Book Review – May Reads

I did a lot of reading and listening this past month, thanks to all those snowy days!

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson I listened to this classic while sewing and knitting. The narrator was fabulous, even sang the pirate songs! I can’t believe it took me so long to get to this one! 

The Secret Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh This was an unusual book. The Victorian concept of sending messages through flowers first caught my eye, but the story that went with it was beautifully constructed and drew me in. Victoria has a very sad story, and she believes herself to be no good at connecting with people, and yet she does, through flowers. It is the story of injustice, heartbreak and redemption, possible only through unconditional love.

Uninvited by Lysa TerKuerst While the primary topic of this book would be handling rejection, I found that it spoke to my heart about trusting God to be good at who He is, and that being in the rat race of today’s world is not where we can meet Jesus. He is more about delighting, abiding, and dwelling. Ia deed my name to the waiting list for this book months ago, wondering what all the fuss was about. This is a solid, faith building read, and no matter what your personal beliefs, it is a great challenge to think about what’s inside your head and your heart!

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick is a historical fiction centered on Eleanor of Aquitaine. Chadwick does impeccable research, then weaves a story around it, bringing the players to life and helping us to engage in the events that happen, but making them quite human.

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Cline tells the story of Anna Christina Olson, the subject of Andrew Wyeth’s 1948 painting, Christina’s World. It is a beautifully crafted novel that brings to life the story of a young girl that accomplished more than anyone dreamed by sheer grit and determination.

Breaking Free by Lorraine Snelling A sweet story, but a little far fetched. It involves inmates at a minimum security prison who get selected for a horse retraining program, which is believable, but maybe not the part about the inmate, a regular mom in for 10 years with a vehicular homicide charge, following her horse to a home with a disabled child and the very quick happy ending. It would make a happy summer read.

Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline from the Rosato & DiNunzio series, kind of a female version of John Grisham, though they center around the same lawyers, so you get to know them better across the series. They definitely fall into the class of legal thrillers and make for satisfying reads. I am a fan of Lisa Scottoline now!

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