Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Big Little Lies by Laine Moriarity

Pages :  280
Publisher:  Putnam

Just what are the "Big Little Lies"?  As the story begins, we know that there has been a murder but we don't know who has been murdered and who did it.  We know that it happened in "Trivia Night" at the school.  Set in Australia, we find our three central characters, Jane, Madeline, and Celeste in the middle of lies.  Madeline is having to deal with her ex-husband and his new family moving near by and the fear that her teenage daughter will choose her father's new family over her.  Celeste, a very beautiful woman, married to the well-to-do handsome with two twin boys has life that is seems to be falling apart but why?  Jane, a single mother, moves into the community and immediately finds her 5 year old son being accused of bullying in his new school.  Live are not as they seem on the outside as we learn more about the residents of this community.   How do "big little lies" change lives and just what are "big little lies"?

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book very much, it was a look at how well meaning and often forgettable lies can come back to hurt a person and the people they love in the end.  I would recommend this for book groups, a lot of issues and situations to make a lively discussion.

Homecoming: a novel by Bernhard Schlink

The Homecoming: a novel 
by Bernhard Schlink

274 pages
Publisher:  Alfred A. Knopf

A child of WWII, Peter Debauer grew up with his mother and a few memories of his father, a victim of war.   Peter begins a search for his father's story and his father.   Peter creates a man who uses words to stay alive.  Peter's search takes him to New York with the hope of seeing his father.   He meets the famous political  science professor,  John de Baur who is know for his incendiary philosophy and charismatic rapport with student and who may change his life forever.  Will Peter learn who his father is and let that story define him  or will his love for Barbara win.

My thoughts;  I enjoyed the beginning of the book and would have liked to have more in the story of Peter and his grandparents given to us but after the  war years.   The story, however, becomes more complicated and contrived as Peter grows up and begins the search for his father and the ending of his grandparents story.    

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry

  • Series: Cotton Malone
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345526570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345526571
  • Narrator: Scott Brick

Book Jacket Summary:September 1861All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?
The presentIn Utah, the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers whose nineteenth-century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the official investigation of an international entrepreneur, an elder in the Mormon church, has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator. In Denmark, a Justice Department agent, missing in action, has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealot—a man driven by divine visions to make a prophet’s words reality. And in a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase.
 All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It’s just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict—a constitutional war secretly set in motion more than two hundred years ago by America’s Founding Fathers.
 From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim specter of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Malone risks life, liberty, and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln—while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance

My Thoughts: Steve Berry like Dan Brown picks things from the past and brings them to modern day conspiracies. Both authors go into great detail, and always make you think "what if".

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"The Marriage Pact" by Linda Lael Miller

Product DetailsThe women of Bliss County are ready to meet the men of their dreams! See how it all begins in this enthralling new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Ten years ago, Hadleigh Stevens was eighteen and this close to saying "I do," when Tripp Galloway interrupted her walk down the aisle. Now that she's recovered from her youthful mistake and Tripp's interference, Hadleigh and her single friends form a marriage pact. She doesn't expect Tripp to meddle with her new plan to find Mr. Right—or to discover that she's more attracted to him than ever!

Divorced and eager to reconnect with his cowboy roots, Tripp returns to Bliss County to save his ailing father's ranch. He's not looking for another wife—certainly not his best friend's little sister. But he's never been able to forget Hadleigh. And this time, if she ends up in his arms, he won't be walking away!

"Miller has created unforgettable characters and woven a many-faceted yet coherent and lovingly told tale." –Booklist on McKettrick's Choice

366 pages

"Texas True" by Janet Dailey

Product DetailsA New York Times Bestselling Author He's the one who got away. The cowboy who claimed Natalie Haskell's heart before taking off on a tour of duty, planning never to return. But Beau Tyler is back, and she feels defenseless against the powerful pull of the brawny soldier. Especially when, suddenly widowed, she needs the shelter of his strong arms. Natalie's the girl Beau left behind but never forgot, despite his battle-scarred soul. And now she's the real reason he's staying on at the ranch.

Very entertaining and interesting read. It moved along at a good pace to hold your interest make you not want to put it down. Just enough suspense.

421 pages

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Title:  JOEL
Author:  Joel Sonnenberg with Gregg Lewis
Copyright:  2004
214 pages

In this book you meet Joel, a young man who has been transformed from a lifeless lump of coal into
a diamond of rare beauty.  At the age of two, Joel Sonnenberg was severely burned in an automobile
accident.  This is a story of how a two-year-old boy grew to be a young man who has beaten what seems to be insurmountable odds.  Forty-five surgeries, the physical and emotional pain of dealing with facial and bodily disfigurement, have given Joel a very unique perspective from which to see the world.  Today, Joel considers his disability to be a special gift from God.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Author:  Max Lucado
copyright 2013
128 pages

There is much about Heaven that we don't yet understand. Max Lucado invites us on a journey to help us better understand death and the promise of the hereafter.  This book gives a better understanding of death, the grave and the hereafter.  Here is a quote from his book that is very encouraging for every believer in Christ.  "Upon death, our souls will journey immediately to the presence of God while we await the resurrection of our bodies."