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Kathi

Kathi Sterling, VA, United States

Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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  • "Very touching story"

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    Jolina Petersheim has written a very involved story that moves backward and forward in time, and is alternately told through the voices of Rhoda, Beth and Amelia. In some books this can be difficult to sort out--but I found that to be no problem here--it was very clear who was speaking and at which time period.

    Beth (in 1996) is a graduate student, studying bioethics, who decides for personal reasons to become a surrogate mother for her professor and his wife. Early pregnancy tests suggest that the child she is carrying might have serious abnormalities. Based only on this early possibility the parents ask Beth to terminate the pregnancy as they do not want to take this risk. Beth, however, cannot imagine doing that, and so flees to Hopen Haus, a Mennonite home for unwed mothers.

    The remainder of the book concerns the subsequent unfolding of events--both tragic and redeeming (through the past and present points of view). Beth finds great comfort living with the Mennonites, and decides to become one of them--as well as becoming a midwife who now works in Hopen Haus. She changes her name to Rhoda (who tells her story in present day time). Because she has a great secret to hide, this provides a good protection for her. Amelia's arrival begins to focus the story in new directions--as Rhoda and others in the community must face a crisis that will effect many. The story moves faster and faster as the climax approaches, and there are a number of twists that makes it all interesting.

    The ending seemed a little too forced, but it basically was a good read (listen). The narration was effective as well. The story had some religious overtones, but that was clear going into the book and worked with the story. I liked it--but think it might appeal to kind of a narrow audience.

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    The Midwife

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    • By Jolina Petersheim
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    Graduate student Beth Winslow was sure she was ready to navigate the challenges of becoming a surrogate. But when early tests indicate possible abnormalities with the baby, Beth is unprepared for the parents' decision to end the pregnancy - and for the fierce love she feels for this unborn child. Desperate, she flees the city and seeks refuge at Hopen Haus, a home for unwed mothers deep in a Tennessee Mennonite community.

    Kathi says: "Very touching story"
  • "Another good Bishop Blackie Ryan my..."

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    Andrew Greeley, one of the most prolific writers ever, has another good book in his Bishop Blackie Ryan series. Blackie is a catholic bishop who has a great love of life and amazing deductive powers. (He even likes to refer to God as "she," perhaps to show how much he refuses to be trapped by tradition?)

    In this book, he must solve the mystery of what has happened to a new bishop who has made himself so unpopular with his rigid and often hurtful insistence on the letter of religious law (as opposed to the spirit of it) that several have been heard to make frustrated remarks wishing him dead. Unfortunately, many get their secret wish when the new bishop, and the train he was riding on, both disappear! He is finally located, but badly injured by a huge overdose of heroin that will likely render him unable ever to function in his old position again.

    In what becomes a frantic search to find the perpetrator, Greeley explores larger questions about guilt, and leaves the reader pondering a few other ethical issues as well. In this book, the stories of two people who have uttered these desperate wishes that Bishop Quill were dead, form part of the back story, explaining what it was about the man that was so odious. Unfortunately, it also makes them obvious suspects, so their stories are interesting, even endearing in a way, on their own.

    If you have never read a Blackie Ryan novel you are in for a treat. And for the best part of all, this book is narrated by the incomparable George Guidall. I did not give either story or narrator 5 stars because I am aware of better books/narrations by Greeley and Guidall, but even so, this was a really good book, and I greatly recommend it.

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    The Bishop and the Missing L Train

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    International best-selling author Andrew M. Greeley is hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "a fascinating novelist" with a rare, possibly unmatched point of view. In this baffling mystery, the unpopular and incompetent Bishop Gus Quill is assigned to the Archdiocese of Chicago despite loud protests. When he disappears while riding the L Train, it falls to Bishop Blackie Ryan to find him.

    Mary says: "Another humane author, hooray!"
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  • Heaven's Wager: The Heaven Trilogy, Book 1

    "Climbing the ladder of success. What's at the top?"

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    Enjoyed this book. Dekker is a Christian, so if you're offended by Christian themes, you will not like this book. I enjoy most of Dekker's writing. This story held my interest and consequently I've decided to buy more in this series.

  • Waiting for Summer's Return

    "A Very Nice CHRISTIAN Romance Novel"

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    I agree with the majority of comments on this book. I usually don't read/listen to romance novels - I find them too "syrupy" and juvenile, and prefer, instead, mysteries. However, I liked this book. While not using adjectives such as "Awesome" or "Fantastic", I would say it was "Pleasant" or "Heartwarming", and I would consider listening to more of this author's books. No explicit sex or profanity. For those who are offended by Scripture or Christian themes, you will do better to look elsewhere. I am a Christian, however, so I enjoyed it. Barbara Caruso's narration was top-notch - her German dialect was perfect. I would be surprised if told that she does not speak fluent German. Do not let that put you off, though. Only a few words in German, and when one of the characters speaks German, (there is a grandmother who speaks no English) the German is translated. I disagree with those who say that the book ended abruptly. The author's "Where the Heart Leads" is the sequel to this book, but I'm sad to see that one reviewer has said that it is not as good as this book. I might try "My Heart Remembers" next.

  • The Chair: A Novel

    "Very nice story"

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    Interesting story - very pleasant listening experience. Mr. Rubart does a great job with the narration. I've had some negative listening experiences where the author narrates his/her own book, but Mr. Rubart does a good job here. This is not a gripping, on-the-edge-of-your-seat story, but held my attention to the end. It's a story of restoration. The protagonist and his friends are not Christians, so Rubart explores how non-believers respond to the concept that a chair would have the ability to heal, if it were, indeed, made by Christ. It's not preachy at all, IMO. I recommend it.

  • Some Wildflower in My Heart

    "Wonderful story - enjoyed it very much!"

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The book is written in the first person. One of the other reviewers commented that "This author appears to have a distain for men and anyone from the south. Her imitation of southern accents is demeaning to southerners. She has a selfish disregard for others I was frequently disgusted with her degrading portrait of others." Unfortunately, the reviewer has misunderstood. It is not the author she is describing, but the protagonist, since, as I have said, it is written in the first person. If you re-read the publisher's summary, you will see that it says Margaret Tuttle is objective and self-contained. That, IMO, is to put it mildly. She is caustic and abrasive, and very difficult to work for. Because of negative events in her teen years, she has built a wall around herself that she will not allow anyone to penetrate. She has no friends, and a platonic relationship with her husband. And she wants nothing to do with God or church or religion, for reasons you will discover as the story unfolds. Then Birdie Freeman becomes a cafeteria employee, and Margaret's life changes. Yes, there is definitely a Christian theme here. But it is not preachy. I am very happy that I have this book in my library.

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    Shante, Deandrea, and Misha live very different lifestyles, but they have one thing in common: they are married to successful pastors. Shante; is a successful Minister and bestselling author who receives 2 pieces of information that will change hers and Max’ life. Deandrea once a psychologist with her own practice, gives it up to support her husband’s work in the church. Finds she is struggling to keep her family together and struggling with the decision she made to support him. Misha’s exterior is soft-spoken but the battle that rages inside of her speaks volumes when let loose.
    All of them are facing challenges in their personal lives and ministries. But we know God will use our own stuff to bless another, and that is exactly what He tries to do in this trio while at a First Ladies' conference.
    While at the conference secrets are uncovered, judgments are passed and with each invitation from God they begin to wonder WHY? I absolutely loved this story the issues were very real and several times I laughed, cried and did a Sunday morning shout, for the characters. Three women who despite their less than perfect circumstance, realize that if they rely on each other and their faith they can watch their friendship and their lives transform into what God has ordained.
    Richey tells a captivating story that takes the readers on a journey into the challenges that face these First Ladies. Companion reads which are also part of this series is Lady Preacher which is Shante Dogan’ story followed by Deandrea Simmons story in The Long Ride Home and lastly in The Veil we meet Misha Holloway. But in Sunday Morning Blues they all come together for healing, advice and renewal.
    An outstanding read and turning points you won’t forget.

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    Shante is an internationally known conference speaker and best-selling author who just received the shock of her life. Deandrea is an aggressive psychologist with two doctoral degrees who is struggling to keep her family together with her husband's busy schedule. Misha is a soft-spoken teacher who is in a battle to keep her child from being taken from her. All of them are facing challenges in their marriages and ministries. After a chance meeting at a First Ladies' conference, secrets of their pasts are revealed.

    Nina says: "loved it"

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  • Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari: The Good News Shoes, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Jill Osborne Narrated by Jorjeana Marie

    Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari: The Good News Shoes, Book 3

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    • By Jill Osborne
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
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    If you're gonna run for your life, you gotta wear the right shoes. Pre-teen shoe model Riley Mae laces up her flaming orange Sole Fire running shoes for another ad campaign - this time in Kenya, Africa! Kenya is the perfect place for runners to train, with its high elevation and encouragement from Olympic athletes. It's also a great hiding place for Riley and her Swiftriver friends from so-called enemies back in the United States - but for how long?

  • That Dog Won't Hunt: Dearing Family, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Brandilyn Collins Narrated by Melissa Moran

    That Dog Won't Hunt: Dearing Family, Book 1

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    • By Brandilyn Collins
    • Narrated By Melissa Moran
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    Meet the Dearings, a crazy, loving, boisterous family in small-town Mississippi. There's mom and dad, three daughters and their families, and the youngest - 25-year-old Ben. Oh, and the family dog, a Yorkie who thinks she's royalty.

  • Mail Order Bride: Tainted on Her Way to the Colorado Cowboy: Western Christian Romance Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Vanessa Carvo Narrated by Joe Smith

    Mail Order Bride: Tainted on Her Way to the Colorado Cowboy: Western Christian Romance Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Vanessa Carvo
    • Narrated By Joe Smith
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    Mail Order Bride: Tainted on Her Way to the Colorado Cowboy tells the story of a young woman's journey to Colorado in 1865. She intended on meeting the love of her life after answering an ad in a mail order bride catalogue, but encountered a trying ordeal along the way. Sarah will need to cling to the Lord more than ever as she continues her path toward her Colorado cowboy and the Lord's plan of matrimony.

    Kathy says: "What a wonderful story!"
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  • A Christmas Dozen: Storyteller of the Heart, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Steve Burt Narrated by Steve Burt

    A Christmas Dozen: Storyteller of the Heart, Book 2

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    • By Steve Burt
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    Rev. Dr. Steve Burt, the Congregational minister known as The Christmas Story Pastor, has been sharing his emotional holiday stories - modern parables revealing the true meaning of Christmas - for 40 years in print and in read-aloud programs. Millions have heard him read his stories on radio and television, with millions more seeing them in Family Circle or the Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

    pro writer & bookseller says: "Finally, from great book to great audio book!"
  • The Great Divorce: C. S. Lewis Signature Classic (






UNABRIDGED) by C. S. Lewis Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt

    The Great Divorce: C. S. Lewis Signature Classic

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    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
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    C.S. Lewis's dazzling allegory about heaven and hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, as he takes issue with the ideas in William Blake's ‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'. In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations.

  • Mail Order Bride: Emily Seeks out the Traveling Preacher for Love (






UNABRIDGED) by Amy Rollins Narrated by Joe Smith

    Mail Order Bride: Emily Seeks out the Traveling Preacher for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Amy Rollins
    • Narrated By Joe Smith
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    Mail Order Bride: Emily Seeks out the Traveling Preacher for Love is the emotional story of a Southern woman, right before the Civil War, who is determined to find a childhood sweetheart in a traveling preacher. When he told her that his life was being an evangelist and that traveling across the country wasn't exactly a good life for a Southern lady, she told him that she wanted to join him in his ministry, as she had attended school and learned all about preaching.

    Kathy says: "An eye opener!"