Category The Bookshelf

Orphan Train

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline was one of the best books that I read in the past year.

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What I love about historical fiction is learning about things in history that I had never known before.  And, although, I wouldn’t necessarily categorize this book as historical fiction, it provided that element for me.  I had never known about the Orphan Trains that transported orphans from the east coast to the west for a period of 75 years through part of the 19th and 20th centuries.   The trains arrival would be advertised in the towns that it was stopping in and potential adoptive parents would await it’s arrival.  Some of these folks were genuinely looking for babies/children to adopt and many were looking for free labor...

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The Good Luck of Right Now

This book was a pleasant surprise…..

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I had read Matthew Quick’s “The Silver Linings Playbook” and found it a bit disappointing so I hesitated to check this one out of the library.  Maybe I would have enjoyed that first book more if I hadn’t seen the movie first.  The book isn’t as cheerful as the movie is.  But, this isn’t a review of “The Silver Linings Playbook” so I’ll move on.

“The Good Luck of Right Now” is the story of a 38 year old man, Bartholomew Neil,  who would probably fall somewhere on the autism spectrum.  His life is his mother, the Catholic church and the library.  When his mother dies he is forced into finding his own way in life for the first time.  He’s never had a job. He’s never had his own set of friends or plans for a future...

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What Alice Forgot

My second book review is for:

What Alice Forgot

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Lianne Moriarty

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Yes,  I’ve chosen another book by Liane Moriarty and this one was just as enjoyable as the other one.
 
This is a story of a 39 year old wife and mother who, after a head injury at the gym, comes to thinking it is 10 years earlier.  She has no memory of the three children she has delivered, of how or why her marriage has fallen apart, or how her life has become so hectic.
 
Once again Liane Moriarty has created characters that feel genuine, flawed and likable.  I was completely swallowed up in their struggles and rooting for their success.  Moriarty has a way of telling a story that keeps you turning the pages, sorry when it ends yet satisfied with it’s completion.
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The Husband’s Secret

Something I always look forward to when we go on our RV trips is spending plenty of time with a good book.

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To me there isn’t anything much better than enjoying a wonderful novel in a beautiful venue.

So, because of that, I’ve decided to start a category for book recommendations and here’s the first one.

The Husband’s Secret

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Liane Moriarty

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Cecilia Fitzpatrick has what seems to be the perfect life.  She’s a successful business woman with a loving husband and three children.  Everything seems so under control until she stumbles upon a letter from her husband to be opened only in the event of his death.  This book isn’t a mystery waiting for the secret to be revealed.  It’s more about how a secret of such magnitude in someone’s past can affect them, their loved ones and so many others...
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