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Reviews
Title
The Balancing Act: The Horse in Sport
Author
Gerd Heuschman
Review
A very interesting book for equestrians. The author discusses what it means to be a responsible rider, and offers horse friendly training ideas.
Genre
nonfiction
Rating
Title
Bone Crossed
Author
Patricia Briggs
Review
The fourth book in her Mercy Thompson series, about a shapeshifter, werewolves, fae, and vampires. A fun summer read of you like this genre.
Genre
fantasy
Rating
Title
The Undead Pool
Author
Kim Harrison
Review
The latest book in her supernatural Hollows series. Not as good as her others, but I love all the characters and enjoyed the book.
Genre
Fantasy
Rating
Title
The Lemonade War
Author
Jacqueline Davies
Review
First book in series. If you like books about sibling rivalry, you will enjoy this book. Personally, I didn't.
Genre
children's fiction
Rating
Title
The Hotel on Place Vendome
Author
Tilar J. Mazzeo
Review
Very information story about the Ritz Hotel primarily during WWII and the intrigue going on there - both good and bad. Ernest Hemmingway and Coco Channel's scandalous behavior was more than touched upon.
Genre
non-fiction
Rating
Title
The Kitchen House
Author
Kathleen Grissom
Review
Taking place during the late 1700s to the early 1800s in the United States, Kathleen Grissom's debut novel focusses on two separate young women: Belle, a biracial slave who is the illegitimate daughter of her master, and Lavinia, a white Irish indentured servant who is contracted to serve Belle's father until she is eighteen years old.

Lavinia is placed in Belle's care, and the two work in Belle's father's kitchen house and big house with slaves named Mama Mae, Papa George, Ben, Fanny, Beattie, and Uncle Jacob, all of whom barring Uncle Jacob are related to one another. Mama Mae, Papa George, their children (Ben, Fannie, and Beattie), and Uncle Jacob quickly embrace Lavinia. Over time, she forms deep familial bonds with them all. In particular, Mama Mae becomes a supportive, compassionate mother figure to Lavinia whom she frequently turns to for guidance, and while Belle is initially opposed to taking Lavinia in, she eventually develops a deep love for Lavinia, becoming both a steadfast friend and a caring big sister to her. Similarly, Mama Mae, her husband and children, and Uncle Jacob regard Belle as family, and she views them in a similar way.

Overall, Grissom writes Belle and the novel's other slaves who work in the kitchen house and big house as three-dimensional characters who are believable in their reactions to events and are likable in their characterizations. In particular, Belle is a compelling character. She is a tough, intelligent woman who is kind, brave, and fiercely loyal. Her chapters are very down to earth and raw in how they express emotion. One can experience her feelings in certain moments just from the way Grissom writes them through her point of view. Specifically, there is one chapter in which Marshall, Belle's father's son and her half-brother, violently rapes her in the kitchen house. One can truly feel the emotional pain Belle experienced from that traumatic incident, as well as the terror she feels around Marshall after it transpires. Unfortunately, Lavinia is a rather dull character with little depth and complexity. Because of this, I found it difficult to emotionally connect with her, even though she (like Belle) had gone through much abuse over the course of the novel, especially once she married Marshall after being freed from her contract as an indentured servant. To me, while Lavinia's chapters did a great job of painting characters such as Mama Mae, Papa George, Fanny, Beattie, Uncle Jacob, the plantation owner's psychotic wife Martha, and (in a way that I enjoyed hating him) Marshall, they failed to really shed much light on Lavinia herself as a person. I would have liked more to have been revealed about her personality and seen her emotions expressed in a more visceral manner. That way, I could have probably been just as engaged in her chapters as I was in Belle's.

Overall, the novel is historically informative with descriptions that are very detailed and easy for readers to visualize. In my opinion, Grissom's decision to focus on two protagonists with different points of view as opposed to one was a wise one. In doing this, one can see how Belle and Lavinia's lives are different from one another, as well as how some of the events they experience are similar. Sadly, Belle's chapters are far shorter than Lavinia's. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more written from Belle's point of view in each of her chapters, especially considering she is a more interesting character than Lavinia.
Genre
Historical Fiction
Rating
Title
Two Sisters
Author
Mary Hogan
Review
When I read books like Two Sisters, I admit that I question the wisdom of wishing I had a sister. Muriel certainly seems like she would have been better off if she hadn't had one.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Swimming Though Clouds
Author
Rajeep Paulus
Review
Couldn't put the book down.
Very well written by one of our town town resident.
Parts of the book are very difficult to get through but stick with it.
It's something I tell my kids, never judge anyone. You never know what happens behind closed door.
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
Easy
Author
Tamara Webber
Review
Loved it!
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Spell Bound
Author
Rachel Hawkins
Review
This book was a crazy ride, and I loved it! It was a great end to the trilogy, but I'm going to miss the series!
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
The Golden Lily
Author
Ri chelle Mead
Review
Richelle Mead is again the master of memorable scenes and addicting writing in The Golden Lily. I absolutely love how Mead planned a perfect installment to the series.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
The fault in our stars
Author
John Green
Review
The Fault in Our Stars had me laughing and crying, then laughing more and crying more.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Murder and Mendelssohn
Author
Kerry Greenwood
Review
Smart, sexy detective in 1920s Australia solves murder among musicians. Always a fun series.
Genre
Mystery
Rating
Title
Let it go
Author
T. D. Jakes
Review
Learn how the gift of forgiveness can empoer you to live a better life. Scripture is quoted through out this amazing book.DB 74594
Genre
Non Fiction
Rating
Title
Practical Praying
Author
John Edward
Review
The Rosary and how powerful it is with a collction of prayers this psychic-medium uses before each session. A CD with Roma Downey and John Edward will walk you through the Rosary and healing meditation.
Genre
Non Fuction
Rating
Title
Ready Player One
Author
Ernest Cline
Review
This book takes place in the not-so-distant future, where everyone can plug into a computer system to play, go to school, earn money, meet people, etc. without leaving their home. It's a fascinating, fun book with lots of references to 1980's pop culture - if you like that and scifi, you will love this book.
Genre
science fiction
Rating
Title
Winter of the World
Author
Ken Follett
Review
Sequel to Fall of Giants. Continued greatness. I couldn't put the book down. This is the second book of a trilogy, and deals with events leading up to and during WWII. I cannot wait for the final installment in September.
Genre
historical fiction
Rating
Title
open house
Author
Elizabeth Berg
Review
At first, I was pleasantly surprised when I picked this one up. Berg described feelings and characters in such detail that I was eager to read more of her work. I really felt for Sam, the main character, and I loved how Berg added Sam's inner thoughts as an aside of the regular plot. I was debating between 4 and 5 stars because I kept thinking about what would happen at the end and I was really into the book.

Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
The Rescue
Author
Nicholas Sparks
Review
I have been a fan of Nicholas Sparks for quite sometime now and have already read couple of his books. While his other works – like “The Notebook”, “The Wedding” and “A Walk to Remember” – were brilliant, this book didn’t seem to fare as good as the others. It certainly lacking the *umph* factor that its predecessors had: a tear-jerking, warmth and an in-depth love story.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Marley and Me
Author
John Grogan
Review
This is a book for dog lovers, and for those who have been loved by a dog. The Grogans may not have been the best dog trainers in the world, and they may have made a common mistake of buying their dog from a backyard breeder, but what they did right was they loved their dog, and stayed devoted to him through his whole life, from puppyhood to old age.
Genre
nonfiction
Rating