Saturday, June 28, 2014

Conditions of the Heart

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

They don't make men like Ove anymore. He's just a man who worked at his job and loved his wife. Now at 59, forced into early retirement not long after his wife died, there nothing left to live for. That's when Ove decides to do something about it, but one thing or another keeps gets in his way.

Monday, June 9, 2014

The 12 Days of Kelly Christmas

The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 by J.B. Morrison

Turning 81 is not a remarkable event, unless a milk float runs you down, giving you a concussion, breaking your arm and fracturing a bone in your foot. When this happened to Frank Derrick, he probably said nothing more than "ouch." Frank's daughter, however, thinks he needs some home help during his recovery. The last think Frank wants is weekly visits from with some bossy woman who would possibly scare (or even look like) Margret Thatcher. Then the pretty, 27 year-old Kelly Christmas shows up at his door, and the only thing he's sure of is that this isn't what he was expecting - and that's a good thing.

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Dazzling Dozen of Speakeasy Sisters

The Girls of the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Every one of the 12 Hamilton sisters have been shuttered away from the world since the day they were born. With no boys as his heir, their father wants to make sure his girls stay unsullied until he can marry them off and be rid of them. But their determination to find some freedom is stronger than their fear of their father - who most of them have never even met. It is Josephine, the eldest, who figures out how to escape their jail. The danger of going to speakeasies during prohibition in New York only makes it more exciting and appealing. Eventually, these dozen girls are going out every night to dance their troubles away. But despite the extreme lengths of discretion and secrecy they go to, there is always something (or someone) lurking that could trap them and end it all. This is "The Girls at the Kingfisher Club" by Genevieve Valentine.