer Reading Participant

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Invisible by Paul Auster

August 16, 2017

(4/5 stars – really liked it) Invisible has four parts. It begins being told in first person with “Spring.” This is where we get to know the main character, Adam, from his own account, in a very personal way. He’s at Columbia University (very knowable area for many of just-outside-of New-York-New-Yorkers) and experiencing life from a young student’s point of view-world is at his fingertips and he is just coming alive to his future possibilities. Something awful happens during this time with a loInvisibleNovelve triangle and a Columbia Professor that he is caught in a terrible situation that he had no control over, and didn’t see coming. This event will affect the rest of his life.

Then comes the next part, “Summer.” Here the story is told in second person, by Adam’s successful writer friend Jim, who has received writings from Adam. Here you learn about the love between Adam and his sister. This is an interesting part and almost feels like an entirely different book has begun.

And then in “Fall” the story is told in third person, after Adam’s death, put together with various bits and pieces of others accounts of Adam’s life, from their views and interviews. The constant thread of Adam’s life pulls you into forward through the book trying to find out what the TRUTH is of what really happened, and who Adam really is/was. I was a little disappointed that the ending left me still wanting answers, but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of storytellers in all their glorious perspectives. I feel “Invisible” refers maybe to the writer not being a constant, not a tangible, solid, character but rather a conglomerate of what others know of him and what they did to him hence making his story more of a vaporous cloud that forms and reshapes depending on who is doing the speaking. Is one a person in his own right or is one how others perceive him? – Trine G., Adult Summer Reading Participant

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

August 14, 2017

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(5/5 stars – loved it!) One of the strangest books I have read and I loved it. It is the story of 15 dogs who gain human intelligence while still, very much, keeping their canine nature. I found this book shocking, often very sad, occasionally funny, but throughout compelling. It is not just about dogs – Catherine A., Adult Summer Reading Participant

Beach House for Rent

August 12, 2017

11 bookI was looking for something light to read and this is perfect. The author, Mary Alice Monroe actually lives in or near the setting of the book, which happens to be the Isle of Palms in South Carolina. (I myself had visited the beautiful island last year during a trip to nearby Charleston. The island is home to a very good harbor/restaurant that offered delicious fresh seafood.) But back to the book… Monroe spins a lovely story of an owner who is looking to rent her Isle of Palms beach house after making repairs. Cara has lost her mother, and misses her greatly. She feels the last remaining piece of her mom in this beach house, so when Cara’s brother, a realtor, comes to persuade her to sell the house/property for a cool million, she is not interested, but agree to think on it. But after receiving an offer by a tenant looking to rent for the entire summer, Cara jumps on the offer, and the house is rented. I am only partly through the story, but am enjoying it and recommend it highly as a great beach read. Monroe is a NY Times best -selling author, and her novel The Beach House will be made into a Hallmark channel movie, premiering next year.

The Fifth Letter

February 7, 2017

bookThe author Nicola Moriarty is the younger sister of best-selling authors Liane (Truly Madly Guilty, etc.) and Jaclyn Moriarty, author of numerous teen novels. Nicola’s newest novel is the story of four friends on vacation: Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina. All have been friends since high school, all are married, and all have children, except for Joni. To spice up the vacation, Joni challenges the others to divulge a secret on paper, and each night they will read one letter aloud. But somehow a fifth letter is written, which Joni rescues from the fireplace one evening after everyone has gone to bed. It is a letter of ill feelings towards one person in the group, which sends Joni into a panic.Who could have possibly written it?

This romance novel is fun and light, a good distraction if you happen to be looking for one…


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