Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline (337 pages)

What would you do if a missing child photo looked just like your adopted child?  That's the dilemma of reporter Ellen Gleeson.  She just can't get the image out of her mind.  Is it possible that her son was kidnapped before being abandoned at the local hospital?  If that's the case, then was her adoption legal?  Gleeson can't imagine giving up her three year old after being his mom for two years.

Regardless of the consequences, Gleeson has to know the truth.  She can figure out what to do after she knows where her son came from.  As she delves into the mystery, Gleeson's job and even her life are at risk.

I give the book 3 stars out of 5.  The first half of the book dragged a bit for me.  When Scottoline introduced more characters and revealed more details I found it very enjoyable.  The writing isn't deep, but the subject matter gives the reader a lot to think about.  I'm looking forward to the Arnold Branch book group on this title.

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Inn at Rose Harbor (Rose Harbor #1) by Debbie Macomber

The Inn at Rose Harbor (Rose Harbor #1) by Debbie Macomber -- 330 pages

Jo Marie Barlow bought a Bed & Breakfast in hopes to start life fresh. She's still hurting from the death of her husband, but she's hopeful that Rose Harbor Inn will help her heal.
Not only will the B&B become a special home for her, it will also play an important role for the hurting people who come to stay there.

Debbie Macomber is a feel-good writer. Her writing doesn't challenge, the stories aren't ground breaking, but they're nice. It's the kind of reading I'd like to do if I was particularly tired or not feeling well.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame-181 pages

This is the story of the adventures of Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad and their friends. Toad goes from a frivolous, conceited being to being a humble, changed Toad, which, along with friendship and loyalty is the moral of the story. I enjoyed reading this, even though the target audience is children. It's cool that the author, Kenneth Grahame, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, since I have been there and it an interesting, historic city. I thought I had read this as a kid, but reading it now I don't remember. I wanted to read this for animals month, but didn't get it finished in time. However, I decided to finish it anyway.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
12 hours, 41 minutes

"The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920, with the words 'I was told that my father was killed in the war.' A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard.."  --book jacket summary

This is the first in The Clifton Chronicles, and includes a wonderful cast of characters.  It is a family saga, with all the secrets, black sheep, sage advisors, sacrificial love, and romance you would expect.  As different characters take turns relating the story, Archer uses their perspectives to increase the reader's curiosity and build suspense.  I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and am looking forward to continuing the series.  The reader was excellent, too.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan - 376 pages
The Trials of Apollo #1

Apollo has been punished by Zeus for allowing Gaea to almost awake and destroy the world.  He's been sent to earth as a teenage human boy.  He's immediately set upon by two thugs and is rescued by a nearly feral demigod god who attacks people with rotten fruit.  Now Apollo must serve this demigod all while trying to figure out what is happening to the oracles and why prophecies are no longer occurring.

This is the first book in Riordan's new Greek mythology series.  I didn't think I would like this book as Apollo as struck me as whiny and annoying, but I truly enjoyed it.  It was hard for me to put it down.  It was great to revisit some of my favorite characters from the previous Percy Jackson series.  I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rocky Road To Romance by Janet Evanovich

Rocky Road To Romance by Janet Evanovich, 249 pages

Back Before Turbo Twenty Three, Janet Evanovich wrote twelve short romance novels.  I have read about half of these and found most of them very, very light reading that were feel good funny.  Rocky Road to Romance is about a radio station owner named Steve who finds himself falling for Daisy, the dog loving traffic reporter and a dog named Bob (Janet Evanovich's first novel in which Bob appears as the name of a dog). Will two dog lovers find happiness together?

Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus, #2) by Art Spiegelman

  by Art Spiegelman-136 pages

In this second and final graphic novel in the series, Art Spiegelman finishes telling his father's Holocaust story. It is both harrowing and hopeful. The detail in which the Holocaust is described is heartbreaking and the Nazi atrocities described cause anger to rise in one. This series is a great read on one man's experience (which was probably similar to many other survivors' experiences) before and during the Holocaust. Overall, I am glad to have read these two books.