So as you may have noticed, I have been missing since February. My apologies. I have been battling some serious health issues and they completely sidelined me. This past week, I finally was able to return to work and this evening, I was finally able to sit at my desk and begin working again from home. Since April 1st, I had not been on the computer, but as of tonight, all of my emails are caught up. WHEW!
Some good news for you:
1. I believe most of the issues have been fixed on my website. I am still working on the weekly newsletter, but I should have that up and running soon. All my reviews should be visible and you can leave comments again. I am testing the website on numerous platforms, but I think that I have corrected everything. Yay!!!!!
I am Malala
By: Malala Yousafzai
When Malala Yousafzai was fifteen years old, she was shot in the head, while on the way to school. The doctors didn’t expect her to survive, but her amazing spirit and determination, gave her the strength to live and to continue to fight the injustices of the world. I am Malala is the story of one brave, young girl’s extraordinary life, and her perseverance during the horrific ordeals of terrorism.
By: Jodi Picoult
Young Jenna Metcalf has been searching for her Mom, Alice, for years. Alice loved elephants and worked with researching their characteristics and preserving their safety. Jenna, desperate for answers, seeks guidance from a troubled psychic and a depressed investigator. The trio will use Alice’s scientific journals to reconstruct the final days before her disappearance. Will Jenna ever find Alice, or is her mom lost forever?
As you may have noticed, I haven’t been around much this week. One of my pups, Jagger, has been very sick. Thursday night, we received news of cancer. He survived cancer once before, but this is a different type. We have been keeping him comfortable at home, over the past few days. This means, I have quickly fallen back into my night owl routine. I have been up all night, several nights in a row, making sure he is okay. Last night, I had flashbacks of when I was up late all night, when my grandfather wasn’t sleeping. During those nights, I was on this website a lot, working in between conversations, pausing when I heard noises, etc. Tonight, I am back online working, while listening for any noise, hoping my beloved boy will get a good night’s rest. Amazing how many years have passed, and yet it seems like only yesterday. I haven’t been able to read this week, but I have written several reviews that I will be posting soon.
Today, is also July 31st… Harry Potter and J. K. Rowling’s birthday!!! How did you all celebrate? Have you read the new book, yet? *NO SPOILERS, PLEASE!* My darling boys and I listened to the Harry Potter movies on television today, while enjoying a positive family day together. Soon, I will read the new book and I am so excited. There is something about these stories that feels like home and is very comforting, during difficult times.
Since I didn’t read a book today, I am relying on all of you, to tell me your Sunday reads! Leave a comment letting me know what story swept you away, today.
The Memory House
(Honey Ridge #1)
By: Linda Goodnight
Julia Presley’s heart is numb from the still unsolved disappearance of her son and the demise of her marriage. It doesn’t help that her family refuses to talk about the boy, who was ripped from her life. Julia decides to open a Bed and Breakfast in a charming, antebellum house in Honey Ridge, Tennessee. As she goes through the motions of each day, keeping her hands and mind busy, she can appear to be moving forward to the outside world. Eli Donovan has just learned he has a son and when his car breaks down in this new town, he stops by the Peach Orchard Inn desperate for work. Julia must decide whether she is willing to risk her heart in the company of this duo, in order to get the extra renovations completed and maybe discover some answers about this house’s mysterious history.
The Kashmir Shawl
By: Rosie Thomas
Mair Ellis’ father has passed away and her brother and sister are helping her clear out the house, when she discovers an exquisite shawl with a bit of hair hidden in the middle. Intrigued by this unique and beautiful item, she begins a journey that takes her back to when her grandparents were first married, during World War II. Traveling alone, she discovers the enchanting life of India. Meanwhile, Nerys Watkins newly wedded bliss, is interrupted by a fascinating livelihood in Kashmir. Her quiet missionary life is now filled with nightlife, festivities and secrets. Will Mair learn the truth about her grandmother’s life, or will the past keep the secrets buried forever?
The Color of Light
By: Karen White
Jillian Parrish’s life has been turned upside down. After her divorce, she packs up her daughter and drives to Pawleys Island, South Carolina, where she was happiest during her childhood. Pregnant, and driving at night, her nerves are on end, when her daughter unexpectedly screams, calling out a name, Jillian hasn’t heard in years, Lauren. Lauren was her best friend, and she mysteriously disappeared, never to be heard from again. Their friend Linc was accused and run off the Island, but Jillian soon finds him back in town. Together, will they be able to heal their wounds and discover the truth about Lauren’s disappearance?
The Blessings of the Animals
By: Katrina Kittle
Cami Anderson helps all creatures, great and small. That is her job as a Veterinarian, but it is also a life-long passion. Her husband and daughter are used to the motley strays she has brought home and nursed back to health. After one rescue mission, she comes home only to find that her husband has packed all of his things and announces the end to their marriage. While numb, she must not only face her family and friends, but also continue caring for the injured horse. Life doesn’t stop moving for Cami’s loved ones, as they all celebrate significant relationship milestones. Cami must learn to accept these events and move forward in life, with the help of her friends.
The 13th Gift
By: Joanne Huist Smith
Joanne Huist Smith’s husband passed away a few months before December. Depressed and unable to participate in the Christmas cheer, her youngest of three children worries that there won’t be a Christmas this year. One night, a mysterious package arrives on the doorstep, a gift from some their True Friends. Each night, a small present arrives in tune with the classic song, “12 Days of Christmas.” The blessing she receives from her anonymous friends, allows her to come to terms with the Christmas spirit, and to not only accept happiness, but also to look forward to participating in the excitement of this holiday.
By: William Kent Krueger
Frank Drum is a middle-aged man, reflecting back on a critical summer from his childhood. Thirteen year old Frank should have experienced a season of happiness and peace in 1961, rural Minnesota. However, when he and his friends discover a body, he experiences the town’s losses in new horrifying ways. Standing on the sidelines, while his world is turned upside down, Frank must rely on the sermons his father gives in church to remain connected with his faith.