Category: Books

The Secret

The Secret

The Secret The Secret:  In 2006, a groundbreaking feature-length film revealed the great mystery of the universe, The Secret. Later that year, Rhonda Byrne followed with a book that became a worldwide bestseller. Fragments...

Never Too Late

Never Too Late

Never Too Late:  Never Too Late: Decades ago, a shotgun wedding locked Edith into a life with a husband she is not sure she ever loved. At sixty-five, she feels like a ghost in...

The Roots of the Olive Tree

The Roots of the Olive Tree

The Roots of the Olive Tree The Roots of the Olive Tree:  Set in northern California, a beautiful and touching debut novel. This is a novel that brings to life,  five generations of women....

Being Elvis A Lonely Life

Being Elvis A Lonely Life

Being Elvis A Lonely Life Being Elvis A Lonely Life: On the surface, Elvis Presley seemed to have it all. Money, gold records, women, incredible fame. Yet underneath was a lonely man, addicted to...

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo The Count of Monte Cristo:  Edmond Dantès, a handsome,  promising young sailor,  docks the three-masted French ship, the Pharaon in Marseilles after its captain died en route home. As...

In This Mountain

In This Mountain

In This Mountain In This Mountain:  Father Tim takes on a unique and difficult ministry, when an unexpected event propels him on a painful journey that shakes his faith, his marriage, and the whole...

Like Dandelion Dust

Like Dandelion Dust

Like Dandelion Dust Like Dandelion Dust: This book is a compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent. Of being a parent, through the gritty, realistic lives of the struggling, blue-collar...

The Thorn Birds

The Thorn Birds The Thorn Birds: Three generations of Clearys live through joy and sadness in the rugged Australian Outback. Also, through bitter defeat and magnificent triumph.  All driven by their dreams, sustained by remarkable...

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas Odd Thomas is the name of a fictional character created by Dean Koontz. This character first appeared in the novel of the same name. He is a twenty year old man who...

Ghostwritten

Ghostwritten

Ghostwritten Ghostwritten:  A gallery attendant at the Hermitage.  A young jazz buff in Tokyo.  A crooked British lawyer in Hong Kong.  A disc jockey in Manhattan.  A physicist in Ireland.  An elderly woman running...

Before the Fall

Before the Fall

Before the Fall Before the Fall:  On a foggy summer night, eleven people, only ten privileged, one, down on his luck painter, all depart Martha’s Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the...

The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic The Colour of Magic:   First of all,  the Discworld floats through space on the back of four elephants that, in turn, stand on the back of the Great A’Tuin,...

Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely Farewell, My Lovely,  is the story of private detective Philip Marlowe. Hence, the novel follows Marlowe’s movements in and around Bay City. Bay City is a fictional town in California not...

The Eye Of The World

The Eye Of The World

The Eye Of The World The Eye Of The World: The Wheel of time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. This book,  is the first book of the fourteen...

The Subtle Knife

The Subtle Knife

The Subtle Knife The Subtle Knife: This is the second science fiction/fantasy book in the ” His Dark Materials” series by Philip Pullman.   It is published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, an...

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things The God of Small Things,  is the debut novel of Indian writer Arundhati Roy. Especially relevant,   it is a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins. The...

The Face of a Stranger

The Face of a Stranger

The Face of a Stranger The Face of a Stranger:   First of all,  this book rests against the backdrop of Victorian London. With its lords and lady dowagers. Also, with its pickpockets, usurers,...

A Sight for Sore Eyes

A Sight for Sore Eyes

A Sight for Sore Eyes A Sight for Sore Eyes:  Nobody does North London squalor better than Ruth Rendell. Describing in vivid detail, the cultural sewer in which a monster named Teddy Brex grows...

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

  The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter:  Hawthorne starts us off with a tour of the jail of the mid-17th century, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Inside the jail is  Hester Prynne,  an adulteress who is...

The Shining

The Shining

The Shining The Shining: Danny was only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage.  When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel,...

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None And Then There Were None is a mystery novel by English writer Agatha Christie. This novel is widely considered her masterpiece.  It is described by her as the most difficult...

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath:  Tom Joad and his family are forced from their farm in the Depression-era Oklahoma Dust Bowl. They set out for California along with thousands of others...

Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once Fool Me Once:  Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work.  Her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s...

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada The Devil Wears Prada: Andrea Sachs, a recent graduate of Brown University has a degree in English. She moves to New York City with her best friend, Lily, a graduate...

The Moon and More

The Moon and More

The Moon and More The Moon and More:  Luke is the perfect boyfriend.  He is handsome, kind and fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where...

Where do I go

Where do I go

Where do I go Where do I go:  Gabrielle Fairbanks has nearly lost touch with the carefree,  spirited young woman she was. Then she married her husband sixteen years ago. But when the couple...

The Girl from Penny Lane

The Girl from Penny Lane

The Girl from Penny Lane The Girl from Penny Lane:  Kitty Drinkwater, is young.  She lives in Paradise Court, just off Burlington Street. Kitty is always hungry and dressed in rags, as life is tough...

The Eye Collector

The Eye Collector

The Eye Collector The Eye Collector: When the story starts with an epilogue and the first chapter is the end,  one can’t help asking if this is just a gimmick or it serves a...

Killer's Payoff

Killer’s Payoff

Killer’s Payoff Killer’s Payoff:   He appeared to be a decent, upright, honest citizen….  And yet appearances can be more than deceiving in the world of blackmail and extortion. It’s like an old-time gangster movie: a...

Cross Justice

Cross Justice

Cross Justice Cross Justice:   It has been 35 years since he saw his home town of Starksville,  North Carolina. Alex hears that his cousin Stefan is about to be tried for the gruesome torture...