Friday, May 29, 2015

The Girl on the Train

Audiobook format

By: Paula Hawkins

Rachel’s life has fallen apart, yet she still takes the train into London every day, pretending to go to a job she lost months ago.  The same schedule, morning and evening. Rachel is really struggling with all the tragedies life has handed her.  The train stops at a broken signal every day outside of a suburban community.  Most days she sees a young couple outside on their deck.  She makes up a story in her head about their relationship and how they live their lives.  She does not know them but when she was married she lived in a house just five doors down the street.  Misfortune strikes the small community and Rachel gets herself involved.  This book will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering about who is the responsible party.  Very well written, you will enjoy the experience.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Summer’s End

By Mary Alice Monroe

Go back to Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina and renew your acquaintance with Harper, Carson and Dora, three half-sisters who share a father, but are raised by their mothers in very different circumstances. Mamaw, their paternal grandmother invites them for one last summer at Sea Breeze, the family’s ocean cottage, as it is about to be sold

The last book of the Lowcountry Summer trilogy, The Summer’s End, is a great beach read. The setting is glorious, and the wildlife, the marshes and the sea are the perfect place to sort out the changes in each sister’s life.

I enjoyed the first two books of this trilogy, and loved beginning my summer’s reading with this book.

~ Sally

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rosie Effect

Audiobook format

By Graeme C. Simsion

If you want a book that is about a lovable, bumbling genius this is your book. Don Tillman is extreme in everything he does. Because of Don’s nature and speech, I think that this is a book better listened to than read; it is very entertaining. Don's new wife becomes pregnant and he orders an almost commando style stroller to keep the baby safe. Unfortunately, this extreme stroller does not suit his wife and other issues in their marriage have her wanting to leave. All his antics make this a pretty funny book. Very enjoyable as I drove to work.

~Beckie H.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time

by Beth Moon

Captivating black-and-white photographs of the world’s most majestic ancient trees.

Beth Moon’s fourteen-year quest to photograph ancient trees has taken her across the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Some of her subjects grow in isolation, on remote mountainsides, private estates, or nature preserves; others maintain a proud, though often precarious, existence in the midst of civilization.The pictured trees include the tangled, hollow-trunked yews—some more than a thousand years old—that grow in English churchyards; the baobabs of Madagascar, called “upside-down trees” because of the curious disproportion of their giant trunks and modest branches; and the fantastical dragon’s-blood trees, red-sapped and umbrella-shaped, that grow only on the island of Socotra, off the Horn of Africa.


Born of Defiance

Born of Defiance (9)By Sherrilyn Kenyon

For those of you following Sherrilyn Kenyon’s “Born of” League series, this is the latest book.  I had thought the last couple were getting a bit stale in the storylines (but still worth reading), but this one was just as exciting as her first novels of the series. Defiance takes place in the world of the Andarions, but doesn’t reference Hauk other than by name.  It seems to be just before the early Nykyrian timeline and fills in a few blanks about how the royals and politicians came into power and a little about Nyk’s brother Jullien. If you don’t have Nykyrian’s story fresh in your mind you may want to revisit Born of Night before reading Defiance.  If you have never read any of the series, this is not the book to start out reading.  If you need additional clarification, check out  Otherwise, League followers enjoy this latest installment!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Easy on the Eyes

By Jane Porter

At 38, Tiana Tomlinson has made it. America adores her as one of the anchors of America Tonight, a top-rated nightly entertainment and news program. But even with the trappings that come with her elite lifestyle, she feels empty. Tina desperately misses her late husband Keith, who died several years before. And in a business that thrives on youth, Tina is getting the message that her age is starting to show and certain measures must be taken if she wants to remain in the spotlight. It doesn't help that at every turn she has to deal with her adversary--the handsome, plastic surgeon, Michael Sullivan. But a trip away from the Hollywood madness has consequences that could affect the rest of her life.

~ Crystal

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Stranger

By Harlan Coben

A stranger comes up to Adam and starts to tell him a secret his wife has about their marriage. Adam checks out the allegations to find most of what the stranger said is true. Shortly after he confronts his wife about the secret, she disappears.

Adam is not the only person the stranger has "enlightened". The stranger thinks he is anonymous and impervious to repercussions. The stranger finds out that there are consequences to his actions.

Coben has again constructed a tight, fast paced suspense that leaves you guessing until the end.

~ Rochelle

Monday, May 11, 2015

Charm: A Wicked Cinderella Story

By Sarah Pinborough

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella and others have re-written it many times, but never quite like this one. You'll get annoyed with Cinderella, feel sorry for the stepsisters, and want to yell at the prince.

Plus, the author has written more re-visions of classic tales.

~ Crystal

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Weber's Way to Grill

The step-by-step guide to expert grilling

By Jamie Purviance

I do not grill. I do not know how to light one. But every summer I am thankful for this book that has come into our household. The variety of food that my spouse cooks is a direct correlation with the contents of this book. Sure, he knew how to grill meat before. But this book shows you with beautifully detailed pictures and easy to understand instructions how to prep, how to slice, how to mix spices and marinades, how to tie a pork loin, how to skin mahi-mahi, and how to make the most delicious vegetables—all on the grill. I simply cannot praise this book enough. And I will never tire of the cedar-planked salmon.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Online Marketing for Your Craft Business: How to Get Your Handmade Products Discovered, Shared and Sold on the Internet

By Hilary Pullen

This book is for the crafter who has already created a winning handcrafted product and is ready for the marketing phase. UK blogger and social media/marketing specialist Hilary Pullen will guide you through such topics as: search engine optimization, blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Linked In and more. The author's focus is on using these tools to advertise your business in order to grow your customer base and to increase sales.

There is a section on Google+ which is stellar: setting up a Google+ page, adding people to your Google+ Circles and using Google Hangouts for conferences within your online community.

The book's format is sprinkled throughout with color-blocked tips from successful craft entrepreneurs. This is a great guide for new as well as seasoned crafters.

~ Paula

Monday, May 4, 2015

H is for Hawk

by Helen McDonald

H is for Hawk is the true story of Helen McDonald adopting a goshawk following the death of her father.  Unable to cope with the loss of her beloved father, Helen takes in Mabel, a young goshawk, to live with her in her Cambridge apartment.  An experienced falconer, Helen starts training her in the city with visits to the countryside.

Helen compares her experiences with that of T.H. White training his goshawk, Gos. Both make mistakes along the way.  Eventually, Helen becomes unhinged and spending all her time with Mabel only makes things worse.

H is for Hawk is absolutely delightful but not a quick read.  It is one of best non-fiction books I have read in years.  I recommend it highly.