FINDING ONE’S SELF ON SUMMER ISLAND

SUMMER ISLAND

I JUST LOVE KRISTIN HANNAH!  This book is an easy read with a nice story and a lot to think about.  As an unknown author wrote …”What a person shows the world is only one tiny facet of the iceberg hidden from sight.  And more often than not, it’s lined with cracks and scars that go all the way to the foundation of their soul.  Never judge, learn to respect and acknowledge the feelings of another.

Here is the library synopsis:

The author of the cherished bestseller On Mystic Lake (also great!) returns with a poignant, funny, luminous novel about a mother and daughter–the complex ties that bind them, the past that separates them, and the healing that comes with forgiveness.

Years ago, Nora Bridge walked out on her marriage and left her daughters behind. She has since become a famous radio talk-show host and newspaper columnist beloved for her moral advice. Her youngest daughter, Ruby, is a struggling comedienne who uses her famous mother as fuel for her bitter, cynical humor. When the tabloids unearth a scandalous secret from Nora’s past, their estrangement suddenly becomes dramatic: Nora is injured in an accident and a glossy magazine offers Ruby a fortune to write a tell-all about her mother. Under false pretenses, Ruby returns home to take care of the woman she hasn’t spoken to for almost a decade.

Nora insists they retreat to Summer Island in the San Juans, to the lovely old house on the water where Ruby grew up, a place filled with childhood memories of love and joy and belonging. There Ruby is also reunited with her first love and his brother. Once, the three of them had been best friends, inseparable. Until the summer that Nora had left and everyone’s hearts had been broken. . . .

What began as an expose evolves, as Ruby writes, into an exploration of her family’s past. Nora is not the woman Ruby has hated all these years. Witty, wise, and vulnerable, she is desperate to reconcile with her daughter. As the magazine deadline draws near and Ruby finishes what has begun to seem to her an act of brutal betrayal, she is forced to grow up and at last to look at her mother–and herself–through the eyes of a woman. And she must, finally, allow herself to love.

Summer Island is a beautiful novel, funny, tender, sad, and ultimately triumphant.

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GOVERNMENT EXPERIMENT GONE WRONG!

THE PASSAGE

VIRALS OVERTAKE THE WORLD!!  THIS WAS A LONG BOOK!  I HAD A HARD TIME GETTING THROUGH IT ALL BUT IT WAS WORTH IT – I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THE TWELVE, THE NEXT BOOK IN THE TRILOGY! Looking back on the book, I think Michael is the most important character.  He was able to decipher the signal transmitted in Amy’s hidden computer chip that lead to a viral cure.  He was able to keep the power on in the compound against all odds and he could get engines started to help survivors travel long distances they otherwise could not have accomplished.  Amy will be the one to save the world!   Read on…

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival,The Passage is the story of Amy–abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape–but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

The story of Amy continues in The Twelve, coming soon. Look for a special preview in the back of the eBook.

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LOGGERHEAD MEANS MORE THAN “YOU DUMB ASS”

FIND OUT MORE BY READING THE BEACH HOUSE BY MARY ALICE MONROE!

THE BEACH HOUSE

THIS WAS A HEARTWARMING TALE ABOUT A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER COMING TO TERMS WITH EACH OTHER AT THE END OF THE MOTHER’S LIFE.  They begin to repair a long-suffering relationship based upon misunderstandings, for no one really knows the road another has walked or the reasons for the choices made until they are brought to light.  Saving the Loggerhead Turtles becomes a shared passion along with others along the Isle of Palms who help form a cohesive community.  This is also the tale of an unlikely romance for the daughter who avoided the institution of marriage because of her mother’s and father’s seemingly loveless relationship.

HERE IS THE SYNOPSIS FROM THE LIBRARY:

Known for her moving characters and emotional honesty, Mary Alice Monroe brings readers a beautifully rendered story that explores the fragile yet enduring bond between mothers and daughters.

Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother–coming just as her own life is spinning out of control–has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide “turtle lady” and renews old acquaintances long thought lost. But it is in reconnecting with her mother that she will learn life’s most precious lessons–true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven.

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MOTHER-IN-LAW RECOMMENDS BLOOD AND GUTS!

GUARDIAN

HERE I’M RECOMMENDING AUTHORS LIKE MAEVE BINCHY AND BOOKS LIKE OLIVE KITTERIDGE TO MY MOTHER-IN-LAW WHEN SHE SAYS, “OH I REALLY ENJOYED GUARDIAN BY JOHN SAUL!”  

All the right scares in all the right places!  Makes you think twice of those things that go “bump” in the night!

Here”s the synopsis:
A telephone rings in the dead of night with shocking news for single mother MaryAnne Carpenter: her friends the Wilkensons are suddenly, inexplicably dead, their only child, Joey, a sad and silent adolescent and MaryAnne’s godchild, abruptly orphaned. But as MaryAnne rushes with her family to the Wilkenson’s ranch to embrace her young charge, disturbing questions mount. Was it an accident that killed her friends? Or murder?
Now, as winter transforms the ranch into a place of blinding, dangerous storms, a series of horrific murders, killings that suggest a raging animal and defy solution by the local police, draw ever closer to MaryAnne and her young family.

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