Flying Solo

Linda Holmes follows her hit title Evvie Drake Starts Over with another winner: Flying Solo. Laurie Sassalyn volunteers to clean out her favorite aunt Dot’s house after her death. Her four brothers are all too busy, and since Laurie is a freelancer and is in between jobs, she is the logical choice. But when Laurie returns to her hometown in Maine to work on the house, she is dismayed to find it is crammed with her aunt’s memorabilia. She enlists the help of a local man who offers to sell what pieces he thinks would command a profit, but she soon finds out he isn’t what he seems. But Laurie sets out to right a wrong with her youngest brother’s help, and finds romance along the way with an old boyfriend. I very much enjoyed this, it’s a great light summer read.

Again, Rachel

Rachel is a recovering addict working as a therapist at a rehabilitation center for addicts in Ireland (which she also attended years ago). She is happy with her job, her family, and her boyfriend. She receives an ‘invitation’ to attend the funeral of the mother of her ex-husband and is thrown off-kilter considering whether or not to attend. She hasn’t seen or spoken to her ex for about 6 years. Luke left her and moved to the United States and she has unresolved issues regarding the end of their marriage. The story includes colorful details of Rachel’s patients at the rehab center as she tries to help them recover from their various addictions. With humor and regret, Rachel revisits the past as she confronts her ex-husband and faces the truth about the end of their relationship. This is book #7 in the Walsh family series although it is fine to read as a stand alone novel. Recommended.

The Mitten: An Ukrainian Folktale

If you’re looking to learn more about the Ukraine, the children’s book, The Mitten: An Ukrainian Folktale is one way to explore. This charming folktale published in the 1980’s teaches the ideas of helping others in need and sharing limited resources. The illustrations are bold with clean lines. This is story to be read year after year starting with little ones aged 4-5.

Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2022

If you haven’t been to Florida’s Disney World in a while, it has gotten more complicated to navigate. This comprehensive guide, available in 2022, gives a ton of information about the park, but give yourself a lot of time to peruse its 744 pages. The Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World Official Vacation Guide is also helpful, not as comprehensive, but much easier to skim for tips. Definitely check these out before you go…

I Survived Graphic series

There are 6 books now available in the popular Lauren Tarshis ‘I Survived’ series. This under 100 page book series is popular with the younger set. The graphic editions are equally attractive and closely follow the original title. Available in graphic format so far are the I Survived: 1) Shark Attacks 2) Nazi Invasion 3) September 11 Attacks 4) Attack of the Grizzlies 5) Hurricane Katrina and 6) Sinking of the Titanic. Most of these titles are also available in a digital format to be read on a device free through Overdrive/Libby.