Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Return of the Mini-Reviews!

It's been eight months since my last Mini Book Review post and I've read twenty-three new books and reread at least thirty books. Yep, I eat books like popcorn. ;-) At least I have a clue how much back breaking work goes into writing a single scene much less an entire work of fiction.

It's time to share a few more good books with you. Today, I'm sticking strictly with Women's Fiction. In fact, three of these authors are my fellow members of the Women's Fiction Writers Association. All I can say is, enjoy!

 
 
THE GLASS WIVES--Amy Sue Nathan
The Glass Wives is a sensitive and truthful story of ex-wives, widows, and single mothers—and the children who share their lives. Amy Sue Nathan has a voice that will sweep you into its embrace. Check out my interview of Amy Sue Nathan from May 21, 2013. I'm still in awe of the intensity of The Glass Wives. This is one of those books that really make you rethink the clich├ęs about divorce and puts it into human perspective. This is a must read.


 
 LOUDER THAN LOVE--Jessica Topper
Louder Than Love is a "twofer". It's a masterful look at a young mother and widow's efforts to come to terms with her loss and how to live again. It's also an unconventional love story--one that will knock you off your feet. Jessica Topper's voice is refreshing and you won't think you've read this one before, because it's an amazing blend of library science and rock and roll. This is a must read.
 
 
BECALMED--Normandie Fischer
Becalmed is another truly unique combination of ideas and experiences. The main character--Tadie Longworth--is a jewelry maker, experienced sailor, and (in one of those loaded Southern terms) a spinster. She faces growing older with her old jerk of a boyfriend back in town when she meets a fellow sailor whose little girl steals her heart. Stuck between the old and the new, she's becalmed in a stew of what might have been and what could be. This is a delightful look at what a hurricane can blow in. Becalmed is a delightful read.
 
 
THE WISHING HILL--Holly Robinson
The Wishing Hill explores what happens when you think you've run away from your past, only to find that it is creeping up on you when you least expect it. This is a haunting story about recognizing the truth that our lives are made up of many choices and experiences. To live fully, we have to accept the good and the bad. The Wishing Hill is a lovely read.
 
I promise you can't go wrong with any of these books. So, if you're hunting a good read to keep you comfortable during the long winter nights ahead, check them out!
 
I promise to not let eight months go by without another installment of mini-reviews. In fact, I hope to do one a month for a while...or more often. Happy reading! ;-)



18 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recommendations, Zan. Always looking for something worth reading to fill the winter hours.

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    1. Check them out, Janet. I think all of them have something to say about life and how real people stumble and get up to live again.

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  2. How lovely of you, Zan Marie! Thank you for your kind words about Becalmed.

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    1. You're very welcome, Normandie. And thank you for your wonderful book!

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  3. Thanks, Zan Marie! So happy to hear you enjoyed Louder Than Love. I'm honored to be included in such company!

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    1. I love LOUDER THAN LOVE! You really hooked me from the start and it never let up. I'm glad to let others know about such a good read.

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  4. I always enjoy your mini reviews! Actually, I might do one myself tomorrow...

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    1. Oh, goody, Deniz! I love it when you do.

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  5. I just got Louder Than Love. I tell you a credit card and a new tablet are a dangerous combination for people who love to read! I'll let you know what I think.

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    1. You can say that again, J! I buy books four or five at a time. The only reason I don't buy more is that I reread just as much.

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  6. Thanks for the book reviews. Now if I can only find time to read. Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but that's what life has been like this year.

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    1. I know you're busy, Sara. I don't know how you do all that you do!

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  7. Your reviews always make my TBR pile expand... Thanks for posting these! :)

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    1. Wow, Lara! I'm glad I help you pick books. You'll really like these.

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  8. These all sound so great, but the question is, which was your VERY favorite?

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    1. Yikes, Crystal! Don't make me do that!!! You won't go wrong with any of them, though try LOUDER THAN LOVE if you want more romantic elements.

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  9. I love these suggestions--your reading test is right up my alley (but then, given your work with the Women's Fiction Association, that's not a big surprise).

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte! Yep, you and I like the same books.

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