Saturday, August 19, 2017

Kennedys after Camelot

Title: Kennedys after Camelot

     It was alright, not my kind of movie.

Reviewed by LCP


Title: Feed (movie)

     A movie about the concerns of a distraught young lady after the passing of her brother and how she acts without him.

Reviewed by LCP

Buster Malheart

Title: Buster Malheart (movie)

      A very confusing movie that goes back and forth between present and past.

Reviewed by LCP

The Color Purple

Title: The Color Purple
Author: Alice Walker

     The book is better than the movie.

Reviewed by LCP

Ghost of New Orleans

Title: Ghost of New Orleans (movie)

     I was bored. I just let the movie play while I did housework.

Reviewed by LCP

One Mile to You

Title: One Mile to You (movie)

     It was a sad movie involving the loss of a busload of teenagers traveling from a track meet. The only survivor of the track meet (didn't take the bus) has a hard time dealing with the loss.

Reviewed by LCP

Fist Fight

Title: Fist Fight (movie)

     It was kind of a not boring movie of two teachers who were going to fight after school.

Reviewed by LCP

Growing up Smith

Title: Growing up Smith (movie)

     A nice family movie of an East Indian who move to America for better things, even changing their son's name to an American name. When the Smith family sees too much changing in their family they go back to drastic change and send their son back to India.

Reviewed by LDP

Meet the Browns

Title: Meet the Browns (movie)

     It was a funny movie. Upon the death of the Brown family's father, the family finds out there is another sibling from a different mother.

Reviewed by LCP

Get on Up

Title: Get on Up (movie)

     The story of James Brown and how his career got started. It was a good movie especially the guy who played James Brown; he had the dancing, walking and attitude down perfectly.

Reviewed by LCP

XXX. Return of Xander Cage.

Title: XXX. Return of Xander Cage (movie)

     The movie was full of lots of adventure and amazing stunts.

Reviewed by LCP

True Blood

Title: True Blood (movie)

     It was really good. I do not usually watch vampire movies but, I didn't want to stop watching these series.

Reviewed by LCP

The Whole Truth

Title: The Whole Truth (movie)

     It was a good murder mystery not going to tell you how it ended but a young man was accused of killing his father.

Reviewed by LCP

Any Dream Will Do

Title: Any Dream Will Do
Author: Debbie Macomber

     This book is about a woman who went to prison for helping her brother. We follow her story as she gets out and has to start her life over with no family or friends. A kind pastor helps her get her life back.

Reviewed by Donna S.

The Simple Art of Eating Well Cookbook

Title: the Simple Art of Eating Well Cookbook
Author: Jessie Price

     It was a very helpful book full of easy and healthy recipes. The color illustrations were helpful as well.

Reviewed by Rachel

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Groom Says Yes

Title: The Groom Says Yes
Author: Cathy Maxwell

     A historical romance of the Brides of Wishmore series. An earl named Germac Enright (Mac) winds up in prison after being wrongfully charged of a murder. A priest is sent to help him escape. Mac is also a physician. He escapes and is found on an abandoned sheep shack after taking a fever in Scotland. Sabrina Davidson is a woman who finds out her dad is marrying a disreputable widow in front of her peers at a luncheon. She runs off in embarrassment and comes upon in the field far off the sheep shack with Mac in it and from there starts the adventure of them falling in love and clearing Mac's name of the murder.

Reviewed by Dawn Vazquez

The Bride Says Maybe

Title: The Bride Says Maybe
Author: Cathy Maxwell

     A historical romance of the Brides of Wishmore series, with Lady Tara Davidson in another book before this encounter and a man named Breccan Campbell. Breccan has bought up her father's gambling notes and unless Tara marries him her Dad will be thrown in debtors' prison. Tara marries him eventually but is afraid of him because he is a huge towering man. She sees he is a caring good man as the story goes on and eventually realizes how much she loves him truly when an old flame comes around from when she was younger..

Reviewed by Dawn Vazquez

Lilac Girls

Title: Lilac Girls
Author: Martha Hall Kelly

     The book spans the time from 1939 when Hitler invades Poland  through the late 1950's and tells the story of three women whose lives become intertwined during the course of the war and afterwards. Caroline lives in New York and works at the French consulate. Karen is a young teenager from Poland sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp and Hesta is a doctor working with the Nazis at Ravensbruck. The book was based on the lives of actual people though the names were changed. I thought the book was very well written and highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Match Up

Title: Match Up
Author: Lee Child

     This was a great book. A lot of my favorite authors writing short stories together. It was wonderful. I hope they write more together.

Reviewed by Rose Parthe

The Marriage Ring

Title: The Marriage Ring
Author: Cathy Maxwell

     Historical romance - Cathy Maxwell is a great author. This is her third book I've read and I find I can follow the characters very easily. This book is about a young Scottish woman named Grace and a gentleman named Richard. He instantly comes to her rescue twice in one night the first time he meets her. Meanwhile he was upon meeting her supposed to give her a piece of his mind because of her accusations to his dad and uncle. They wind up going to Scotland to hear the truth from her father who was sentenced for ten years for "supposedly" stealing money and blamed by Richard's dad and uncle. Great adventure of a book!

Reviewed by Dawn Vazquez

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Silent Corner

Title: The Silent Corner
Author: Dean Koontz

     Excellent "novel of suspense"! The main character, Jane Hawk, investigates a series of suicides after her husband kills himself. Very good and exciting book!

Reviewed by Diane Gaimaro


Title: Amelia (movie)
Starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere

     A story of the life of Amelia Earhart. I found it very interesting and informative. I was already aware of who Amelia Earhart was but the movie delved also into her personal life. She was truly into "woman's lib" long before it became a popular term. Hilary Swank and Richard Gere did a great job portraying Amelia and her husband George Putnam.

Reviewed by Anonymous


Title: Sting
Author: Sandra Brown

     Sandra Brown always writes in detail. You can't wait to read the next page. It kept you guessing till the end. A must read.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

Monday, August 14, 2017

No Middle Name

Title: No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories
Author: Lee Child

     I enjoyed this book because of the short stories. It got to the point and ending quickly which fascinated me. I recommend this book.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

Blue Jasmine

Title: Blue Jasmine (movie)

     This movie brings in a lot of psychological elements as it shows you a woman's heartbreaking story of denial and drug and alcohol addiction. It teaches you to be kind to others all the time, not just when you need them as was the case with Jasmine who shunned her poorer sister when she was living the high life. The ending was rather up in the air but an interesting movie nonetheless.

Reviewed by Rachel

The Bride Says No

Title: The Bride Says No
Author: Cathy Maxwell.

     A historical romance that would probably be a good TV program. A woman named Aileen is sent to London to marry. Marries an abusive husband. She acts like she was promiscuous with another man so her husband will divorce her, which is unheard of in those days. Her sister years later is sent to be married in London. Is promised to a man named Blake but runs back home to her sister Aileen to avoid the marriage. Blake chases her to her home in the country and upon seeing Tara's sister Aileen falls in love with her. The wrong sister. Great story from there.

Reviewed by Dawn Vazquez

Friday, August 11, 2017

Lost and Found Sisters

Title: Lost and Found Sisters
Author: Jill Shalvis

     This book is about a young woman who finds out shockingly that she was adopted after her biological mother dies. She finds out she has a sister she never knew about. We follow their story as they get off to a rocky start as new sisters.

Reviewed by Donna S.

Almost Perfect

Title: Almost Perfect
Author: Susan Mallery

     This book is about a woman who is called upon to help her nieces who have been abandoned by their stepmother when their dad goes to jail. This woman comes back to a hometown she left for good many years ago. Will they welcome her home? Read this book and find out!

Reviewed by Donna S.

The Viscount Risks All

Title: The Viscount Risks All
Author: Erin Knightly

     This is part of the "Prelude to a Kiss" series. I love getting to know the characters. Gavin Derington had a love when he was a boy but his friend never knew. When he went to declare his love she surprised him with own news that she was getting married. Felicity married a man and crushed Gavin. Years later Gavin meets up with Felicity at a party and learns her husband has died. She is now alone and has hopes of rekindling their relationship.

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

The Earl I Adore

Title: The Earl I Adore
Author: Erin Knightly

     It's a historical romance. this book is part of the "Prelude to a Kiss" series. Sophie Wembley's sister has eloped and now has ruined the chance for her or her sister to make a good marriage prospect. Because of her sister's elopement her family is now disgraced, especially since they are on the lower rung of the aristocracy ladder. Evan winds up being friends with Sophie under the guise of providing a friend for his sister. The more time together they spend the more he winds up realizing he's falling in love with Sophie. Sophie is excited because she secretly has been in love with Evan for the past two years of seasons. She has to hurry though to get him to marry her before the news of her sister's scandal breaks.

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down

Title: The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World
Author: Haemin Sunim

     Spiritual wisdom about the importance of slowing down in our fast-paced world. How to achieve well-being and happiness by a Korean Buddhist monk.

Reviewed by E. Feynman

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Marriage of Opposites

Title: Marriage of Opposites
Author: Alice Hoffman

     Although I found the very beginning of the book to be slow moving, once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. It is historical fiction based on true facts of the life of the famous artist Camille Pissarro. It takes place in the early 1800s on St. Thomas and starts with his mother Rachel's life as a young girl. I found the book to be very informative and interesting.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Rosie Colored Glasses

Title: Rosie Colored Glasses
Author: Brianna Wolfson

     This was a novel about Willow and friction between her parents. Her parents were so different they were divorced. Rosie - the mom - was free and unstructured. Rex was the dad - he was structured. Willow loved her mother and only wanted to be with her. Her mother died of an overdose and Willow and her father had to learn how to live and love again.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Black Elfstone

Title: The Black Elfstone (Fall of Shannara)
Author: Terry Brooks

     This is a fantasy fiction book. Although a bit formulaic, the story does manage to hold the reader's interest through clever use of characters' emotions combined with the pathos of a dying world of magic . . .

Reviewed by Nathalie Vasquez

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Winds of Skilak

Title: Winds of Skilak: A Tale of True Grit, True Love, and Survival in the Alaskan Wilderness
Author: Bonnie Rose Ward

     A young couple move from Ohio to Skilak Lake in Alaska. They start out in a tent, build a cabin and get animals. The only way to the town to get supplies is across Skilak Lake which is difficult at the change of seasons. In the winter they drive across it and in summer use a boat. But in between seasons it gets scary.
     Great book.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

Sliding into Home

Title: Sliding into Home: A Memoir
Author: Kendra Wilkinson

     Describes Kendra growing up with her mom, her father deserted the family, living at the Playboy mansion and marrying Hank and having her son.
     She shows that if you believe in yourself you can make it.
     Loved it.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

Sergeant Rex

Title: Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and a Military Working Dog.
Author: Mike Dowling

     Mike Dowling and his military working dog are sent to Iraq. It's about their experiences and the human-canine bond they have. They have complete trust in each other.
     Great book.

Reviewed by Sue Roth

A Man of His Word

Title: A Man of His Word
Author: Kathleen Fuller

     An Amish book. Levi and Gabriel are twins. They both love the same woman they grew up with. But only Levi marries her. He leaves the Amish for another woman. When he realizes his mistake he is in a car accident and dies. His brother makes a promise to him on his death bed that he will take care of his wife.
     Does Gabriel marry her?
Great book.
P.S. She finds herself a widow and pregnant.

Reviewed by Sue Roth

Love Letters

Title: Love Letters
Author: Debbie Macomber

     A romance book. Couples come to Rose Harbor Inn to rekindle love. Roy and Maggie visit the Inn in hopes of healing their marriage after both of them have "strayed".
     Ellie's parents also visit the Inn and reunite.
     Mark, the handyman, hints that he may be leaving Cedar Cove soon.

Reviewed by Pat S.


Title: Fallen (movie)

     It was a good movie about disagreement between good and evil angels.

Reviewed by LCP

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hell on the Highway

Title: Hell on the Highway (TV Program)

     A treacherous road called Donner Summit gets blanketed by a  snow storm. Very enlightening seeing what the tow truck drivers are up against.

Reviewed by Maureen Walker

The Baron Next Door

Title: The Baron Next Door
Author: Erin Knightly

     Charity plays pianoforte and Hugh Danby, an injured captain from the war, gets bad headaches and attacks from noise. At first she plays the piano next door to him to annoy him without realizing about his spinal injuries. They form a friendship which turns into a romance. This is a historical romance that is a 4 part series of the "Prelude to a Kiss" novels.

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

Devil in Spring

Title: Devil in Spring
Author: Lisa Kleypas

     Loved it! Lady Pandora is caught getting an earring out of a chair and a man named Gabriel St. Vincent is caught helping free her head she got caught in the chair. Then she is compromised to society's standards and is forced by the Tons' standards to marry him. It was also interesting to know what a "bathing machine" was. I actually looked up pictures on the Internet to see it. Definitely cool!

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

27 Dresses

Title: 27 Dresses (movie)

     A heartwarming film about accepting and going after your own dreams and desires rather than vicariously living them through others.

Reviewed by Rachel

Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart

Title: Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart
Author: Dion Leonard

     Uplifting tale of Dion Leonard, a veteran ultra-marathon runner, who while competing in a 155 mile race in the Gobi Desert befriends a small stray dog which he names Gobi. This is the story of their inspiring life together.

Reviewed by E. Feynman 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Finding Our Forever

Title: Finding Our Forever
Author: Brenda Novak

     This book is about a woman who was adopted and goes looking for her birth mother. She locates her and secretly takes a job working for her to get to know her. Will she finally reveal herself? Read the book to find out!

Reviewed by Donna S.

Secrets in Summer

Title: Secrets in Summer
Author: Nancy Thayer

     This book is about a woman who inherits her grandmother's house on Nantucket when the grandmother who mostly raised her passes away. We follow her interactions with the summer visitors to her year round home.

Reviewed by Donna S.

One Perfect Lie

Title: One Perfect Lie
Author: Lisa Scottoline

     After having read several of Lisa Scottoline's books, I was a bit disappointed in this one. I felt it lacked the usual suspense of her novels. Although I did finish it, it didn't hold my interest and live up to the review "enthralling and suspenseful, emotional thriller, will have you riveted till the shocking end, with killer twists".

Reviewed by Anonymous

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Homecoming

Title: The Homecoming
Author: Stacie Ramey

     This novel was geared toward the teenage reader - about a family where tragedy happens due to a car accident. John is the main character dealing with his brother's accident that left him paralyzed for life. The entire family blames themselves for the accident - until one day they all figure it out.
     They all start living life again and dealing with life - and the novel has a happy ending.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Watch Me Disappear

Title: Watch Me Disappear
Author: Janelle Brown

     It was a very interesting book. It kept me guessing till the end. I saw it in the excerpt and then to read the whole book it was intriguing.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

Rather Be the Devil

Title: Rather Be the Devil
Author: Ian Rankin

     I couldn't get into it. It was all over the place and hard to follow.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ella Finds Love Again

Title: Ella Finds Love Again
Author: Jerry Eicher

     Ella cares for a widower's children. He is a widower and loves her. But she doesn't love him. The Bishop asked her to marry him but she told him no. He devises a plan to be the only eligible man for her. Then there's an English man (not Amish) that connects with her but he is English and she is Amish.
     Does she become an old maid?
     Great book.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

A Time for Peace

Title: A Time for Peace
Author: Barbara Cameron

     Jenny meets her childhood sweetheart, marries and adopts his three children. She finds out her grandmother wrote her father (while she was on summer vacation) to tell him she fell in love with her childhood sweetheart. Her  father had left the Amish and hoped she'd have a college education. He told the boy to discourage their friendship. She never knew till she found letters from her dad to her grandmother. She also wants to conceive her own child but due to an accident isn't sure if she can get pregnant. Great book.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

A Dream of Miracles

Title: A Dream of Miracles
Author: Ruth Reid

     Maddie is Amish and a widow with two small children. Her youngest gets sick and is hospitalized. A diagnosis is made and Child Protective Services gets involved. Bo becomes the investigator but unbeknownst to her he used to be Amish. Through trials they are pushed together and fall in love. Does her son get better? Does she face charges? Does their love relationship work?
     Love it.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

Miriam and the Stranger

Title: Miriam and the Stranger
Author: Jerry Eicher

     Miriam is Amish and is resigned to never marrying till a freelance reporter comes to her community. She has feelings for him but she cannot marry him as he is not Amish. The next week a widowed bishop arrives in search of a wife. He picks Miriam. She kisses the reporter even though she's promised to the bishop. Does she follow her heart or her religious principles? Great book.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

The Baron Next Door

Title: The Baron Next Door
Author: Erin Knightly

     A historical romance. This is part of the "Prelude to a Kiss" collection. I loved it! A baron who returns from the war and was told to go to Bath to get healed from his injuries from the war winds up going (by mistake) to relax there and doesn't realize he went to the week of a music festival. He goes to complain to his neighbor about her "voracious" piano playing and thinks it's a man and it turns out to be a young woman named Charity.

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

The Wrong Bride

Title: The Wrong Bride
Author: Gayle Callen

     Historical romance about a Scottish Highlander who steals the cousin of a girl he was supposed to steal and marry to help his clan's financial ruin. They wind up having to work through the details of her being the "wrong" bride.

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

The Lady Risks All

Title: The Lady Risks All
Author: Stephanie Laurens

     A historical romance that has one of the main characters showing why he has to re-invent himself as a new mystery person in London. All families go through hardships and this shows facets of others.

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

Meg's Confession

Title: Meg's Confession
Author: Sierra Donovan

     Meg's husband dies in a plane crash not knowing that Meg is pregnant. She feels guilty because he didn't want a child yet so she confesses her guilt in confession. But the "priest" in the confessional is not a priest but the church handyman! He keeps his secret from Meg for a long time . . .

Reviewed by Pat S.

The Nordic Guide to Living Ten Years Longer

Title: The Nordic Guide to Living Ten Years Longer: 10 Easy Tips for a Happier, Healthier Life
Author: Bertil Marklund

     "A short guide to a long life."  Easy-to-follow guide that stresses moderation in everything we do  . . . in order to live a long life. Ten tips are basically common sense but bear repeating.

Reviewed by E. Feynman

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Heiress for Hire

Title: Heiress for Hire
Author: Erin McCarthy

     Great book. Showed what happens when you take a rich heiress and have her living in farm country. Her life changes.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Woman of God

Title: Woman of God
Author: James Patterson

     It was a good book considering it was read to me. I thought I wouldn't like this idea but it was a good thing; not always, I still need a paperback book every now and then.

Reviewed by LCP

The Founder

Title: The Founder (movie)

     I was bored with this movie. I'm glad I didn't go to the movies to see it.

Reviewed by LCP

Love: The Psychology of Attraction

Title: Love: The Psychology of Attraction
Author: Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD.

     It was a simple-to-read book giving direction as to how to attract someone and boost your self-confidence to doing so.

Reviewed by LCP