Blog Posts by SherriT

Posted by SherriT on 01/19/19
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Lyndsay Faye's book The Paragon Hotel begins in the year 1921 with a young, white Alice “Nobody” James running from her ties in NYC and from the mafia. Aboard a train bound for Portland, she befriends a black Pullman porter named Max who finds her story, life and run-ins captivating. Once in Portland, he takes her to The Paragon Hotel, an all-black residence in the city. Alice soon comes to realize that the crime on the west coast is just as troubling as the east coast when she discovers her new city is a stomping ground for the Klu Klux Klan. As a woman running from the New York mafia, she finds herself a new family of sorts and learns about the many faces of evil and love.

This was a compelling and entertaining historical fiction story about a difficult time in America's past told by a perceptive and likable main character. With a cast of colorful, tenacious supporting characters and a narrative so full of friendship and love, mystery and intrigue, this book is sure to be your first hit of 2019.
Posted by SherriT on 12/07/18
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It is that time of year again! Time for binge watching the Hallmark Channel Christmas movie lineup. If you are like me and love the guilty pleasure of knowing there is a happy ending with a kiss under the mistletoe, than you will love Karen Schaler’s book, Christmas Camp.

Workaholic Haley Hansen's idea of a perfect Christmas is a trip to the Caribbean with her sunscreen in one hand and her laptop in the other. She is determined to focus on her career and make partner at the advertising agency where she works. In order to do this she needs to land the coveted Tyler Toys' account. The problem is Tyler Toys represent traditional Christmas values, so as research she goes to Christmas Camp to find her holiday spirit.

Upon arrival at the camp, Haley immerses herself in all things Christmas. Because she must have that certificate, Haley reluctantly participates. However, with the help of Jeff Jacoby, who is son of the camp owner, and the other guests, she slowly discovers the Christmas spirit. Jeff is your classic strong, male character, handsome and closed off. Haley and Jeff’s banter makes for a funny and cute story that was easy to follow and even easier to fall in love with.
 
This delightful story is light and entertaining and definitely puts you in the Christmas spirit!
 
Posted by SherriT on 10/05/18
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I recently discovered with much excitement that 2018 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

There is something so comforting about escaping into the heartwarming pages of this story and each time I reread it I am struck by a different character or line. I know I am not alone in imagining myself as Jo and drawing strength from this smart, courageous heroine as a young girl. Now, as a mother, I also find in Marmee inspiration to be the wise, loving parent I hope to be to my children. Readers witness the sisters growing up and figuring out what role each wants to play in the world, and, along the way, join them on countless unforgettable adventures. Whether you are taking up Little Women for the first time or the twelth, it is a wonderful time to celebrate this incredible story.

If you loved Little Women and are looking for something else to inspire you try a book on this list: https://www.ahml.info/user/lists/5085.
Posted by SherriT on 09/11/18
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Since reading The Great Gatsby in high school, I have loved F. Scott Fitzgerald. His dynamic personality and glimpses into his own life through his novels has always intrigued me.

Another Side of Paradise by Sally Koslow is a book that will captivate readers from the very first page and tells the story of the affair between famous author F. Scott Fitzgerald and 1930's Hollywood gossip columnist, Sheilah Graham. The story is told from the perspective of Graham as we read of her tragic and sad upbringing to her short and tragic love affair with Fitzgerald. I found Sheila’s life story fascinating and filled with so many hardships. Their relationship is told with gritty detail, heartbreaking moments, and leaves the reader with no doubt about their love. I especially loved the old, nostalgic Hollywood feel of the story.

Sally Koslow has done extensive research, and writes so vividly with great description of the colorful cast of characters and various timelines. I recommend Another Side of Paradise for both fans of Fitzgerald’s and for those who enjoyed The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
Posted by SherriT on 06/20/18
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Karen White’s books are always a perfect blend of family, friendship, mystery, and a little romance. In her latest book, Dreams of Falling, she offers us two generations of strong female friendships.

After nine years away, Larkin returns to her childhood home in South Carolina when her mother, Ivy, takes a life-threatening fall, a fall that becomes the catalyst for exposing long held secrets. As Ivy lies in a hospital bed fighting for her life, Larkin begins her investigation. It is in this search that Larkin uncovers the secrets kept by three teenage friends on an unchaperoned graduation trip to Myrtle Beach fifty years earlier.  These three friends had sworn to remain best friends forever, never imagining the heartache that would result from that vow.

The story is dramatic and cleverly layered and there are tons of great characters. Most notably are the three best friends: the beautiful and rich Margaret; CeeCee, the preacher’s daughter; and the always smoking and redheaded artist, Bitty. Each one of them is flawed in their own way. And that is precisely what makes this book so real.

Lovers of Southern women’s fiction will appreciate this dramatic story.
Posted by SherriT on 05/05/18
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Kick off your summer reading list with The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner.

Lauren is the widow of NHL hockey star Rory Kincaid who leaves it all to fight as a US Ranger overseas. After he is killed in combat, Lauren is caught in web of grief that she has not been able to let go of for four years. When a filmmaker approaches her and her family to produce a documentary about Rory’s life, she fights him every step of the way. Lauren is determined to keep the memory of Rory high on a pedestal and in her heart. However, the secrets that Matt's documentary are uncovering are not what she wants to face.

While this book is truly Lauren’s story, it is also a story about the other women in her immediate family, her mom Beth and her sister Stephanie. I love nothing more than a story about a family of strong women with complex lives.

So many themes covered in this book: professional sports, celebrity status, the military, love, grief, betrayal, traumatic brain injury, documentary filmmaking, and some yummy baking thrown in! Love the way it all ties together to make The Husband Hour a favorite 2018 beach read.
Posted by SherriT on 03/16/18
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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is an angst driven, clever, gripping, suspenseful and not your typical domestic psychological thriller novel.
 
The book starts readers off by introducing them to Vanessa, the wife that was. Vanessa is struggling to recover after her marriage and losing all that she once had all the while worrying and wondering what her husband is now doing. Then we meet Nellie, the wife that will be. Whom do we root for? Whom do we hate? As we dive into these characters feelings will form and thoughts on how the story will go will pop into your head but whatever you think you know, think again. With so many twists, it  keeps readers on their toes and guessing until the very end.

That is about all I can say without introducing spoilers. Believe me; you do not want to know what is coming. Just start reading and enjoy the ride, and try to keep up. Nothing is obvious. You will say "Whoa!" aloud and go back several pages to try to figure out why you did not see that coming.

This is a well-written, fast-paced story that will keep you guessing all the way to the epilogue. Fans of the psychological thriller – you do not want to miss this one!
Posted by SherriT on 02/12/18
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Keep Her Safe by K. A. Tucker is a steamy, thrill ride that takes us into the lives of Noah and Gracie as they investigate and unravel all the lies, secrets, deception, and corruption that has tainted their past and present and try to vindicate their loved ones.
 
Noah Marshall is the son of the chief of the Austin police department. Gracie Richards is the daughter of a drug addicted mother, and a father who was a corrupt police officer, killed in a drug deal gone wrong. Noah and Gracie have not seen each other for fourteen years, but reunite to try to uncover some truths from the past.

The writing is taut and edgy. The characters are secretive, scarred, and genuine. In addition, the plot told from multiple perspectives is an intense, suspenseful love story filled with police politics, familial drama, coercion, manipulation, violence, and murder.
 
Keep Her Safe was a riveting read, with characters who each have their own burden to bear tied up in others’ in an intricate web of deceit and uncomfortable truths. Just who is telling the truth and what lengths will they go to in order to seek justice or hide what happened all those years ago? How far is the shadow cast from the sins of your loved ones?

Overall, Keep Her Safe is another absorbing, touching page-turner by Tucker that has just the right amount of romance and mystery to keep you invested, engaged, and guessing until the very last page.
 
 
Posted by SherriT on 12/18/17
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Richard Paul Evans writes a Christmas themed book every year. He writes about life experiences that anyone could have, from the very deepest tragedies to life changing events. This year, his novel The Noel Diary is a sweet, touching read that can be savored in one sitting.
 
The Noel Diary has three well-developed characters. Jacob, a young man who is a very successful writer, despite childhood trauma and neglect. Sarah, a young woman, who is searching for her birthmother. Noel, a married woman who lives in the suburbs and is in need of healing. This is a story of hurt, overcoming obstacles, healing, resolution and growth. Set in Salt Lake City during the month of December it was not necessary a holiday book, but the story line took place around Christmas.
 
I really enjoyed this quick and easy read. I highly recommend this book for all the Hallmark movie lovers out there. This book is right up your alley. This was a great feel-good book to read at Christmas time.
 
 
Posted by SherriT on 11/13/17
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Karolina's Twins by Ronald Balson is a different sort of Holocaust novel. The contemporary/historical legal thriller is third in a series dealing with the cases of private investigator Liam Taggart and lawyer Catherine Lockhart. The story centers on locating twins who have been missing since WWII.

Lena Woodward, a holocaust survivor, asks Catherine and Liam to help her find twin girls that her best friend, Karolina, lost during the war. Part of the novel is Lena telling her story of what happened to her during the war. It flashes back in time to Poland in the late 1930s and early 1940s when Lena was a young Jewish girl who came from an influential and wealthy family. This is a completely captivating tale about survival and sacrifice. The other part of the story takes place in the present and centers on Lena's adult son, Arthur, who claims his mother suffers from a senile obsession with the past, and that the investigative couple are trying to fleece her out of her money. Balson is a Chicago trial attorney, and he skillfully leads readers through the tangled legalities of Arthur’s petition and Catherine’s daring response to it.

I have read quite a few novels on WWII, yet I still found myself completely caught up in Lena's story. Lena’s account of survival and immense bravery was inspired by the real-life experiences of Fay Scharf Waldman, a Holocaust survivor. Fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, Martha Hall Kelly’s The Lilac Girls, and Peter Golden's Wherever There is Light, will delight.
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04/27/2011
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