Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes

Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes

Since I often find the plots to be long and terribly slow-moving and the characterization to be both flat and unrealistically glamorous, the family saga is usually one of my least favorite forms of fiction. Sheltering Rain, a debut novel from the United Kingdom, is blessedly different. Joy, her daughter Kate, and her 16-year-old granddaughter…

Doomsday Book

When I read Connie Willis’s To Say Nothing of the Dog two years ago, I knew I’d have to read all her other books as well. It’s taken some time, but I finally read the fascinating Doomsday Book, which is every bit as good as TSNOTD, although it is completely different in tone. Doomsday Book…

Nell by Jeanette Baker

When I first saw the title Nell, I pictured the wild-child title character from the Jodie Foster movie, and I was sure I would never get that mental picture out of my head. About fifty pages into the book, I had lost that mental picture entirely. I was so engrossed in the storyline that I…

Nell by Jeanette Baker

Lately, I’ve begun to think that there’s nothing new under the romance sun; it seems that every time I pick up a romance, I find myself thinking, “Been there, done that, ho-hum.” Then I come across a book like Nell, and my faith is restored, replenished, renewed. I cannot say enough good things about this…

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