I am a Grisham fan, having read all of his books. This one I found to be quite under par - in fact, boring! If you are new to Grisham, I would recommend reading his earlier works such as "Rainmaker," "The Client," or "The Pelican Brief."
I started the Mitford series during a difficult time in my Christian walk. The lighthearted writing infused with subtle, simple Christian living was a perfect read to help me put life into perspective. Many "laugh out loud" moments. Yes, the setting is pretty utopic but we can all dream... Loved it - and the entire series.
Death tells of the holocaust from "his" perspective in story of German family. This book has become part of our high school library collection and is a creative way to approach students with this period of time in history. After being so impressed with this book, I read Zusak's "I am the messenger" which, although interesting, I found to be a confusing read.
Thought-provoking, but was disappointed when it became too "Green Mile-ish" (Stephen King). Worth quoting: "When you give birth to a daughter, you've just met the person whose hand you'll be holding the day you die"
A fascinating journey to early 1900s Buffalo, New York focusing on the building of the Niagra Falls power plant. The main character is the female headmistress of a girls school who, harboring a secret of her own, is caught up in a whirlwind of murder, intrigue, power and politics. The other characters, both real and fictional, are full of life and I guarantee you will never think the same of President Cleveland again!
A wonderful historical novel dealing with the industrial revolution, environmentalism, business, politics, womens social issues, the development of a city, and even a little romance.
Nice epic tale. Worth quoting: "...you lived the first half of your life for your parents and the second half of your life for your child and if you could manage to squeeze a vacation or two in the middle for yourself you should count yourself fortunate."
Fanny, the youngest of the McCoy clan, gives voice to the events of the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud. Set in 1800's Appalachia, this is a tale of trouble between two families which escalates into violence when the oldest McCoy daughter, Ro, falls in love and runs off with a Hatfield boy.
Throughout the story, Fanny is haunted by "Old Yeller" and Ro's work on the morbid coffin quilt which seems to create a shadow of future loss. The dramatic retelling of the fates of these two families will keep you absorbed to the bitter end.
I was vacationing on our sailboat in the San Juans when I picked up this book to read and was pleasantly surprised to find the setting of the book is in the San Juan Islands. This was my first Martini and I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style and the intrigue of the story. Subsequently, I read several other Martini's which I didn't care for. So, if you're trying Martini for the first time - this is the one to read!