Showing posts from July, 2015

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I originally had misgivings about reading this book but was pleasantly surprised.

The central character is definitely the spitfire Scout we came to know in "To Kill a Mockingbird". Here 26 year old Jean Louise goes back home to visit her now much older arthritic father Atticus.
Her perceptions of who people are in her home town and family are maybe different from what she remembers as a child and leaves her wondering where she was all those years. Learning to accept people with all their faults but holding on to her own identity becomes the struggle.
A couple of characters that I got a better picture of in this book are her Aunt Alexandra and her Uncle Jack Finch.
                                     I recommend this book!

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

This story is a debut novel by Panowich that takes place in the Appalachians of Georgia. The Bourroughs family has owned Bull Mountain for generations making a living by bootlegging whiskey. Now instead of working stills they grow marijuana and make Meth. An FBI agent is on to them and intends to bring the whole family down. He enlists the help of the local sheriff who is also a Bourrouhgs.  Panowich throws a twist into the story 2/3rd s of the way through that you don't see coming.
I liked this book. An easy read.

Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen

A quick to read novel that spans 3 generations and their trials and tragedy's of living in rural northern Minnesota. All loving the outdoors and living off the land. Best friends and neighbors who are integral in survival of both mind and body living across the river from each other struggle with the secrets of the past and the longing for a mother's love. Excellent!

Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Hannah's historical novel is about two sisters who follow very different paths during the occupation of France. Vianne, the older one is married, has a daughter and lives outside a small town. Her husband has gone off to fight and Vianne finds herself in the position of having her house requisitioned by German officers. Her best friend and neighbor is Jewish. The younger sister, Isabelle who has either left or gotten kicked out of every school she was sent, uses her youthful recklessness to join the French resistance and becomes the "Nightingale". It is a story of love, heartbreak, family and unbreakable spirit.
Very good!