Category: Book Reviews

Five Stars The Call of the Wild by Jack London calls to me every time I read it.  Seeing life through the eyes of animals has always intrigued me, and understanding Buck’s perspective is truly an analysis of human nature at its best and worst. This story inspired me to write my own literary short story […]

Four Stars The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes is an unfolding of perception through the main character over a span of decades. It’s one of the books that makes the reader wonder what in life has been misconstrued as fact within a particular person’s fiction. I caution readers about the first part since […]

Three Stars For a murder mystery, this book was rather “meh.” I was excited to read it because the book is set in Sweden, and the author hales from that country. I liked the book for those aspects. But, the mystery was not compelling. Granted, I have not had time to read much in the […]

Four Stars My church’s leadership recommended this book as a way to get back on course. I decided to read it to gain greater understanding about the current concerns our congregation is facing. What I appreciate is that this book reflects what I have long believed to be true. My grandmother told me often as […]

Four Stars I read this one for research as I am considering a sequel for my novel, The Forget-Me-Nots. My novel also delves into selective-amnesia, and I wanted to see how Moriarty wrote about this phenomenon. I found the book to be readable and page-turning. I wish I had liked the characters more. But, it […]

  Four Stars A romantic-mystery with an unexpected twist, When Never Comes by Barbara Davis will keep you engaged until the last page. I love mysteries with character development, and this one does not disappoint. Add it to your summer reading list!  

Two Stars This book is so far my least-favorite read this year. I get it…and yet I don’t. Given the shock value it most likely caused when it was published in 1945, I can understand (sort of) why discussing anti-establishment and personal angst in 1960s classrooms would seem relevant at the time. I would like […]

Four Stars If you want to escape to a village where a modern-age Jane Austen would set a story, you will enjoy Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera’s The Awakening of Miss Prim. Here you will find characters with Victorian-era ideals whose match-making interferes with the independent Prudencia Prim. This is a story that will not leave you.