MEMORY HOUSE

HAVEN’T READ A BOOK BY BETTE LEE CROSBY THAT I DIDN’T FALL IN LOVE WITH!
MEMORY HOUSE
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MEMORY HOUSE IS A QUAINT TALE OF A BED AND BREAKFAST OWNER, OPHELIA, WHO IS NEARING 90.  SHE BEFRIENDS A YOUNG GUEST, ANNIE,  WHO SHOWS PROMISE OF BEING ABLE TO STIR UP MEMORIES FROM OBJECTS THAT OPHELIA HAS KEPT.  ANNIE IS STRUGGLING WITH A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP THAT HAS SOME POSSIBILITY OF BEING REKINDLED BUT SHE IS SO UNSURE.  SHE IS ALSO FED UP WITH HER DEAD-END JOB.  ANNIE TRULY ENJOYS SPENDING TIME WITH OPHELIA KEEPING MEMORIES ALIVE.

WHILE I WAS READING THE BOOK, I REALIZED THE MEMORIES STARTED TO SEEM FAMILIAR TO ME – ALMOST IF I TOO WERE KEEPING MEMORIES ALIVE.  THIS WAS BECAUSE BETTE LEE WOVE MEMORIES OF CHARACTERS FROM HER OTHER BOOKS I HAD READ INTO THE STORY.  THE BIKE FROM SPARE CHANGE THAT ETHAN ALLEN RODE, THE LANNIGAN FAMILY BIBLE AND SNOW GLOBE FROM THE TWELFTH CHILD AND DELIA’S LOCKET FROM PASSING THROUGH PERFECT WHERE ANNIE FINDS THAT ALL MEMORIES ARE NOT HAPPY.

THE SETTING IS BEAUTIFUL, THE CHARACTERS ARE SO REAL THEY COME ALIVE AND THE STORY, WRITTEN AS STORIES WITHIN THE STORY, IS TOLD SO WELL YOU ARE SAD TO COME TO THE END.

CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF BETTE LEE CROSBY’S NOVELS!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A MEMORY TO OUTLIVE ITS OWNER?

Ophelia Browne knows the answer is yes. She knows because she’s been granted the unique gift of finding and caring for those forgotten memories. But now she’s nearing ninety, and Browne women seldom live beyond ninety.

Before time runs out Ophelia must find a successor. Someone who can take hold of the gifts and keep the memories from fading.

When broken-hearted Annie Cross shows up on the doorstep of The Memory House Bed and Breakfast, Ophelia knows she is the one. The two women forge a bond of friendship as they sip magical dandelion tea and share stories. When Annie starts to sense the memories Ophelia is delighted, but then a thread of violence begins to unravel and Ophelia fears things have gone too far.

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SUMMER OF FIREFLY MEMORIES

SUMMER OF FIREFLY MEMORIES

SUMMER OF FIREFLY MEMORIES IS A FUN AND EASY READ.  SAMANTHA REUNITES WITH HER THREE SISTERS FOR THE SUMMER IN THE SAME RESORT THEIR FAMILY USED TO GO TO WHEN THEY WERE KIDS.  IT IS TWENTY YEARS AFTER THEIR PARENT’S TRAGIC ACCIDENT BUT EACH HAS BEEN CHANGED BY THIS HORRIFIC EVENT.  MUCH DRAMA UNFOLDS AS THE SISTERS TRY TO COME TO TERMS WITH THE ACCIDENT, WITH THEIR LIFE CHOICES AND EACH OTHER.  THE SISTERS AND SMALL TOWN FOLK SHARE FLASHES FROM THE PAST (FIREFLY MEMORIES) OF THEIR SUMMERS AT THE LAKE.  THERE IS SOME ROMANCE BUT IT IS NOT SYRUPY AND THE VACATION ENDS WITH NEW BEGINNINGS FOR ALL!  IT IS NOT DEEP BUT IT IS FUN – A GREAT SUMMER READ!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Imagine spending an entire summer in a cabin on a lake – simply because you can.

That’s exactly what Samantha McGreggor, a thirtysomething eco-journalist, does in SUMMER OF FIREFLY MEMORIES. She trades Arizona’s summer heat for Minnesota’s cool lake breezes by spending her summer at the same resort her family used to go to when she was young.

Her summer agenda – relaxation, beach reads, soul-searching, bonding with her three grown sisters.

Her concerns – she and her sisters haven’t been back to the resort since their parents’ death twenty years ago when they were all practically teenagers, and, well, they tend to act like emotional teenagers when they’re all together.

Her summer reality – fun in the sun, secrets, sibling rivalries, lost memories, new love, hope.

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THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

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OF COURSE IT IS THE TITLE THAT GRABS YOU!  THE STORY BEHIND THE TITLE IS GREAT IN ITSELF!  THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY WAS MENTIONED IN A PUBLISHER’S REVIEW OF LETTERS FROM SKYE WHICH WAS A VERY SIMILAR BOOK THAT I ENJOYED.  BOTH WERE LETTERS WRITTEN BY PEOPLE LIVING THROUGH WORLD WAR AND GERMAN OCCUPATION. BOTH HAD SOME ROMANCE WOVEN INTO THE STORY AND BOTH AUTHORS TRAVELED TO MEET THEIR ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENTS AND THEIR COHORTS. I ESPECIALLY LIKED THE CHARACTER ELIZABETH WHO WAS STRONG, FOUNDED THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY AND BECAME A HEROIN. IT IS A WONDERFUL TALE AND A GREAT READ!  DON’T MISS IT!

HERE IS WHAT THE BOOK COVER HAS TO SAY:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends–and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society–born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island–boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

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THE BONE CLOCKS

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I COULD NOT FINISH THIS BOOK – ONLY THE SECOND SINCE I PUT DOWN THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER.  I WORKED FOR 6 DAYS TRYING TO GRASP HOW THE PIECES OF THE BOOK WERE FALLING TOGETHER.  IT IS ONE THING TO TALK ABOUT PSYCHIC POWERS AND BEING ABLE TO PREDICT THE FUTURE, BUT WHEN YOU START TALKING ABOUT HOROLOGISTS VS. CARNIVORES AND ANCHORITES AND PEOPLE BEING RESURRECTED AND LIVING THOUSANDS OF YEARS, IT JUST GOT TOO FAR OUT FOR ME.  I HAD A DIFFICULT TIME FOLLOWING THE CHARACTERS ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY BECAME ANCHORITES AND THEIR NAME CHANGED.  IT WAS ALSO CONFUSING WHO WAS SPEAKING IN THE FIRST PERSON – IT SEEMED TO CHANGE FROM HOLLY TO A CHARACTER NAMED CRISPIN HERSHEY TO  A DOCTOR NAMED MARINUS.  I FEEL DEFEATED AND AM HOPEFUL THAT SOMEONE WILL ENLIGHTEN ME ON HOW THE BOOK COMES TOGETHER AND HOW MUCH I MISSED!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics–and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves–even the ones who are not yet born.

A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting on the war in Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list–all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.

Rich with character and realms of possibility, The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together by a writer The Washington Post calls “the novelist who’s been showing us the future of fiction.”

An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and a master prose stylist, David Mitchell has become one of the leading literary voices of his generation. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clocks, crackles with invention and wit and sheer storytelling pleasure–it is fiction at its most spellbinding.

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ONE PLUS ONE

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ANOTHER ROMANCE THAT I TRULY ENJOYEDONE PLUS ONE IS A VERY FUN READ WITH AN ABSURDLY STRANGE CAST OF CHARACTERS!  IT ISN’T ABOUT THE ROMANCE, IT IS THE WHOLE STORY THAT SHOULD THROW JESS AND ED IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS YET SOMEHOW DRAWS THEM TOGETHERYOU’LL LOVE IT!

WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS:

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted Stateside she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story.

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.

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LETTERS FROM SKYE

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LETTERS FROM SKYE IS A LOVE STORY THAT I ACTUALLY ENJOYED!  BECAUSE IT IS TOLD COMPLETELY THROUGH A SERIES OF LETTERS THAT SPAN BOTH WORLD WARS, THE READER IS A BIT MORE DETACHED.  THERE ARE NO SORDID SEX SCENES AND STEAMY PASSION.  IT IS THE STORY OF HOW TWO LIVES COME TOGETHER EVEN THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES AND SERIOUS LIFE CHOICES.  IT IS AN ENJOYABLE READ!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart.

March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when her first fan letter arrives, from a college student, David Graham, in far-away America. As the two strike up a correspondence–sharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secrets–their exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I engulfs Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he’ll survive.

June 1940: At the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against seeking love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. Then, after a bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears. Only a single letter remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago.

Sparkling with charm and full of captivating period detail, Letters from Skye is a testament to the power of love to overcome great adversity, and marks Jessica Brockmole as a stunning new literary voice.

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MEGAN’S CURE

MEGAN'S CURE

THIS WAS THE FIRST MYSTERY I HAVE READ IN A WHILE AND I STILL ENJOY THEM BEST.  MEGAN IS LIVING PROOF OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A DRUG THAT CURES CANCER.  SHE WAS GIVEN THE DRUG BEFORE IT WAS APPROVED AND AT THE TIME THE DRUG COMPANY WAS TRYING TO HIDE AND SKEW THE PRELIMINARY AMAZING RESULTS. WHEN SHE IS KIDNAPPED FROM SCHOOL THE DETECTIVE LAUNCHES HIS INVESTIGATION BUT MEGAN’S FAMILY DOES NOT SPEAK ENGLISH AND HE SUSPECTS THEY KNOW MORE ABOUT WHO THE ABDUCTOR IS THAN THEY ARE TELLING.  MEGAN’S CURE IS A GREAT READ THAT KEEPS YOU GUESSING IF MEGAN AND THOSE TRYING TO PROTECT HER CAN OUTRUN BIG PHARMA WHILE TRYING TO ALSO BRING OUT THE SUCCESSFUL CANCER CURE SO OTHERS WILL SURVIVE!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

When 10-year-old Megan Kim disappears from her school on the Alabama Gulf Coast, it has all the signs of a child abduction. However, a more complicated story soon emerges. The action follows Megan and a brilliant but troubled scientist across the South on a desperate mission to evade their pursuers. Big Pharma is intent on burying Megan and the secret she carries.

Meanwhile, reporter Enzo Lee is trying to save his gravely ill grandmother and embarks on a search for a cure. That quest leads him to the fugitive pair. Together, they must confront the wrath of the entire drug industry armed with the deadly tools of organized crime.

Megan’s Cure is an action-filled story played out in the labs and boardrooms of Big Pharma as well as along the rural byroads of the Deep South. This is the third novel in the Enzo Lee mystery thriller series By Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert B. Lowe.

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BIG LITTLE LIES

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NEVER SAW IT COMING.  I REALLY ENJOYED THE STORY THAT TRULY SHOCKED ME!  BIG LITTLE LIES IS A GREAT READ ABOUT PLAIN JANE AND HER SON, ZIGGY WHO BEGIN AGAIN IN A SMALL TOWN BY THE OCEAN WITH A QUAINT SCHOOL AND A SWEET KINDERGARTEN TEACHER.  ZIGGY QUICKLY BECOMES THE CENTER OF ATTENTION WHEN HE IS ACCUSED OF CHOKING A LITTLE GIRL ON ORIENTATION DAY.  THE EPISODE LEAVES JANE WONDERING FOR SHE HAS SECRETS SHE CANNOT FACE.  IT ALSO BEGINS TO DIVIDE THE PARENTS INTO THOSE WHO SUPPORT JANE AND MANY MORE WHO DO NOT.  EVERYTHING ESCALATES AS ZIGGY IS BLAMED WITH BULLYING YET ANOTHER WAIF OF A GIRL.  ZIGGY PROTESTS HIS INNOCENCE BUT NO ONE BELIEVES HIM AND EVEN JANE’S DOUBTS INCREASE.  BUT THE TRUTH UNRAVELS WHEN ZIGGY FINALLY REVEALS THE REAL BULLY AND JANE CONFRONTS HER PAST.  IT ALL HAPPENS IN AN INSTANT AND THIS SMALL TOWN IS CHANGED FOREVERYOU’LL LOVE THIS BOOK – MUST READ!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

“The secrets burrowed in this seemingly placid small town…are so suburban noir they would make David Lynch clap with glee…[Moriarty] is a fantastically nimble writer, so sure-footed that the book leaps between dark and light seamlessly; even the big reveal in the final pages feels earned and genuinely shocking.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Reading one [of Liane Moriarty’s novels] is a bit like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic… [BIG LITTLE LIES] is a fun, engaging and sometimes disturbing read” –USA Today

Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .

A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
But who did what?

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

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THE STORIED LIFE OF A. J. FIKRY

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THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY WAS A WONDERFUL STORY OF A CROTCHETY BOOKSTORE OWNER.  HE IS SET IN HIS WAYS AND NONE TOO PLEASANT.  HE HAS REASON TO BE AN OLD GRUMP. HE IS GRIEVING THE LOSS OF HIS WIFE, HE DRINKS HIMSELF TO OBLIVION MOST NIGHTS AND NOW SOMEONE HAS STOLEN A RARE BOOK HE WAS SAVING AS A NEST EGG TO PAY FOR HIS RETIREMENT.  HOWEVER, AS IN MOST PEOPLE’S LIVES, THERE IS A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE THAT SETS A. J. ON A NEW COURSE.  THE DELIVERY OF A SMALL PACKAGE TO THE BOOK STORE JUST AFTER HOURS IS THAT MOMENT FOR A. J. WHAT HE DOES WITH THAT PACKAGE IS TRULY SURPRISING JUST LOVED THIS STORY!!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT: 

“Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.”*

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over–and see everything anew.

“This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love–love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

“Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.” —The Washington Post

“Readers who delighted in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Letters from Skye will be equally  captivated by this novel.” —*Library Journal, starred review

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BOTH SIDES NOW

Do you remember your first love?

BOTH SIDES NOW

AH ROMANCENOT MY CUP OF TEA.  THE FIRST HALF WAS JUST TOO SAPPY FOR ME BUT I READ THROUGH IT QUICKLY.  YOU  KNEW DAWN WOULD GET PREGNANT THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME THEY MADE LOVE. THEN SHAWN IS, OF COURSE, BANISHED FROM THE HOUSE AND FROM EVER SEEING DAWN AGAIN.  I DID THINK THEY WOULD EVENTUALLY FIND A WAY TO BE TOGETHER.  I DID NOT EXPECT DAWN TO FALL FOR ALL THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS HER MOTHER MADE ABOUT SHAWN – THAT HE PAID FOR THE ABORTION AND ABANDONED HER; THAT HE WAS JUST USING HER TO SNATCH HER VIRGINITY; THAT HE HAD A DIFFERENT SKANKY GIRL WITH HIM EVERY TIME HE CAME HOME FROM COLLEGE!  DAWN REJECTS HIM WHEN HE COMES BACK FOR HER ON HER 18TH BIRTHDAY AS PROMISED WHICH THROWS THEIR LIVES ONTO SEPARATE PATHS.  BOTH SIDES NOW DOES GET A BIT BETTER AFTER THE FIRST LOVE CRAP IN THE BEGINNING.  IT IS AN EASY, FAST READ THAT WILL THROW YOU A FEW CURVES AND, IF YOU LIKE ROMANCE, THEN YOU WILL FIND THIS A GOOD READ!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

When Dawn moved from Southern California to rainy, rural, Washington state in 1976, love took a backseat to worries about fitting in at her new school. Over time, her friendship with the boy next door grew until she realized she had found her first love without ever looking for it. Their sweet romance turned sour in 1979, and she said good-bye to that first love, apparently forever.

Twenty seven years later, a chance run-in led Dawn to question whether or not first love can really last and if she can find her own happily ever after. If you remember your first love, what it was like growing up in a small town where everyone knew your secrets, or the simpler times growing up in the seventies, you will find much to relate to in Both Sides Now.

Both Sides Now is a standalone true story that is a companion piece to the best-selling memoir Feels Like the First Time. They can be read separately or in any order.

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