One of the downsides of not having bookshelves in the new house (partially because we can’t afford to buy any right now and partially because even if we could buy some I don’t know where we’d put them) is that all of my books are now stuffed in random boxes in our downstairs storage closet. And not only are they in boxes but they are in unmarked boxes, so I have no idea what I’m going to find when I go down there looking for a book. The upside of this predicament is that I have no idea what I’m going to find when I go down there looking for a book. Yeah, it’s a catch-22. Oh, and the other thing? I’ll go down to the basement for just one book and return to the living room with six. Heh. Only another devout book-lover will understand that one! The point is though that I’ve been on a real reading kick lately, and it’s been a while since I’ve shared a book post so I thought, “why not?” Some of these I’ve read before and just love them so much I wanted to read them again; others I picked up for the first time this past week. So without further ado, here’s what been gracing my nightstand recently:
Janet Evanovich – Full House
I haven’t read anything else by Janet Evanovich although my family adores her Stephanie Plum series and tells me I need to read them. I purchased this particular book in an airport and then it sat in my house for months before I finally picked it up and ended up reading it in a day. It’s a fun, cutesy read about a recently divorced mother of two who decides to take polo lessons (not that she’s ridden a horse before) and the incredibly wealthy polo instructor, who also happens to own the entire horse farm and probably half of Loudoun County, Virginia. While I found the romance to be a bit unbelievable, it keep me entertained and while I wouldn’t read it a second time, I did enjoy this one. Consider it an easy beach read this summer!
Siri L. Mitchell – Moon over Tokyo
Allie O’Connor lives in Japan and is a reporter for the military magazine Stars and Stripes. When she prays for a friend who speaks English and lives nearby, it never occurs to her to specify female. When God drops her former high school nemesis Eric Larsen into her lap, she is not amused. Allie struggles with this new friendship until finally she realizes that God really did answer her prayer – maybe not the way she expected, but we all know God is in control! This book was another easy read, and one I’ve read before. Aside from the plot, which is good, the descriptions of Japan are incredibly well done – every time I read this book I get wanderlust to see Japan. Someday, maybe! Another great summer read.
Dee Henderson – Before I Wake
I am a huge Dee Henderson fan – I’ve read the O’Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series countless times, so when she returned from her hiatus with a new book (Full Disclosure – not the one I’m reviewing here), I was thrilled. Sadly, I was also disappointed. I couldn’t believe the book was written by my beloved Dee – the plot was so poor and the characters were so flat that I didn’t even finish the book, and I never do that. So when I came across this book in the basement I decided I’d give it a try – I actually assumed I had read it previously, since it was a Dee Henderson book and I owned it. Once I got to the last page I realized that I most definitely had not read it before; because if I had there would have been absolutely NO WAY I’d have picked it up again. This book had no ending to speak of. **SPOILER ALERT** The book revolves around the small town of Justice, Illinois – where a string of murders has the usually quiet town in an uproar. As it turns out the deaths are a result of a new designer drug – the cook and a few cronies are secretly testing it out on unsuspecting tourists who pass through the town. To make a long story short – you never find out who the bad guy is. One accomplice is brought to light and then killed in a car accident – but the criminal mastermind? Yeah, for all the reader knows he moved to another small town and started all over again. INFURIATING. Not to mention the budding romance the reader starts to feel between the three main characters is NEVER pursued – we don’t know what happens, if anything. Who does that?! If there was a sequel in the works I would understand, but this book was published in 2006 – so I don’t see a sequel coming anytime.
Bottom line: If you want a great Dee Henderson novel, read any of The O’Malley series or the Uncommon Heroes series, but don’t waste your time or money on Before I Wake.
Lori Wick – Pretense
After my disappointing experience with Before I Wake I immediately turned to what is probably my favorite book of all time – Pretense, by Lori Wick. This book spans approximately twenty years in the lives of two sisters – Mackenzie “Micki” Bishop and Delancey Joy “DJ” Bishop…which sounds like it could be boring, but it’s not. Wick does an incredible job of creating characters that you just cannot help but fall in love with, and the sister’s struggles with Christianity and their way to Christ are excellently portrayed. This is a definite win and one of my top recommendations for anybody. Read it!
Dee Henderson – Unspoken
Clearly I am a glutton for punishment as I picked up yet another recent Dee Henderson novel. I guess after her early books I can’t help but continue to hope that her books will return to the page turners I once knew them to be. I only just started this book, but 100 pages in I’m skeptical that it will get any better. Charlotte Graham was kidnapped at age 16 and held for four years – after she was found she changed her identity and started a new life. Bryce Bishop owns a rare coin business and comes across Charlotte when she approaches him about selling some rare coins she inherited through her late grandfather’s estate. I’d like to start off by saying that I’m not sure how she can change her identity and then publicly become known as this apparently ridiculously wealthy man’s granddaughter, but whatever. So far we know next to nothing about what happened to Charlotte while she was kidnapped and I’ve heard more about rare coins that I care to hear about in a lifetime, but I’m hoping the book will pick up and surprise me in the end. Stay tuned…
Anybody else have any good book recommendations out there, or have you read any of the books mentioned above? I’d love to hear your thoughts!