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Books, Books….

Well, even though it’s springtime, I woke up to snow yesterday morning, and between the rain and cold weather this spring, I’ve spent WAY too much time wrapped up, with my precious Mason in my lap, reading!  Ok, that’s not a terrible way to spend time, but today the sun is out and I’m more energetic and actually up moving around. Before I get too busy around here I wanted to share a couple of books that I read in my “cold, wet period”.

First off was the BEST novel I’ve read in a while. Even though this author wrote another book I loved, The Nightingales, I’ve only read a few by her. A good friend recommended this title and I bought it immediately. This book is The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah. Here’s the Amazon review about the book:

IMG_5479“In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a damaged vet named Ernt Allbright returns from Vietnam and moves his family to the wilds of Alaska to start their lives anew. Initially it’s a welcome change, but as winter approaches, and Ernt’s mental state deteriorates, his wife and daughter find themselves in an increasingly precarious position. Leni and Cora are the heart of what is as much a mother-daughter love story as it is a pressure cooker of a page-turner. Together they reckon not only with the elements, but with some bad decisions, born from the stubborn faith that Ernt will somehow be restored to the person he was before the war. It’s a testament to Hannah’s compassionate storytelling that you’ll be hard-pressed to call him a villain.  The muse of The Great Alone is clearly Alaska–in all its untamed, stunningly beautiful, dangerous glory. It provides the perfect backdrop for an equally dramatic tale, one that feels remarkably current for the 1970s setting. But Hannah’s latest also harkens to her mega bestselling The Nightingale: it highlights the heroics of everyday people, especially women.”

Another little book I just finished takes place in Charleston, and I really enjoy books set in the south, especially the lowcountry. It also tells a story about a family of women and even though I don’t set out to dwell on that topic, I must be drawn to it.  Here’s the summary from Amazon:

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“Family has to take you in, no matter how many mistakes you’ve made. At least that’s what Joanna Rutledge Reed thought. At eighteen, she left her family’s ancestral home in Charleston, South Carolina, despite promising to stay. For years, she did whatever she wanted, barely giving her family back home a second thought. But a string of bad decisions results in heartbreak, forcing her to return, her life in tatters.

While her wayward sister traveled the world, Marcy remained in Charleston, caring for her aging grandmother and managing the family business. She’s got problems of her own that no one seems to notice or care about. When Joanna arrives unexpectedly, Marcy bristles at the intrusion, suspicious of her sister’s motives.

Set against the rich tapestry of Charleston, South Carolina, three generations of strong Southern women share a history and not-quite-forgotten secrets. Will the bonds they forged years ago be strong enough to give them a second chance at being a family?”

For the Book Club I’m a member of, I’m reading a much heavier book, Heaven by Randy Alcorn.  I’ll let you know more about it as I get deeper into it.  This is  a non-fiction book and while it’s long for us (500+ pages), we’re dividing it into two parts. My highlighter is out and I’m using it liberally!

IMG_5481From Amazon about this title: “What will heaven be like? Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful study, presented in an engaging, reader-friendly style. His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject. Heaven will inspire readers to long for heaven while they’re living on earth.”

Hope you are seeing sunshine today!

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