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Cork is on the run with a price on his head, suspected of murder himself . . . so he runs to his cousin, Jewell, in Michigan . . . where he finds little solace. The mystery continues to unfold, and its as good a story as the first books in the series.
What a fun listen! Never would I have thought that a book narrated by a dog could be so much fun . . . but I thoroughly enjoyed it . . . a kidnapped girl, Bernie and his dog, Chet . . .
One of the most interesting and entertaining books I've come across in a long, long time . . . the folks in this small country Oklahoma town call 'em like they see 'em . . . Life is hard in 1912 and when an old drunk freezes to death in his front yard nobody expects murder . . . but seems as though it may be just that . . . I grew to love the Day and the Tucker families in this expertly narrated book . . . and never saw what was coming in the end . . . can't wait to listen to the next in the series . . . which I have already downloaded . . .
Hidden deep within us all is the child, either wrapped up and protected, or scared and running . . . and inside Stanley Peke is the seven year old Jewish boy in the forests of Poland during WWII. He's 72 years old now. He's lived a good life, re-invented himself in America, become a successful businessman, Americanized his name. After 40 years in New England, it's time to sell his big home and downsize. Then on moving day, he is tricked and it is all stolen, taken, and a lifetime of memories is ripped away from him. Insurance will cover it. But that's not the point. His wife, Rose, wants him to let it go. He thinks and thinks about it. He walks around in the empty house. And something primal stirs deep within him . . . he cannot let it go. He has lost everything once before . . . not again. The emotional roller coaster that Jonathan Stone takes us on in Moving Day is one that is unexpected, deeply shaking and it will keep me thinking for a long time. How much we are shaped by our early years . . . How much we keep hidden deep within ourselves . . . even from those we love the most . . . How little we understand our own motivations . . . How the material things around us, the home we build with the ones we love . . . well, they are everything . . . and nothing . . .
This is a great listen, a human story of facing cancer and the death of a loved one and the aftermath of picking up the pieces of life and the emptiness that comes after loss. This book about Lucy, a college professor, who teaches religion and has an odd interest in all the Catholic saints is funny, quirky, and deeply emotional. She nurses her best friend until he dies of cancer. Then grief stricken, she goes to Russia to adopt a little boy. The circumstances of adopting from a Russian orphanage are strange and scary . . . and I can truly relate to them, as adoption in Romania was the same . . . greasing the palms of the officials, and not knowing one day to the next if you would ever get out of the country with your child. You will grow to love Lucy, her parents and friends . . . and most of all little Matt. It is a clean story, full of heart.
The Last Sin Eater is one of the BEST audio books that I have ever listened to. I had never heard of a sin eater before. After listening, I had to research the custom of using sin eaters when a person died, and found that it was common in Europe during the 1800's and that early settlers to the Smoky Mountains probably carried the practice to the Appalachian Mountains for a time. As late as the early 1900's, the practice still existed in Bavaria. How amazing (and crazy) what people do to try to get rid of their sins and make their way into heaven . . . when Jesus Christ has already paid the price in full. Not only is this an incredible lesson in history, it's a wonderful generational story of family and faith. I can't recommend it enough.
A heartwarming story of a returning war veteran and his struggles to re-integrate into normal society after suffering traumatic brain injury and severe PTSD . . . I learned so much about service dogs, which until now I thought were only for sight or hearing impaired people. The story of Captain Montalvan and Tuesday is at times a hard one to listen to. But it is one of healing and progress. Being the mother of two Iraqi war veterans, it helps to hear from a first hand point of view what these brave young men have endured . . . and survived.
Born in 1936, left under a bridge, abandoned and found by Pastor Zeke, Abra began life alone. Then loved and treasured by Zeke, his wife Marianne, and their son Joshua, Abra feels safe . . . for five years. Widowed, grief stricken and weighed down by the demands of his church ministry, Pastor Zeke allows the Matthews family from his parish to adopt Abra. Brokenhearted, Abra doesn't trust anyone . . . let alone a God who would take Marianne, the only mother she had ever known away. At seventeen, Abra runs off with a good looking rich boy, mistaking his attentions for love, leading her on a five year search to "find herself". But as far and as hard as she could run, she couldn't outrun God. Bridge to Haven is a well written, honest look at broken people in need of a loving God. All of us Christians would do well to listen and learn . . . to love as Christ loves, to extend grace as Christ does, and to be His hands and feet in a world in much need of acceptance and care.
As soon as I finished this, I had to look up the details of Don Julius, the mad son of King Rudolph II and his relationship with Marketa . . . best done AFTER listening to The Bloodletter's Daughter. The 1600's was a fascinating time in history, when a great debate between Christianity and Science began, as well as one between Catholics and Protestants. While some listeners think the book long and wandering with unneeded content, I found the discussions of astrology, medicine, potions, changing thoughts on bleeding patients, and the great battle between the priest and the physician to be critical to the story and time period . . . and a great foundation for modern medicine and science. Without wavering on faith in God. In the beginning, I was put off by the acts in the bath houses, and very much so by Marketa's mother . . . but now I have researched, and I find that the bath houses were common during this period in history. I'm saddened that children could have been used in this way. The book is fiction, written very much like an old Grimm's fairy tale, mixing historical facts with some "magic" and taking some liberties . . . the legend of the white lady exist and are expertly woven into the book . . . It was a long listen, expertly woven and the end was worth the wait.
The Victory Club is the story of four very different women (who are friends) in Boise, Idaho during WWII. The war has affected each of them in ways they didn't expect and tested their faith in God. I very much appreciate the open Christian dialog in this book AND that the trials that the women and the soldiers that they love encounter are not sugar coated or swept under the rug, but rather are dealt with honestly. It's a good, solid listen. It's a clean, wholesome book, and the scriptures included are a balm to my soul.
When I first started listening to The Back Road, I wasn't at all sure I was going to like it. It seemed as though the entire book was going to be a dark tale of abuse. But it wasn't that at all. The sisters, Ellie and Leo, who share the same father, but different mothers, and their different paths growing up is a big part of the story. The small town, where everybody knows their neighbor, (or thinks they do) is very interesting . . . and it kept me totally intrigued as the "skeletons" kept coming out of the closets. The book is a bit long, but after the first hour, I found myself fully engaged and vested in the characters. Some are prickly, some disgusting, some standoffish, some kind, some misunderstood, and some I wanted to wrap my arms around and hug. This is a well written, well thought out book, and I never would have guessed the ending. Well worth the wait!
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