Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Street Cat Named Bob

DVD

This is the movie adaptation of the book with the same name. This is the true story of James Bowen who is struggling with addiction. He finds an injured street cat and uses what little money he has to buy antibiotics for it. James is barely getting by himself but he can’t help caring for the cat that is soon known as Bob. James tries to find Bob’s owners with no luck. As far as Bob is concerned, he has already found his owner. The pair are soon inseparable and this friendship helps both of them heal and find hope for the future. A sweet story.


~ Dixie

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hope in the Holler

By Lisa Lewis Tyre

This is a great middle grade book that would be enjoyed by boys or girls. Wavie is 11 years old and has just lost her mother to cancer. Now she has to go live in a small town in Appalachia with family she didn’t even know she had. It doesn’t take long for Wavie to realize she does not want to live with this horrible aunt, uncle and cousin. Wavie does, however, love the mountains, fresh air and the kids she meets. As Wavie tries to figure a way out, she learns a family secret that just might be her ticket out of there!

~ Dixie

The Dark Lake

By Sarah Bailey

This story takes place in rural Australia with Gemma Woodstock as a detective with the police. Gemma has a complicated life, full of secrets. When a former classmate is found dead, Gemma and her partner are put on the case. Gemma has a history with the victim but tries to hide it because she wants to stay on the case. As details of the victim are revealed, so are details of Gemma’s past. Clever twists and turns that will keep you guessing who done it!

~ Dixie

AM I OLD YET?

The Story of Two Women, Generations Apart, Growing Up and Growing Young in a Timeless Friendship

By Leah Komaiko

This is a true story about two women, one forty-four, one ninety-four, who form a friendship that starts out casual but turns into a strong bond that neither one expected. Leah, the younger woman, has always had trouble with the truth of growing old and her own mortality. In order to face her fears, she agrees to spend one hour per week with an elderly woman in a nursing home. This is a touching, tender memoir of the love and lessons these two gave each other. Loved it!

~ Dixie

Judah's Wife

By Angela Hunt
Another winner in Angela Hunt’s historical fiction. This first book in her new series The Silent Years is set a half century before the birth of Christ. Leah has a desperately hard childhood and when she marries Judah she is anticipating a peaceful life. The nation Judah is named after is conquered by a cruel king who makes it illegal for Jews to follow the law of Moses. Judah’s father refuses to comply and it costs him his life. As he is dying, he commands his son to take up the sword and fight for the nation of Israel. Leah, who hates violence, struggles to come to terms with the war that her husband and his family accept as necessary to preserve their way of life and their nation.

~ Dixie

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Widow

By Fiona Barton
Audiobook format

The story begins in an English University town years after the abduction of 2 year old Bella Elliott from her yard while her mother was inside doing housework. The author had me guessing whether the accused child-porn-loving husband (Glen) had abducted little Bella, and if so, what (if anything) did his wife Jean know. Is Bella's wild single mother complicit?

The Widow is a psychological thriller/mystery with a strong female lead character Kate, an award-winning investigative journalist who sincerely cares about finding Bella and unburdening Jean from her doubts and secrets.

Try this if you enjoy fast-moving stories from different points of view like Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

~ Paula

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pupcakes

By Annie England Noblin

There he stood in the doorway: overweight, depressed and nearly homeless—a pug named Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy was Brydie Benson’s latest problem, arriving on top of her messy divorce. Brydie needed a place to start over, so this rent-free home seemed a great idea. She just never counted on Teddy, or his owner, the Germantown Retirement Village’s toughest customer, Pauline Neumann.
Along with a new start comes a possible new love, in the form of Nathan Reid, a local doctor with a sassy Irish Wolfhound named Sasha. And as fall turns to winter, and then to Christmas, Brydie begins to realize that life is a little bit like learning a new recipe for puff pastry—it takes a few tries to get it just right!

~Crystal

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

By Ameriie

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view.
These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and "Jack and the Beanstalk" provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage--and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

~Crystal

Against All Odds

By Danielle Steel

Taking chances is part of life, but when you bet your future against the odds, it’s a high-risk game. Kate Madison’s stylish resale shop has been a big SoHo success, supporting her and her four kids since her husband’s untimely death. Now they are grown and ready to forge lives of their own. And they all choose to play against the odds, to their mother’s dismay.

~Crystal

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)

By Kendare Blake

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose… its life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

~Crystal

Empire of Dust (Blood of Gods and Royals #2)

By Eleanor Herman

In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust.

~Crystal

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book

By Diane Muldrow

A humorous "guide to life" for grown-ups! One day, Diane Muldrow, a longtime editor of the iconic Little Golden Books, realized that, despite their whimsical appearance, there was hardly a real-life situation that hadn't been covered in the more than 70-year-old line of children's books—from managing money, to the importance of exercise, to finding contentment in the simplest things. In this age of debt, depression, and diabetes, could we adults use a refresher course in the gentle lessons from these adorable books, she wondered—a "Little Golden guide to life"? Yes, we could! Muldrow's humorous yet practical tips for getting the most out of life.

~Crystal

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between

By Lauren Graham

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.
Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

~Crystal

Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)

By Eleanor Herman

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

~Crystal

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1)

By Roshani Chokshi

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither role is what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion, protection, desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust?

~Crystal