Thursday, May 9, 2013

Book Review Thursday - 5/9

Even though I have been spending a lot of time in the basement with the new frame set up and not listening to books on my iPod, I am still getting a lot of reading in. It might just be because the books that I have been finishing have been really good books!

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler was a recommendation from my local library. I have gotten several of my recent books this way and have enjoyed the ones that I have finished so I plan to keep going through their recommendations. They give out about 10 a week.

Isabelle is an 89 year old woman in Arlington, Texas without any family living close by. She asks her hairdresser, Dorrie, for a favor - drive her to Cincinnati. This weekend. It isn't until they are on the road that Dorrie finds out that they are going to a funeral. On the way, Isabelle shares with Dorrie the story of her first love - a young African American man whose family worked for her family in a Northern Kentucky town in the 1930s.

I thought that this was a very good book! There was a lot of discussion about the feelings towards blacks in the 1930s and how taboo it was for Isabelle to have done some of the things that she did. And I wasn't expecting the ending at all. It was a wonderful read!

Starting Now by Debbie Macomber is the latest in the Blossom Street series. The series follows new characters in every book, but they are seem to have something to do with the yarn store on Blossom Street. And they are very light and easy reads!

In this book, Libby is fired from the law firm she has worked at for years. She has made the job her life and is told in the final meeting to get a life outside of work. In the months after, she is floundering to find a job and get on with her life, but once she starts rocking babies at a local hospital and going to the gym things may start falling into place.

As usual, a very quick read and quite a bit of expected developments throughout. It's always nice to throw a light read in with all the mysteries that I read. :)


thea said...

Thanks for the reviews. I've add these to my reading list.

Jennifer said...

Calling me home sounds good - will have to put that on my list.