Fiction

B
Plain Truth

When a baby is born and found dead in the barn of the Amish Fisher family in Paradise, Pennsylvania, 18-year-old Katie Fisher is discovered bleeding. Though she denies not only the birth but the murder of the infant, it seems apparent to one and all that she is either deluded or a liar, the latter w ...

C+
Disguised Blessing

Disguised Blessing is a pleasant read and an example of what I prefer if I'm reading something that falls into the women's fiction category. It's a story that has enjoyable protagonists and a semi-serious plot that isn't too deep but still has substance. That's both a strength and a weakness, becaus ...

B
A Certain Smile

Judith Michael's new book is about a clothing designer who goes to China on a business trip. In just a few weeks, love, and China, change her forever. In the nineteen eighties I traveled on business quite a bit and many of my trips were to China and Asia. For this reason, the premise of A Certain Sm ...

D
The Wedding

Ah, how the other half lives. I used to read Danielle Steel books and dive into a world of pretty people and pretty settings, and glitter, glitter, glitter. Now, however, I demand a little more substance from the books I read, and find the dive into her world is a bit too shallow for my tastes. ...

B-
The Gatecrasher

Social climbing and the lengths people will go to in order to make a better life for themselves can be fascinating. In The Gatecrasher we have one such anti-heroine, but thankfully, she is surrounded by some of the most interesting and likable characters I have met as of late. Fleu ...

B+
Border Crossings

The Troubles in Northern Ireland have been documented in movies and books, in all the neverending grimness of the situation. But in Carole Bellacera's Border Crossings, we see them through the eyes of a young American woman who gets drawn into the violence because she's married to an Irishman. 19 ...

D-
Bittersweet

Bittersweet is a middle-aged melodrama that's about one-third too long. Not that it would have been much better without the additional 100+ pages, but Danielle Steel's continual repetition of thoughts and actions becomes impossibly frustrating in a book of this length. While the author has moved bey ...

B+
The Lazarus Child

The Lazarus Child almost can’t be categorized as a book. Sure, it sits between covers and contains writing that, on it’s own, would pack a powerful punch. But the thought that it takes to delve into the story and understand the hearts and minds of the characters makes it, not just a book, but an ...

B
Off Season

This is an unsettling book for reasons that are difficult to describe. There is no graphic violence, no stalkers or killers, and yet the suspense kept me turning the pages well into the night. The suspense is all in how a family is going to deal with a major crisis and how they will come out of it. ...

B-
Until the Spring

Stop! Before you decide to delve into Alexandra Raife's Until the Spring, there is something you should know: this is not a straight romance. There is a slight, very slight, romantic element to it, but this is not a romance novel. It has the requisite ending but it's really a novel about relationshi ...