On Christmas Eve Frank Mercy’s life changes forever. He is an ex-cop/current horse trainer living in Brisbane, Australia. Having run off to escape his misery when an accident dismantled his beloved career and left him with an awful limp, Frank has finally found happiness and love. His recent marriage to Natalie and her beloved close-knit family has filled Frank’s life back up with more emotional connections than he ever dreamed possible. Until Christmas Eve, when he left his beautiful bride for only a small walk and a tsunami destroyed their entire world. On a volunteer rescue mission, during complete and utter chaos Frank saves a little boy named Ian. He cannot resist this small silent boy who was orphaned by this horrible calamity. Law abiding Frank decides to follow his heart instead of the rules and now his life, his future has irretrievably changed course forever. Home in Wisconsin on the family farm Frank comes back to life, he meets and trains Claudia, an Olympic hopeful. His family is extremely supportive and thrilled to have him near once again. But Ian is “special” and as the piles of lies and stories begin to muck up their lives, the difficult truth emerges and so do the bad guys. I thoroughly enjoyed this suspenseful page-turner filled with love, family, friendship and a little boy who could change the world and everyone in it. Highly recommend this fabulous new read!
Sunday, March 20, 2016
As April 1 (April Fools Day!) approaches, it only means one thing to highschool seniors around the country, college decision time is here. The Admissions, by fabulous author Meg Mitchell Moore, follows the Hawthorne family through this harrowing ordeal. Dad, a successful businessman; Mom, hanging out her real estate shingle and their kids Maya, Cecily and Angela. They seem like an average busy American family living in one of the most competitive expensive areas in the country, northern California. Angela is fiercely fighting for her place as track team star, valedictorian and successful highschool senior while maintaining good daughter, sister and friend status and is at her wits end. As Angela navigates this slippery slope she finds dangerous ways to stay up later, run faster and fight harder, the only thing on her mind is Harvard, Early Decision. Her battle for this position strains the entire family and their perfect picture begins to crumble. If this sounds like an exaggeration or dramatic play on college applications, it most certainly is not. It is an accurate measure of the insanely scary process tempting even the most conservative, protective parents who swear they will never subject their children to this over the top behavior. The possibility of the lottery like effect is too tempting even to the most concerned parents. Absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed this amazing new novel. Hilarious at times and heartening at others, I could not put this fabulous read!
When Laurel was in college in Berkeley she thought of herself as a free spirit. Beautiful, smart and engaged to a boy from a prominent Boston family - considered way out of her league – she was full of life, hope and every dream a young girl could possibly have. These visions are destroyed as the Vietnam War heightens, her fiancé enlists and is tragically killed. Laurel is stripped of every happiness she has ever known and every plan made. She finds a job in the English countryside as a watchful companion of a wealthy, eccentric woman thought to be the infamous and scandalous Duchess of Marlborough, who has been living a secluded, isolated life under an alias. Thirty years later secrets catch up with Laurel as her daughter, Annie, accompanies her back to the English countryside to finish some paperwork and bury her past even deeper than she already has. But Annie, clever and curious, begins to put the pieces together. Who exactly lived in the rambling, decrepit home, what importance does the old book have that she swiped from her mother and who exactly is her biological father? Fabulous author Michelle Gable takes us on a whirlwind journey through the unbreakable bond of mother and daughter. When the truth is finally uncovered there is nothing Laurel would not do to protect the one she loves. Highly recommend this easy enjoyable read. Ms. Gable’s first book, A Paris Apartment, was outstanding and I equally enjoyed my journey through the English countryside. Although, I note that although Paris is in this title, the story has little to do with Paris, as her first novel did.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Life in South Korea seemed simple to Yeong-Hye.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
I have read everything Pulitzer Prize winning author
Author Lynne Martin says “Postpone Nothing.” I say,