Category: Book Reviews

Five Stars I don’t often review two books at once, but Walking with Bilbo and Walking with Frodo by Sarah Arthur ought to be included together. These are devotionals that draw from quotations and story elements from Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series respectively. The formats of each have slight differences, […]

Five Stars I loved Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. But, it wasn’t the train-wreck plot and flawed characters that kept me reading. It was one character and how she reminded me of someone dear to me. Perhaps those are why books become more meaningful to us. Because we see real people. Because we may […]

Four Stars A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier follows the life of a single career woman living between WWI and WWII. It’s a unique story in that it describes specifics about embroidery, bell ringing, societal expectations, and cultural shifts while connecting them through the main character. While the book is well-written, it isn’t a fast […]

Five Stars The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites tells the generational story of a Jewish family’s survival from patriotic heroism in WWI, during social and political changes in Europe, through heart-rending loss and separation in WWII, and into an era of unexpected reunions. The link to all they endure is a silver music box […]

Four Stars I found the character sketches and development intriguing in the book Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout. As with other books by Strout, all the characters possess flaws that shape the community and affect the lives of the other characters. I think the spiritual aspects of this book interested me most and contrasted […]

Five Stars I wish I could express everything I appreciate about This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. To say too much would spoil the book for others. As subtly as possible, I will say this adventure set in the Midwest during 1932 resonated with several touch points from my own personal journey, especially the […]

Four Stars The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin takes readers on a generational journey into the far-future and the not-so-distant past. I found the characters unforgettable, though not altogether likable. The premise and secret within the family made it readable to the end. The poetic licence with the future and one discrepancy diminished the legitimacy […]

Five Stars Louise Penny is one of my favorite authors. I wait with anticipation for her books about Inspector Gamache to be released in August and often pre-order. Her mystery writing is unique because it is character-driven. Most mysteries rely on the plot, and the characters seem inconsequential. Louise Penny weaves a backstory that causes […]