Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Wives of Los Alamos by Tarashea Nesbit

This book is a fascinating look at life at the Los Alamos research laboratory during the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.  While the book is called a novel, it is more of a non-fiction look at life for the wives of the scientists in this remote secret location.  The wives were not allowed to tell their families or friends where they were, and some had their names changed. The book tells of their day-to-day lives, socializing and raising their children, all in an atmosphere of utmost secrecy.  Once the bomb has been dropped and the war is over, they return to their civilian lives, knowing that they have been involved in an event that will change life on this planet forever.  The book is written in the first person plural ("our husbands, our children," etc.) and can be a bit disconcerting, but it is a very interesting look at this aspect of the war effort.  Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore Public Library

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

 
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by: Paula Hawkins
 
 
Rachel rides the commuter train to work each day and looks out at the homes as she rides along.  Once upon a time, one of the homes was hers until her husband had an affair and left her.  Now he and his new wife and baby daughter live there.  One day Rachel sees something from the train window.  Because Rachel is lonely, broke, and jealous of her ex husband's new life she ends up getting embroiled in a murder mystery connected with what she witnessed from the train window which is only several houses down to her former home.  Be ready to want to read "just one more chapter" if you pick up this book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library
 


Friday, January 16, 2015

KISSES FROM KATIE: A STORY OF RELENTLESS LOVE AND REDEMPTION

 
KISSES FROM KATIE, A STORY OF RELENTLESS LOVE AND REDEMPTION by Katie Davis with Beth Clark
 
 
 
Katie Davis was a girl who had it all!  She was senior class president, homecoming queen, got good grades and even drove a sports car!  Her parents were planning for her to go to college but when Katie was 16 years old she told her parents she wanted to do a year of mission work after high school.  Her parents were stunned.  This wasn't the plan they had for their daughter.  Over Christmas break of her senior year, her parents let her spend her vacation in Africa volunteering in an orphanage probably hoping she "would come to her senses."  Instead, Katie fell in love with Uganda and was determined to return when she graduated.  Because of her parents reluctance to see her give up college she initially agreed to spend just one year in Uganda and then return home to attend college.  After living in Uganda for a year though, Katie found she no longer felt at home in the United States and her short time at college was a disaster for her.   By age 22, Katie was living full-time in Uganda and had adopted 14 children.    This book is very uplifting and amazing.  What a big heart and dream Katie has!  She has done so much for so many people!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library
 


Monday, January 12, 2015

Dead Heading by Catherine Aird

I have been reading Catherine Aird's clever cozy mysteries for over forty years.  "Dead Heading" again finds Det. Chief Inspector C.D. Sloan and his somewhat dim side kick, DC Crosby, trying to untangle several mysterious occurrences.  Someone has sabotaged two plant nurseries, killing off the orchids.  The doctor's retired receptionist has also not been seen for several weeks.  By following all the leads, talking to witnesses, and with a good supply of gardening knowledge, Sloan is able to tie up the loose ends of the crimes-and there are plenty of clues for the readers to help them reach the same conclusions.  For readers who like a good puzzle but not much violence-reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore P.L.

Friday, January 9, 2015

WINTER GARDEN

 
WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah
 
This novel is mysterious and haunting and stays with you after you finish reading it.  Two sisters grow up with a cold, unloving mother.  When the girls were young, their mother had often told them a strange story but never finished the story.  Eventually, as the girls grew up, their mother stopped telling them the story.  Fast forward to when the girls are adults and their father is dying.  He has his daughters make him a promise, they must have their mother finish the story she used to tell them when they were small.  Little do these two daughters realize how their lives will change when they finally hear the end of the story. 
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Monday, January 5, 2015

FINDING COLIN FIRTH; ONE SUMMER, THREE WOMEN, AND MR. DARCY

 
FINDING COLIN FIRTH: ONE SUMMER, THREE WOMEN, AND MR. DARCY by Mia March
 
 
This fun book follows the lives of three women whose lives intersect and become entwined.  It all takes place in a small Maine town where a Colin Firth movie is being filmed.  One woman is looking to score an interview with Mr. Firth, one woman is looking for her biological mother and the third woman is a waitress who makes incredible pies and is hired as an extra for the movie.  Read this rollicking novel and find out what they all have in common!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Saturday, January 3, 2015

SEVEN LETTERS FROM PARIS


SEVEN LETTER FROM PARIS, A MEMOIR by Samantha Verant
 

This book is so wonderfully romantic, it is hard to believe it is a memoir not a novel!  Samantha and her friend took a vacation to Paris when they were very young.  They met two handsome young, French men and spent 2 days with them. Jean Luc told Samantha he had fallen in love with her and when she got back to the states he wrote her seven letters.  She answered none of them.  Fast forward twenty years.  Samantha is unhappy in her marriage and decides to check social media to see if she can locate Jean Luc.  They reconnect but you will have to read this book to see what transpires!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library