Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Review:  The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee
Portia Cuthcart leaves Texas after her marriage fails due to her husband’s betrayal.  She has always wanted to operate The Glass Kitchen, a restaurant established by her Grandmother.  When she relocates to Manhattan her only desire is to never cook again because a gift she inherited from her Grandmother, “the knowing” is the engine of her creativity and way she knew what food would heal her customers appears to result in her Grandmother’s death.  Once relocated due to financial hardships of her sisters and herself Portia resurrects her dream of the Glass Kitchen.   When she moves into the run down brownstone bequeathed to her by her great Aunt Eve, she meets Ariel, her sister Miranda and their father Gabriel who have purchased the upper levels of the brownstone.  Sparks fly between Portia and Gabriel, and coupled with facing into her fear of the knowing Portia must deal with old fears which stand in the way of her creativity, her desire for love and family and realizing her dream magic with food.
This was a delightful very engaging read!  The characters, and plot line the complexity of relationships begun through a leap of faith ring true to life.  
Please pick up if you are looking for a light romance with a little something extra

Reviewed by Karen H.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Best Books of 2014

Want to know what to read next? Here are links to the Best Books of 2014. Make a list of titles that interest you and search our catalog to see what's available. 
Posted by Cara 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Liane Moriarity has written another page turner filled with complexity and undulating undercurrents that crest and wreak havoc on what appears to be a straight laced community filled with interdependent members.  Liana Moriarty has shown herself a master of writing insightful, funny, poignant, and thought-provoking page turners. With BIG LITTLE LIES she proves that she’s at the top of her game. The complexity begins when a single mother and her little boy age 5 become part of the close nit community of Pirriwee.  The little boy new comer is accused of trying to choke another little girl who is strangely tightlipped and reticent after the accusation of made.

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.  And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.  As the reader moves through the back story of each of the characters it becomes evident that what appears to be truth is instead a landscape filled with big little lies.

BIG LITTLE LIES is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

This is a most engaging read that will have current and new fans eager to talk and share their thoughts…and truth; about what is real and what is a lie.

Posted by Karen from Book Flap.  Do pick this one up! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reaching Out To Your Past

Relationships are complicated. Meet Georgie, a sitcom writer who has a chance to create her own show with her writing partner, Seth.  Georgie chooses to spend the holiday season writing a pitch for the show of her dreams instead of traveling to Omaha with her husband Neal and their two young girls.  Neal is not thrilled with the idea of going on his own for the holidays.

Georgie, wracked with guilt over not leaving LA,  tries everything possible to reach her husband during their separation, including calling him in Omaha on her old yellow land line phone from her old childhood bedroom. Miraculously, the land line phone always seems to reach Neal, though it is the Neal during their courtship in college.

Georgie experiences talking with her husband during the week prior to their engagement. She becomes wrapped up these conversations and becomes increasingly disinterested in writing the new show despite the deadline. Her writing partner and best friend Seth tries to keep her focused on their dream of creating their own scripts.

Landline is the creation author Rainbow Rowell, who is known for Eleanor and Park and Fangirl. Pick up Landline and connect to a relationship that is realistic and touching.

Review by Cara

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth is a totally engrossing tale of consisting of three story lines with the fairy tale Rapunzel at its apex.    Charlotte Rose de la Force is banished from Versailles by Louis the IV, the Sun King.  Her scandalous affairs go beyond even what is fashionable in that time period.   Charlotte is also a French Novelist which was a unique calling during this time period. She bonds with a mysterious older nun Soeur Seraphina who calms and engages her with the glories of her herbal garden.   She also spins a tale about a beautiful young girl with red gold hair locked in a tower.  The story moves to the fate of Margherita whose father steals bitter greens from the garden of Selena who demands the first born child or the father will have his hands chopped off.  In desperation the father promises this since it is seven years away and likely anything can change in that time period.  Of course it does not and Margherita is spirited away soon after her seventh birthday and banished to the tower by Selena.  The novel then moves to the life and times of Charlotte which resulted in her banishment and next to the life of Selena and her mystical gifts and dark talents.  If the reader gets this far into the story it becomes a page turner wherein the outcome of all three powerful women is eager sought.  -The reader is pulled into another world of where magical happenings were regular occurrences and ingenuity the part of Charlotte Rose, Margherita and Selena have the reader cheering each of them onward.   A tale for any who want to be swept away by a tantalizing fairy tale for adults!

Reviewed by Karen   

Monday, November 17, 2014

Now an American citizen living in Rochester, New York, Salva was a young fugitive of the war in Sudan who lived in a refugee camp for ten years. He finally traveled to America, where he is still studying for his bachelor's degree in International Business. Salva Dut was only 11 when he had to take the long and treacherous journey to Ethiopia, where he spent about six years living there. Then Salva led the "Lost Boys of Sudan" to a refugee camp in Kenya. From there only about 3000 people were chosen to go to America, but Salva was one of them. He was relocated to Rochester where he was adopted by a man named Chris and his wife. There he lived, but later decided to go back home to Southern Sudan and started his non-profitable organization that changed his old home, called "Water for Southern Sudan".

I read this in two evenings!  It was so affecting, horrifying and filled with moments no child should have to experience.  A true life story about a resilient young Lost Boy who grew into a visionary and honorable man!  This one was recommended by one of my young customers at Gwinnett County Public Library Lilburn Branch.

Please pick this one up!

Reviewed by Karen J. Harris

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tales of Terror

Below are a selection of tales to get you in the mood for Halloween.

Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, 10 year old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When the drawings take a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire.

Review provided by the publisher.

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Okiku is a lonely soul. She has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the spirits of the murdered-dead. Once a victim herself, she now takes the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due. But releasing innocent ghosts from their ethereal tethers does not bring Okiku peace. Still she drifts on. Such is her existence, until she meets Tark. Evil writes beneath the moody teen's skin, trapped by a series of intricate tattoos. While his neighbors fear him, Okiku knows the boy is not a monster. Tark needs to be freed from the malevolence that clings to him. There's just one problem: if the demon dies, so does it's host.

Review from the dust jacket flap.

Property of a Lady by Sarah Rayne
A house with a sinister past and a grisly power. When Michael Flint is asked by American friends to look over an old Shropshire house they have unexpectedly inherited, he is relucatnt to leave the quiet of his Oxford study. But when he sees Charect Hourse, its uncanny echoes from the past fascinate him, even though it has a sinister reputation that no one has lived there for almost a century. But it's not until Michael meets a young widow, Nell West, that the menace within the house wakes...

Review provided by the publisher.

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Posted by Cara