Tis the Season: Part II - Fabulous Fiction
As promised in last month’s issue, here is part two of the Ultimate Gift Guide; you’re sure-fire way to buying a wonderful read for the bookworm in your life. It’s perfect for those last minute gifts! Without further ado, I give you another round of Fabulous Fiction.
The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek by Jane Myers Perrine
The Widows of Butternut Creek are up to their match making tricks again. This time they are determined to find a bride for their sweet and beloved Pastor Adam. Their only set back is a pastor and his hopeful other half’s shy ways!
As a college freshman, Gussie Milton suffered a traumatic experience that has left her 'once bitten, twice shy.' Although she'd like to be in a relationship, she is scared and caring for her aging parents, her photography busine
ss, and her church in order to avoid her fear. In the eyes of the Widows, Gussie would make the perfect wife for their young pastor. And though the attraction is mutual, Gussie's past and the pastor's hopes for the future threaten to keep them apart. Can the Widows' meddling be the catalyst that changes the couple's lives forever or are these two meant for the single life?
The Good American by Alex George
A Good American is a beautiful story, the kind that could make us sit for hours at the knee of a beloved grandfather, enraptured with the tales of his past. The storyteller’s talents are evident in author Alex George’s first novel, an engrossing saga of immigrants Frederick and Jette Meisenheimer, who leave Bremen, Germany, in 1904 to create a new life and future in America. George gives voice to the Meisenheimers’ story through their grandson, James, cast as a present-day narrator reflecting on his family’s legacy.
George, a British transplant, writes exquisitely, weaving well-researched history throughout the novel’s fictional plot. The story follows the Meisenheimers’ journey from Europe to America. A Good American is painfully honest, covering subjects less than savory, laying bare life’s harsh realities in a generation of change. Though the world has changed since the Meisenheimers’ pilgrimage, the basics of humanity have not, and themes of love and excitement, disappointment and change, and sorrow and triumph are deeply rooted in this book.
A Good American grasps the idyllic nature of the American dream and should be a must-read for everyone. After all – whether you arrived from abroad yesterday or your relatives were among the founding families– we’re all immigrants in some capacity.
Jennifer’s Garden by Dianne Venetta
In her debut novel, which is the first in the series, Dianne Venetta introduced a cast of wonderful and intriguing characters to life by giving them emotional connections the reader can relate too. Cardiologist, Jennifer Hamilton’s time is like sand in an hourglass, she doesn’t have much and it’s moving quickly. Her dying mother’s last wish gives Jennifer a short window of time to create a beautiful garden out of her empty backyard. Fulfilling her mother’s dream to see her married means Jennifer has to rely on a skilled landscaper to make sure the wish comes true, for better or worse.
Unfortunately Jennifer’s plans are slightly derailed when her landscaper, who came highly recommended, turns out to be a bartender who both infuriates and arouses her at the same time. Suddenly Jennifer’s oh-so-perfect reasons for marrying are becoming rather imperfect and stifling. It turns out Jennifer has a lot to learn about love and Jackson Montgomery seems to be the person to teach her. But, will she fulfill her mother’s last wish or risk it all in the name of love?
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris
Violinist Maddie Kern’s life was predictable and orderly until she fell in love with Lane Moritomo, the ambitious son of Japanese immigrants. Maddie expects their families’ disapproval, but when Pearl Harbor is bombed the day after she and Lane elope, her new husba
nd is no longer viewed as just and outsider, but as an enemy.
Kristina McMorris, author of Letters from Home, amazed me with this title. I loved it. I’m was in awe of how well written this book is and awakened to so many different aspects and trials of that time period that I wasn’t aware of prior to reading the novel. The author has a unique ability to portray the emotions of an era we didn’t belong to, through words. The book is extremely accurate for a historical fiction. The author leaves a note at the end of the book that discusses the importance of accuracy for her in this book and explains how she went about achieving it. Her preparation for this novel is evident in her thoughtful and expressive writing.
Though it is fiction, these characters lived, maybe not as Maddie and Lane but as those who lived with the same hopes, dreams, realities and trials. The characters are well developed and intricately weaved together. To me they were friends, not characters. I was joyful in their happiness, heartbroken in their sorrow and connected with them throughout the entire story. Even though I finished this book long ago, the characters have stayed with me. I was changed by reading this book. I now have a whole new outlook and respect for those involved in WWII after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Bridge of Scarlet Leaves is a must read for 2012.
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel escapes to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future when she spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family.
Fast forward fifty years, Laurel is now a successful and well-regarded actress. Her family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Knowing this may be her last chance, Laurel searches Dorothy’s past for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day.
The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion mixed with a spellbinding story full of history, mystery, thievery, and murder.
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