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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.

The Night Garden

A magical story about a young women who tends her family’s farm and, in particular, the maze garden at the center of the property. Visitors come from all over to visit the maze garden and experience its mystical, healing properties.

Though friendly with the visitors to the farm, Olivia is forced to keep her distance from them, just as she was forced to end her relationship with the boy next door many years earlier. Now that boy is a grown man, he’s back in town, and he wants to see Olivia. But can they make their relationship work when Olivia’s terrible secret is revealed?

This story was so different than anything I’ve read and so interesting. I loved all the descriptions of the flowers and the gardens. I could almost picture myself standing in the midst of them. Wonderfully written, multi-layered characters and beautifully described, picturesque landscapes made this story a joy to read.

Explores the complexities of relationships, and how we sometimes can make things much more difficult by keeping ourselves (and our emotions) locked away. I liked this story very much and look forward to reading more by this author.