“Private Life” by Jane Smiley ★★★

  Private Life primarily follows the life of Margaret Mayfield spanning her life in the generation following the Civil War up to World War II. After the childhood deaths of two of her brothers and the resulting depression and suicide of her father, a doctor who blamed himself for not being able to save everybody, … Continue reading “Private Life” by Jane Smiley ★★★

“The Last Resort” by Ember Leigh ★★★

[I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.] Rose Delaney, who calls herself a "baby" bounty hunter, is returning a toddler to her mother after removing the child from her father's negligent care. While en route, she finds herself caught in whiteout conditions in a severe Pennsylvania … Continue reading “The Last Resort” by Ember Leigh ★★★

“The Ones Who Got Away” by Roni Loren ★★★★★ [Expected Release Date: 1-2-18]

  I received a three-chapter sample of this book from NetGalley to read and review. Let me just quickly say: Put this on your TBR list now! Expected release date is January 2, 2018. Author Roni Loren has effectively produced a warm romance surrounding a tragic high school event. I wouldn't have thought that premise … Continue reading “The Ones Who Got Away” by Roni Loren ★★★★★ [Expected Release Date: 1-2-18]

“Up the Down Staircase” by Bel Kaufman ★★★

  In Bel Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase, we step into the shoes of a harried yet still idealistic teacher.  Despite the fact this takes place in a 1960s New York City public high school, teenagers will always be teenagers and bureaucracy is timeless, so I'm sure teachers are still fighting the same uphill battles. This … Continue reading “Up the Down Staircase” by Bel Kaufman ★★★

“Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL” by Chuck Pfarrer ★★★★

Intriguing account of what it takes to become a SEAL and how they operate out in the field. I am not from a military family nor have I ever had familiarity or experience in understanding that lifestyle so reading this was a true education for me. I absolutely had no idea what is involved in … Continue reading “Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL” by Chuck Pfarrer ★★★★

“We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart ★★★★★

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Audio narrated by Ariadne Meyers Poignant story of a group of privileged kids who spend every summer together on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts; their friendship beginning when they are around 8 years old. They are the best of friends during those holidays, and over the years … Continue reading “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart ★★★★★

“Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team 6 Operator Adam Brown ” by Eric Blehm ★★★★★

Tribute to Navy SEAL Adam Brown. Amazing story of an inspiring man, his family and close friends who (with their help and many prayers along the way) saw him rise up and overcome incredible obstacles to reach the pinnacle of military service, becoming a member of the honorable DEVGRU (SEAL Team 6). This book spans … Continue reading “Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team 6 Operator Adam Brown ” by Eric Blehm ★★★★★

“So Worthy My Love” by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss ★★★

Durham County, circa mid-1500s.  Lord Maxim Seymour, Marquess of Bradbury, is living in exile after being falsely accused of plotting the assassination of Queen Elizabeth I. His title, possessions, and properties have been taken from him and given to his accuser, the father of his betrothed. Wishing to seek revenge, he infiltrates his (former) home … Continue reading “So Worthy My Love” by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss ★★★

“War Dances” by Sherman Alexie ★★★★

A nice mix of short stories and poetry by an insightful writer. I sometimes wondered if some of his writings may be his personal truths or if he was telling others' stories or just making up stories.  It was all very honest; he understands the inner workings of people. What stood out for me was his story … Continue reading “War Dances” by Sherman Alexie ★★★★

“Chasing Fire” by Nora Roberts ★★★★★

One of Nora's best.  Exciting story about smokejumpers out of Missoula, Montana fighting forest fires and fire devils (see fire "tornado" in picture below) and a killer who seems to be targeting someone in their unit.  Has a secondary romantic story surrounding the MC's father.  Great book! The photos above are hotshots from the Smokejumper … Continue reading “Chasing Fire” by Nora Roberts ★★★★★