Reviews for 'Adult Summer Reading 2014'


82 reviews available
Title
Hana's Suitcase
Author
Karen Levine
Review
A true story about a suitcase that arrived at a children's Holocaust education center in Tokyo in 2000. The curator went on a search to find out about the little girl, Hana Brady, who owned the suitcase - what happened to her? Did she live or die? What was her life like?
I listened to the audio book - it was only 2 discs - a short but haunting story.
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Date Posted
8/4/2014
Title
Thankless in Death
Author
JD Robb
Review
Another in the "In Death" series about a NY homicide detective named Eve Dallas. This time, they know the murderer right away but have to find him. And they always do.
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Date Posted
8/4/2014
Title
Swan Point
Author
Sherryl Woods
Review
This is the latest book in the Sweet Magnolias series. Adelia
Hernandez is recently divorced, with 4 children, who know that they have a father who does not care about them. Adelia is concerned for their welfare and not looking for romance. She has moved into a new house that needs an overhaul to make it live able. Gabe Franklin comes back to town to help his cousin. Mitch in construction. The 2 have an attraction, but Adelia is nervous about the kids becoming attached to Gabe.
This book deals with infidelity and abuse. Good read.
Rating
Date Posted
8/2/2014
Title
Vintage
Author
Susan Gloss
Review
Violet Turner owns a vintage clothing and accessories shop in small town in Wisconsin. She is approached by her customer/ benefactor to see if she has an internship to give a newly pregnant 18 year old named April, she agrees, and April enters the picture. Along the way, both stories are told.violet believes that the clothing has a story to tell because they are from past decades. The customer list continues to grow, with Lane, a mom of 3, who used to be in theater, and Amithi, an Indian woman with a hobby of sewing and embroidery.
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Date Posted
8/2/2014
Title
ONE PLUS ONE
Author
JOJO MOYES
Review
This is a very good story and a very fast read. It tells the story of a single mom, her daughter and the "son" who is living with her who really isn't her son but belongs to her ex-husband.
Amazing things happen to make this book a fast, and enjoyable read.
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Date Posted
8/1/2014
Title
INSIDE OF A DOG
Author
ALEXANDRA HOROWITZ
Review
I listened to an audio book. The book discusses how a dog perceives his daily world, the other dogs, and that quirky animal......the human.
It makes you laugh and you learn a great deal from the dog's perspective.
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Date Posted
8/1/2014
Title
The Promise
Author
Robyn Carr
Review
Another in the Thunder Point series. Peyton Lacoumette applies for a job as a physician's assistant to the town's only doctor, Scott Grant. Scott is widowed with 2 small children. Peyton is just out of a bad 3 year relationship. As small towns do, they welcome Peyton, and she realizes there is plenty to keep her there.
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Date Posted
7/29/2014
Title
The Light in the Ruins
Author
Chris Bohjalian
Review
Historical fiction...A family becomes prisoners in their home in Florence during World War II. The story line jumps back and forth between 2 different time periods, while a murder investigation transpires. Multiple characters with lack of character development.
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Date Posted
7/29/2014
Title
The End of the Point
Author
Elizabeth Graver
Review
The story takes place in Ashaunt Point, Massachusetts. It has provided a sanctuary and anchored life for generations of the Porter family. In 1942, the army arrives bringing havoc and change.
It is an excellent story that probes the different lives of all the characters.
Rating
Date Posted
7/28/2014
Title
October Suite
Author
Maxine Clair
Review
This novel is a good summer read. It is essentially the story of a black school teacher in the mid-west in which we learn of the rules and regulations under which she must live. The book is well written and reads easily, although I was unfamiliar with some of the terms used.
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Date Posted
7/28/2014
Title
Messenger
Author
Lois Lowry
Review
This is the third book in The Giver cluster that brings the stories together and really makes you think about connections between people and our connection to the world as a whole. A very moving story of love and sacrifice.
Rating
Date Posted
7/28/2014
Title
Gathering Blue
Author
Lois Lowry
Review
This is a companion to The Giver, not quite a sequel but a look at a parallel society during the same time. Also a provocative look at how differences are treated and it's impact on a successful community.
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Date Posted
7/28/2014
Title
The Giver
Author
Lois Lowry
Review
The story of a future society that has created an ideal world, free of any problems...or is it? One boy together with his mentor consider opening everyone's eyes to what else there is to life. A very thought provoking read that leaves you wanting more.
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Date Posted
7/28/2014
Title
The Gamble
Author
Kristen Ashley
Review
Nina Sheridan goes to to Colorado for a vacation, only to find out that the house she thought was hers, actually had the owner still there. Holden "Max" Maxwell, rescues a sick Nina and winds up taking care of her. They develop an interesting relationship. This is not just a love story, but a real in depth exploration of a relationship. The book is lengthy, but a wonderful read.
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Date Posted
7/27/2014
Title
Giving In
Author
Maya Banks
Review
Kylie Breckenridge has a lot of personal pain. She has suffered abuse at the hand of her biological father, and she has lost her protector in life, her brother. She is administrative assistant in the company that her brother was partner in. She is confronted with Jensen Tucker, a partner who confronts her and introduces her to opening up to trust and love again. A love story with a message.
Rating
Date Posted
7/27/2014
Title
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street
Author
Gilman, Susan
Review
This is a wonderfully authentic story of "Lillian Dunkle", née Malka Treynovsky. Born a Jew who immigrated to America with her family from Russia, a series of misfortunes leads Malka to be raised by an Italian family, the Canellis. As a child whose birth mother constantly told Malka she was a "meeskite" and caused nothing but trouble, Malka manages to survive due to her intelligence and feisty nature. Unfortunately she also becomes bitter, cynical and unethical in her rise to become "The Ice Cream Queen". I was sad when I turned the last page and the book ended! Excellent!
Rating
Date Posted
7/27/2014
Title
Princess Margaret
Author
Theo Aronson
Review
A well written account of Princess Margaret.
Rating
Date Posted
7/27/2014
Title
The North Wing
Author
Susan Butler
Review
Chick lit.
Rating
Date Posted
7/27/2014
Title
The Art Forger
Author
B.A.Shapiro
Review
Amazing
Rating
Date Posted
7/27/2014
Title
Mountbatten
Author
Brian Hoey
Review
interesting
Rating
Date Posted
7/27/2014
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