Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Wow, I can not remember ever being so comsumed by a book. I literally didn't want to put it down. I replayed the book over and over again in my head for days after finishing it. I felt truly connected with the characters and the things they were going through. Night Road is a beautiful story of tragedy and heartbreak, growing up, falling in love and how people deal with grief. I was impressed by Kristin Hannah's ability to develop her characters into seemingly real people. I highly recommend this book, you might want a box of tissues on hand however.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sixth Man by David Baldacci

Investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are brought in on the case of Edgar Roy, an alleged serial killer awaiting trail. Roy's attorney is Sean's old friend and mentor, Ted Bergin. Before their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. King and Maxwell work to solve Bergin's murder and to determine whether or not Edgar Roy is the killer he is accused of being.

Although I enjoy Baldacci and his conspiracy theories, I would rate this book as average. Although it is suspenseful, the characters are one-dimensional and the plot is disappointing.

A Heart for Home By Lauraine Snelling

This is the 16th book about the Bjorklund family set in the fictional town of Blessing, North Dakota. After 16 books the characters seem like family and I await news from the Bjorklund family as if it were my own. In this book Astrid Bjorklund returns home as a fully trained physician. Will she marry Joshua or is her profession coming between them? The town of Blessing at the turn of the century is growing and changing with the times. The overall theme of the Blessing series is God's faithfulness through good and bad times. This book also deals with life on an Indian Reservation and some of the horrors that occurred to Native Americans. While there are some life lessons in this book, overall it is just a good fiction read about characters I have come to know.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Friendship Bread by Darien Gee

Friendship Bread is an uplifting book set in the fictitious town of Avalon, Illinois. Julie Evarts is in mourning for her young son Josh, who died under the care of her sister Livvy. The two sisters were estranged until a bag of Amish Bread starter and a baked loaf were left on Julia's front porch. Who started this unstoppable baking-chain?
Darien Gee introduces her readers to a group of interesting people, including a famed cellist Hannah de Brisay, a career-driven journalist Edie, an energetic laundromat attendant Connie Coll and a wise tea salon owner Madeline Davis. The novel celebrates community, friendship and overcoming the past. It also includes many bread recipes and website information.