Interesting story/family drama

This story turned out to be quite different than what I expected. I was thinking it might be more of an adventure story, and there were adventures, but it is more of a family drama. I love any story that involves books and/or bookshops, and this one did not disappoint. There are many literary references form those who work at the bookshop and from the young woman who is on a hunt to discover the secret of her family history and inheritance.

I enjoyed the many different characters and the interaction between them. There are a few surprises along the way as the story unfolds. I really enjoyed the story. I give it four stars.

The Bookshop of Yesterdays by [Amy Meyerson]

WONDERFUL BOOK

I love this book so much. It is a wonderful little gem. Though I had heard of hygge before, and knew it was a practiced way of life in Scandinavia countries, I didn’t really know much about it. This book presents it is such a beautiful and unobtrusive way, just like the hygge itself. I was happy to find that I had been practicing my own form of hygge for quite some time.

Hygge is a way of living simply, comfortably, and with a strong sense of community. This book shows you how to achieve hygge in your living space, in your life, and in your interaction with others. The text is enhanced with beautiful photos throughout. I highly recommend this to everyone. A beautiful little book.

The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection by [Louisa Thomsen Brits]

FIRST BOOK OF THE NEW YEAR

I got this one as a gift and couldn’t wait to read it as I am a big fan of Brent Spiner’s.

Having read the description and blurbs about this “mem-noir”, I was not expecting a lot of Mr. Spiner’s history from this book. This was a wee bit disappointing as I have been a long-time fan of him and his work, and I have had a long-standing crush on his Star Trek: The Next Generation character, DATA.

That said, I found this book a delightfully fun read. As the title suggests, Mr. Spiner presents an old-fashioned stalker story (supposedly based on a true incident) with a crazed fan. He introduces several different types of fans, including the adoring fan, the obsessed fan, and the psychotic fan. He even admits to being a fan himself of certain celebrities.

There were a few parts of the story that were a little too corny, but overall, I found it quite entertaining. I admit that I did have a little trouble with the intimate sexual encounters, but only because I kept thinking of Mr. DATA, rather than Mr. Spiner in these circumstances.

Whether you are a fan of Mr. Spiner and/or Star Trek or not, if you like to read something a little different, I think you will enjoy this book.

Tucker’s Way by David Johnson

 

This is a wonderful story of survival, strength, and finding friendship in the most unlikely places. Abused as a child, rejected as an adult, Tucker has hardened her heart to all outsiders. Then Ella moves in next door. The bond they form becomes the strong thread that keeps them both from falling apart when the unbelievable and unbearable happens.

I was so touched by this story and all the characters – Tucker, Ella, and April particularly. What these three suffer through as parents, grandparents, friends, is heartbreaking. But their love and genuine caring for one another gives them the strength to overcome and brings them all even closer.

I listened to the audible version and the narration was some of the best I’ve heard. So very well done. All of the accents, personalities, both male and female, were all absolutely wonderful. I would read/listen to anything by either this author or this narrator.

A very powerful and moving story. Highly recommended. Can’t wait to read more in this series.

 

 

 

We Are Not Ourselves

Quick review:

We Are Not Ourselves

This is a close look at an Irish immigrant family living in New York. It begins in the 1940s and focuses mainly on the daughter in the family. At a young age, she takes on the responsibility of caretaker of her alcoholic, dysfunctional parents and, though she tries to make a better life for herself, she spends most of her life taking care of others. She works as a nurse, and ends up as her husbands primary caretaker when his health deteriorates.

While I felt the story was overly long and dragged in some places, it was interesting in the way it was told, from all three perspectives of the wife, the husband, and their son. Their reflections and actions gave great glimpses in to the character and the emotional life of each one as they faced life struggles.

There were also a lot of interesting social references that brought to life each time period from the 40s through the 2000s. It was definitely an interesting read.

Historical Christian Romance and Intrigue


I thought this was going to be a sweet Christian romance. Well, it is that, and so much more. This story grabs you from the very beginning as newlyweds Grace and Monty are headed out west. Traveling on their own, they find themselves in trouble when they are caught up in a terrible rainstorm out on the plains. <br><br>A very pregnant Grace must watch helplessly as all of her worldly possessions, including her beloved husband are swept up into the raging waters. Rescued and brought in to town to recuperate, Grace is distraught. Believing her husband to be dead, she finds a job in town and works to support herself and her young son. <br><br>I can’t say much more without revealing too much of the story, but this is a riveting tale, full of intrigue and many plot twists that keep you eagerly anticipating the next page. I couldn’t put it down. Wonderful characters and great storytelling. I highly recommend.