Saturday, November 12, 2011

This Book Room: a week of books in a series (again)

Miriam Lapp, who left the Amish community in Pennsylvania three years ago, is heartbroken when her sister calls to reveal that her mother has died suddenly. Traveling home to Pennsylvania, she is forced to face the heartache from her past, including her rift from her family and the break up of her engagement with Timothy Kauffman. Her past emotional wounds are reopened when her family rejects her once again and she finds out that Timothy is in a relationship with someone else. Miriam discovers that the rumors that broke them up three years ago were all lies. However, when Timothy proposes to his girlfriend and Miriam's father disowns her, Miriam returns to Indiana with her heart in shambles.brWhen Miriam's father has a stroke, Miriam returns to Pennsylvania, and her world begins to fall apart, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community and her faith in God.

Additional notes: This is the third book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. You can read my review of the first book here and the second book here. This series will have six full-length novels and a couple Christmas novellas.

My thoughts: I really loved the first book in this series, but since then, the series has somewhat became the standard boy-meet-girls routine. Amy's a great writer, but this book moved a bit slowly and frustratingly for me.

From bestselling author Gordon Korman, the thrilling conclusion to the adventure aboard the unluckiest ship of all. The Titanic was supposed to be unsinkable - the largest passenger steamship in the world, one of the biggest and most luxurious ships ever to operate. For Paddy, Sophie, Juliana, and Alfie, the Titanic is full of mysteries - whether they're to be found in the opulent first-class cabins and promenade decks or the shadows in the underbelly of the ship. Secrets and plans are about to be revealed - only now disaster looms, and time is running out. The four of them need to find the truth, unmask the killer...and try not to go down with the ship.

Additional notes: This is the third and final book in the Titanic series. You can read my review of the first book here and the second book here.

My thoughts: What a great conclusion to this story! I love reading about the Titanic and envisioning what it must've been like. This series is great at giving a look as to what that could have been like, especially for youngsters on the ship.

Unknown to her tiny town of Deep Haven, Isadora Presley spends her nights as Miss Foolish Heart, the star host of a syndicated talk radio show. Millions tune in to hear her advice on dating and falling in love, unaware that she’s never really done either. Issy’s ratings soar when it seems she’s falling in love on-air with a caller. A caller she doesn’t realize lives right next door. Caleb Knight served a tour of duty in Iraq and paid a steep price. The last thing he wants is pity, so he hides his disability and moves to Deep Haven to land his dream job as the high school football coach. When his beautiful neighbor catches his eye, in a moment of desperation he seeks advice from My Foolish Heart, the show that airs before his favorite sports broadcast. Before he knows it, Caleb finds himself drawn to the host—and more confused than ever. Is his perfect love the woman on the radio . . . or the one next door?

Additional notes: This is the fourth book in the Deep Haven series. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here and the third book here. So far as I know, this series is ongoing.

My thoughts: I really, really liked this book - best one in the series, by far. I like that Susan tackles issues beyond boy-meets-girl silliness. Her books really make me think about my own relationships with others and God and how I'm holding back. Highly recommend this one!

In the dramatic conclusion to the New York Times best seller Her Mother’s Hope, Francine Rivers delivers a rich and deeply moving story about the silent sorrows that can tear a family apart and the grace and forgiveness that can heal even the deepest wounds. Growing up isn’t easy for little Carolyn Arundel. With her mother, Hildemara, quarantined to her room with tuberculosis, Carolyn forms a special bond with her oma Marta, who moves in to care for the household. But as tensions between Hildie and Marta escalate, Carolyn believes she is to blame. When Hildie returns to work and Marta leaves, Carolyn and her brother grow up as latchkey kids in a world gripped by the fear of the Cold War. College offers Carolyn the chance to find herself, but a family tragedy shatters her newfound independence. Rather than return home, she cuts all ties and disappears into the heady counterculture of San Francisco. When she reemerges two years later, more lost than ever, she reluctantly turns to her family to help rebuild a life for her and her own daughter, May Flower Dawn. Just like Carolyn, May Flower Dawn develops a closer bond with her grandmother, Hildie, than with her mother, causing yet another rift between generations. But as Dawn struggles to avoid the mistakes of those who went before her, she vows that somehow she will be a bridge between the women in her family rather than the wall that separates them forever. Spanning from the 1950s to present day, Her Daughter’s Dream is the emotional final chapter of an unforgettable family saga about the sacrifices every mother makes for her daughter—and the very nature of unconditional love.

Additional notes: This is the second and final book in the Marta's Legacy series. The first book is titled Her Mother's Hope.

My thoughts: I could not say enough of this series if I tried. If you enjoy saga-type books, like North and South by John Jakes or Roses by Leila Meacham (by the way, I highly recommend the North and South series as well as Roses), you will highly enjoy these books. They are ah-mazing. I'm super sad the series is only two books... I hope Francine will do another series like this!

A devoted fireman and a driven businessman, strangers with the same face. Only one will leave the Twin Towers alive, but will he ever find his way home? On the morning of September 11, 2001, two men meet in a smoky stairwell of the World Trade Center. One is Eric Michaels, a driven financial manager from Los Angeles who has been busy climbing the corporate ladder, often at the expense of his wife and young son. The other is Jake Bryan, a New York City fireman devoted to his wife and daughter. In the midst of the crisis, Eric falls on the stairs and Jake stops to help him up. The two men freeze momentarily, stunned by the uncanny resemblance between them. Later, after the building has crumbled to the ground, Eric awakes beneath a fire truck. He is burned and bloody and most of his clothes have been blown off. A fire captain rushes to his side, thinking he recognizes his friend Jake. By the time Jake's wife arrives at the hospital, Eric's face is bandaged and his memory gone. In the months that follow, Eric struggles to relate to a wife and daughter he doesn't remember, while on the opposite coast Eric's real wife grieves and finds comfort from Eric's brother, a single man who has always adored her. The emotional suspense builds as Eric begins to have disturbing dreams and flashbacks---and questions grow in Jake's wife's mind. The only way for Eric to find his way is by following the love of a special woman, and the footsteps of a man who no longer exists.

Additional notes: This is the first book in the 9/11 series. There are three books in this series, and all have been released.

My thoughts: I think most people my age or older feel a certain fascination with 9/11 - the people who must've suffered and the people who were left behind who are still suffering, it's just so awful, it's really fascinating. I like this series in that it really focuses on those who selfishly give their lives to us to attempt to save our lives - firefighters and police officers. Karen handles 9/11 brilliantly, and I believe these books are an accurate portrayal of the emotions behind this day for these service men and women. This book was a great insight to that day and period for me.

No comments: