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This mystery, the third in the series,stays true to the story line of ex-sheriff, Cork O'Connor standing up against evil and injustice on Iron Lake. The history of the native Indians is interwoven, and as in the first two books, his wife Jo, is an attorney who represents the Indians. The locals want Cork to run for sheriff again . . . which isn't decided in book three. The story takes twists and turns, which are unexpected and keeps you listening. My husband and I have listened to the first three in the series together while taking road trips to visit our kids. We will be moving on the Number Four!
What a delightful listen! Ms. Myrtle, retired eighty-something English teacher, with a yard full of garden gnomes . . . and a son named, Red, who happens to be the police chief of the small southern town . . . Well, she's trying her BEST to direct her wayward book club toward some classics, such as Dickens or Mark Twain . . . when WHAT should those totally uncultured, imbeciles come up with??? Well, a progressive dinner! That's what! Ridiculous . . . but it's a small town and Ms. Myrtle is voted down . . . so she goes along, even though she's a TERRIBLE cook . . . Great southern charm . . . a town full of busy bodies, in everyone's business . . . but with plenty of secrets . . . and a skillet full of surprises!
An Orthodox Jewish girl growing up at the turn of the century before WWI, in the holy city of Jerusalem, was expected to be married off in her early teens . . . to a man chosen by her father, unbeknownst to her. Esther, feisty and different than her siblings, and the apple of her father's eye . . . takes over the running of the house after the death of her mother . . . and she does all that she can to delay and discourage her father from choosing a husband for her. At school, she learns French and is introduced to art by her teacher, who becomes a life long friend. Esther finds that she is a talented artist, and yearns to paint . . . but as a Jew, it is forbidden. More and more as Esther grows and matures, she struggles against the desires of her heart . . . and the rituals of the Jewish faith, which seem to restrict her. Finally her father succeeds in marrying her off and Esther becomes a wife and mother. I found the book to be very interesting, sometimes so sad . . . and my heart ached for the confines of those in the Jewish faith . . . as I am Christian, and I am so very thankful for the freedom from "the law". Yet, the Jewish people, are God's Chosen people . . . and He has a plan for them. I was both happy and sad listening to Esther's time in Paris . . . wishing discernment for her . . . but in many ways, it was like a kid in a candy shop . . . wisdom did finally come . . . but with a horrible cost . . . and perhaps a loss of faith, or maybe a letting go of something that never was faith at all . . . I was pleased with the ending . . . and the choices that Esther made as a mature woman. The book is well worth the listen.
Wow! This one starts out with chilling (literally and figuratively), calculating menace and continues on from there. Keeps you guessing who the murderer is . . . as another woman is hung in the cold forest to die . . . couldn't stop listening . . .
Every once in a while I need an audio book just like this one . . . it just "hits the spot". It's not particularly deep . . . it's not exactly realistic . . . but it's oh, sooooo good . . . it's escapism at it's best . . . wish there was a sequel. Forget Me Not is a joy to listen to!
I've found another wonderful southern author! The story of Dove and her family, their losses and triumphs, is one I will not soon forget. Losing her mama to illness, and left with her two younger siblings and her step-daddy, Dove, just a teenager is left to care for them all and go to school, as well. Dove's Aunt Bett (her mother's sister) steps in to help, offering a string of Bible verses as a reminder to Dove to stay on the "straight and narrow". Roy Ellis, Dove's step-daddy, a "mostly good man" loves his three kids, but he's grieving awful bad . . . and it's not long before he goes back to the honky tonk and finds himself a young bride. Crystal, just seventeen, loves Roy Ellis, and the family accepts her, even Aunt Bett. And then the unthinkable happens. Again. It's been a long, long time since a story has impacted me like this one. Don't miss it . . .
The Chalice was a good listen, but could have been told much better if it were shorter. I stayed with it until the end. The narration is enjoyable, but the length found my mind wandering. I love historical fiction or I wouldn't have been able to hang in there with this one.
Rarely do I come across a book which combines medicine with faith. A Heartbeat Away is an excellent story of young surgeon, Dr. Tory Taylor's rise to fame as a top cancer surgeon, whose patients love her . . . and whose medical colleagues abhor. Dr. Taylor's treatment of the nurses and medical staff attending her patients has been demeaning, harsh and unprofessional. So much so that she has been placed on administrative leave. Following a virus that has ravaged her heart, Tory has to have a heart transplant, putting her on the receiving end of medical care. She is horrified that the nurses dread to care for her or even help her to the bathroom. Following her transplant, Tory begins a journey that will ultimately change her life . . . humbling, guiding, discovering . . . remembering . . . not only her own memories, but those of the person who gave her a new heart. This is an amazing story . . . mystery, faith, love and more. Can't wait to check out more of Harry Kraus' books.
Southern Historical Fiction at it's VERY best . . . Every kid wants their mother to love them, would travel to the ends of the earth to find them . . . would BELIEVE the best . . . because who ARE we, but some part of our own mothers? So when Starla heads out to Nashville in search of her momma, she is looking for a momma who left her when she was three, a momma she can't remember but for the deep longing in her own heart . . . And for Starla, like for many of us, it is all about the journey . . .
Prior to modern medicine, antibiotics, and when apothecary's were as much or more trusted in the treatment of diseases as doctors, this historical tale takes the listener into the small village of Bedsley Priors, England during the 1800s. Although fiction, I learned a lot about the herbs, many of which are still used today in the treatment of serious illnesses, and the training that apothecaries underwent. Physicians regularly went into the apothecary shops to purchase medicines with which to treat their patients, many times relying on the expertise of the apothecary to distill and mix the herbs and plants. It was against the law for women to practice medicine or to prescribe treatment (as apothecaries did). Class discrimination, of course, ran rampant, then as it does now, and working through acceptable social behavior for women, as well as choosing a "proper" suitor, long kept Lilly, the apothecary's daughter from discovering where her true treasure lay . . . Her faith, ever present, continued to carry her forward, as well as her love for her family, and her journey found her rewarded in the end. Very satisfying listen . . .
Interesting and different, A Witness Above, is the story of Frank Pavlicek, an ex-cop, turned private eye, who runs into the body of a teenage boy while out hunting with his red-tailed falcon in the hills of Virginia. Frank's bread and butter for the past thirteen years has been divorce and non-violent cases, NOT murder, since leaving the NYPD. But what he finds in the teenager's wallet changes all that. The Virginia accents are spot on, as well as many of the attitudes of whites versus blacks. I appreciated that the book wasn't full of expletives, yet was an excellent mystery. The faith and love expressed by the mother of the murdered boy and the way she reached out to Pavlicek was one of my favorite parts of the book. Great listen!
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