Book #9: The Stars Are Fire

The Stars Are on Fire by Anita Shreve. 24 year Grace Holland a mother of 2 kids, Tom and Claire Holland and married to Gene Holland. October 1947 Maine is swept by drought and dried vegetation.  Fire break out and Grace is left home alone with her kids awhile her husband goes help battle the fire from advancing toward the town.  Alone, Grace is force to protect her children as the fire consumes the town and homes, include hers.  Retreating toward the coastal sea is Graces only option for her and her two children from not being burned to death.  After a stressful night protecting her children Grace begin to realize her life has been change forever.  With no clothes, no home, no money and a town burn down Grace is force to provide for herself and children.  She discover a new self from this natural disaster, but unaware of the biggest challenge that lies ahead.

There a little history tied to this book.  1947 is the year the state of Maine burn to the Ground.  17, 188 acres burned, more than 10,000 acres were burned in Acadia National park.

https://www.nps.gov/acad/learn/historyculture/fireof1947.htm

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Book #8: Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lesson by Claire Fuller is one of those books I am going to have to re-read again.  Not that I didn’t understand just felt like I might be missing something that I didn’t get when I first read it.  Reading it was interesting.  A young women Ingrid Coleman write and leave letters to her husband about how she really felt about their marriage.  She never give the letters to her husband Gil, but leaves them into between books.  Ingrid leaves her husband and her two children Nan and Flora after writing her last letter.

Several years later, Gil now old and his two daughter grown up thinks he see his wife at a bookshop. The event at the bookshop leave Gil in bed with his two daughter watching their fragile father.  Looking after their father the history of their parents marriage resurfaces.  Nan and Flora facing their own hidden lock-up emotions  about what happened to their mother.

Great book if you are into family drama and about marriage.

Book #7:Alice & the Assassin

I really enjoying reading R.J. Koreto books. This is my 3rd book that I’ve read by him.  Alice and the Assassin, President Teddy Roosevelt’s is now President after that assassination of President William McKinley.  Roosevelts and his family are now under Secret Service protection.  His daughter, 17 years old Alice Roosevelt is protected by agent Joseph St.Clair a former cowboy and veteran of the Rough Riders.

Alice take it upon her self to start investigating the recent killing of President McKinley.  Asking questions and requesting to speak with potential suspects with whom had contact with the assassin. Her interest in the matter raises suspicion among someone or a group of people.  With so many unanswered question Alice fear for her Father life. With her secret Service bodyguard they travel through New York to find those who seek power, money and will kill for it.

Book #5:Death among Rubies

My last last book I read was by R.J. Koreto, Death on the Sapphire. He has a second call Death among Rubies.  Lady Frances Ffolkes travels with her dear friends Gwendolyn and Thomasina to Kesrel’s eyrie.   The estates belongs to Gwen family.  Before traveling to the estates, Lady Frances learns her friends have been threaten and seeks to find the individual(s) responsible.  As she and her friends make their way to the estates, Gwen’s father, a powerful diplomat is murder with his most valuable ruby dagger.  Knowing that her brother wouldn’t approve of her getting involved in solving this case, Lady Frances along with her maid June Mallow get to work to finding the murder.  Interviewing guest and the servants working at the estate, but also learning about the family relationship between Gwen and her Aunt whose task is to run the affair of the estate.

2nd Book of 2017: Devil’s Cold Dish

My 2nd book of the New Year is Devil’s Cold Dish by Eleanor Kuhns.  This is the second26114399 book that I’ve read by Eleanor.  The other book is Death in Salem which you should read before reading this one.  I will tell you her book has me glued to continue reading.  In Devil’s Cold Dish Will Rees and his wife have return home from Salem.  Rees sister has been visiting, trying to convince him and his wife to alone her husband, her children and herself to say with them. Rees and Lydia refuse to allow them to say, but willing to help her so her children don’t starve.  Rees learns that there a murder in town and is asked to assist, but later ask to withdraw from the case because of a conflict he had with the murder victim.  Rumors being to surface the Rees’s wife Lydia is a witch and is physically attack.  She is also accused of a 2nd murder that happen in town.  Rees angry and eagered to solve this case and stop these rumors about his wife. Unable to leave his house and his family because fear for their safety. Can he solve this case with the majority of the Dugard town against him?

Book #6: Blood of the Oak

blood-of-the-oak-e1457294802760Blood of the Oak by Eliot Pattison, I didn’t know this was the 4th book in a series.  If after this small review, if it interest you, it would be a good idea to read the previous three books.

Duncan Mccallum is Scottish man who now has a daunting task in solving the mystery of who stole a native American artifact and killed a young boy who was trying to stop the thieves.  At the same time Duncan is puzzled by the murder of a Oneida and almost claim the life of a dear friend capt. Patrick Woolford.  Duncan goes out on his own, using his medical training for speaking with the dead to find the murders.  During his quest to find the murder and seeking answers, he runs into men who are killing messengers from several different communities.  These messengers working in secret and are led by Benjamin Franklin. All leading up to the American Revolution.

Book#4 Where my heart used to beat

I haven’t been doing a good job in keeping up with my readings.  I’ve read 9780805097320a few books, but really never got interested in them to continue on.

I recently found a book that I was finally glued to.  Where my Heart used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks. I think why I was so glued to this because at some point in our life we will reflect whether we are happy or unhappy with our life.  It is only that we take the time to understand and dissect our life to make a conclusion why we are happy or unhappy. Tapping into our mind and clearing out that dark closet that we never want to open.

Robert Hendricks a psychiastrist who was raised by his mother awhile his father was killed in World War I.  Robert also a soldier himself, fighting in World War II and a author.  Robert find himself in a state of loneness and depressed.  With the help of Dr. Alexander Pereira, who lives in an isolated island, helps him. Robert able to reflect on his past memories, learns about his dad to understand his current state of mind.  Understanding that there was always someone who loved him for who he was even though he didn’t think he good enough.