Thursday, October 9, 2014

This Book Room

At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell . . . and so do the women who are drawn there.

Yellow Samsonite suitcase with ivory, quilted lining, 1950s...
Violet Turner had always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. Though she knows the personal history behind each precious item she sells, Violet refuses to acknowledge her own past. When she is faced with the possibility of losing the store, she realizes that, as much as she wants to, she cannot save it alone.

Taffeta tea length wedding gown with scooped neckline and cap sleeves, 1952...
Eighteen-year-old April Morgan is nearly five months along in an unplanned pregnancy when her hasty engagement is broken. When she returns the perfect 1950s wedding dress, she discovers unexpected possibilities and friends who won't let her give up on her dreams.

Orange sari made from silk dupioni with gold paisley design, 1968...
Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off her old clothes, remnants of her past life. After decades of housekeeping and parenting a daughter who rejects her traditional ways, she fears she has nothing more ahead for her.

An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of women's friendship and love, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal and hope when we least expect it.

My thoughts: If you're a fan of Kate Jacobs or Debbie Macomber, you will seriously enjoy this book. I know I did, and I am really hoping this isn't the last we've seen of these characters. I love books where characters who seemingly have little to nothing in common come together in a way they never would've before... if not for their loving author. Susan weaves their lives together and tells their stories with grace. This is a book I would absolutely re-read.

Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.

That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.

My thoughts: Jason chose this book for the Reading Contentment Challenge. The second he was done reading and weeping, he told me I must read this book. I hemmed and hawed a little, but eventually caved in. And my husband was totally right: I needed to read this book. The world they create is wholly magical, but even more magically wondrous is their friendship. For anyone who ever said a boy and a girl can't be friends, this book is for you. If you enjoyed Chronicles of Narnia and other young children's lit, this book is also for you. Honestly, I believe this book is for anyone.

When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on.

A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer’s who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks.

A team of Angels Walking take on the mission to restore hope for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia. Can such small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? And can the words of a stranger rekindle lost love? Every journey begins with a step.

It is time for the mission to begin…

My thoughts: This author can be really hit or miss for me, and once you've read a few series, her style of writing can become very predictable and boring. This series is full of excitement and freshness. I've never read a book with quite this plot before, and I'm very excited to read future books in this series to figure out what exactly is going on. If you've liked other Karen Kingsbury books, this one is a winner for sure.

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