Friday, November 21, 2014

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett


Edge of Eternity
by 
Ken Follett

Dutton Adult
Pages:  1120

Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they make their way through the twentieth century. It has been called “potent, engrossing” (Publishers Weekly) and “truly epic” (Huffington Post). USA Today said, “You actually feel like you’re there.”

Edge of  Eternity, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll.
 
East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she’s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for generations… George Jakes, himself bi-racial, bypasses corporate law to join Robert F. Kennedy’s Justice Department and finds himself in the middle of not only the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but also a much more personal battle… Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is much more dangerous than he’d imagined… Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Khrushchev, becomes an agent for good and for ill as the Soviet Union and the United States race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister, Tania, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw—and into history.
 
These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as they add their personal stories and insight to the most defining events of the 20th century. From the opulent offices of the most powerful world leaders to the shabby apartments of those trying to begin a new empire, from the elite clubs of the wealthy and highborn to the passionate protests of a country’s most marginalized citizens, this is truly a drama for the ages.
 
With the Century Trilogy, Follett has guided readers through an entire era of history with a master’s touch. His unique ability to tell fascinating, brilliantly researched stories that captivate readers and keep them turning the pages is unparalleled. In this climactic and concluding saga, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.
(Amazon)

My Thoughts:

I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole Century Trilogy.  

Going through the Century with these families and seeing how world events brings families together and also separates them was intriguing.  The books in the trilogy do a wonderful job of relating historical fact with the family sagas and bringing out the details of how families were effected by the current events such as civil rights, communism, the cold war, woman's rights, and political changes.

I would recommend the books to anyone who likes contemporary historical fiction. 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


A Man Called Ove: A Novel
by 
Fredrik Backman
ATRIA Books
978-1-4767-3801
337 Pages


A delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.
(Amazon.com)

My Thoughts - I thought that this was fun book - since we all know a grumpy old man and most can identify with an older person who is ready to go on to the next world.   Ove is just trying to rush his final days until he meets his new neighbors and re-kindles a long lost friendship.  

Ove shows that even in old age, a person can grow, change, and feel like he is important in the life of another.   The love story between Ove and his wife is filled with challenges but they show that love can overcome many obstacles and in spite of their problems the love they shared was amazing.

I enjoyed the story and think that it is a good story for all ages.   It is a great reminder for all that we are important no matter our age.




Monday, November 17, 2014

HIDDEN MERCIES by Serena B. Miller

At seventeen Tobias Miller smashed his cousin's car into a tree, killing his brother only four hours before he was scheduled to marry Claire Shetler.  Unable to live with his father's anger and grief, Tobias left the Amish church and ran away to join the Marines.  Twenty-seven years later, Tobias, now called Tom, returns to his hometown of Mt. Hope, Ohio, a wounded Marine helicopter pilot.  He ends up renting an apartment over Claire's workshop. 


A widowed Amish midwife, Claire is struggling to support her family.  When Tom rents her room she does not recognize him.  She only sees the money as a godsend, though she is nervous about having a strange man so close by. 


As Claire and Tom fight their way through the traumas of the past, they discover the tender mercies God has hidden along the way--including a loving father who has been praying for his prodigal son to come home and a God who can make all things new.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Homecoming by Robyn Carr

Product DetailsAt nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Then he lost it all in a terrible accident that ended his professional football career when it had barely begun. Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken. But now he has an opportunity to return home and show his father ? and the people of Thunder Point ? that he's ready to be the man who will make them all proud.


9781410471451
437 pages

Home Fires by Lois Greiman

Product DetailsCassie Carmichael's accidental dude ranch is well on its way, but the residents of her Hope Springs haven are running wild. With an unwed mother-to-be, a turbulent teen romance and a bronco horse-riding grandmother to contend with the last thing Cassie has time for is a romantic relationship.


9781628992250
398 pages

Blood Trails by Sharon Sala

Product Details
Her father's deathbed confession reveals that
Holly Slade's real father was almost certainly the
notorious serial killer known as "The Hunter," and
that her mother gave Holly up to save her life. But
The Hunter was never caught -- and Holly's mother simply
vanished. Haunted, driven, Holly leaves her home and Bud
Tate, the handsome ranch foreman she's afraid to love, to
search for her father - and hopes her mother was wrong.


9781410443335
391 pages

Blood Stains by Sharon Sala

Product DetailsAt the reading of her father's will, Maria Slade receives shocking news—as a four-year-old, she'd witnessed her prostitute mother's murder and been taken into hiding by the well-meaning preacher who'd raised her as his own.
Maria remembers none of that. But now she's determined to flush her mother's killer out of hiding and discover the identity of her birth father. She heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she meets Detective Bodie Scott.Empathizing with this beautiful woman looking to find out who she really is, he opens the decades-old case file. Their investigation leads them down a dangerous path, where no one is what they seem. Where a father does not want to be found. And a murderer has "like mother, like daughter" in mind for Maria.


Part of a series call "The Searcher".  Excellent


9781410436856
425 pages