Never Goodbye

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Never Goodbye is a very interesting read on how the law can be very strange, at least to me. I have read a lot of books that fall into courtroom drama but this one threw me! At the onset is a murder with the usual suspects but throw in an affair from left field and the question of texts as evidence and it is all different territory. I found the book to be fascinating and the ending really shook me and my simple notions of right and wrong.


Finding Eden


Finding Eden is a passionate novel that flows from the relationship of the main characters. Mary Alayna works in management by day and is a singer/band member by night. She keeps her two worlds separate until a chance meeting with the man who is in town to evaluate her for a promotion. Clark is the grandson of the company’s owner sent to check into her. Mary as Alayna runs a home for young men graduating out of foster care offering them a place to live and thrive. She is a strong, independent woman at work and at home and takes her role of house mother seriously. Clark is immediately smitten with Mary (at work) and then Alyana at the pub she sings in.

There is a lot of steamy chemistry, insecurities on both sides and fear of matching up to what the other needs. It is a journey through a steamy/stormy relationship with a thread of love running through it all and holding things together.


Before We were Strangers

Brenda Novak writes a very interesting and riveting book with so much deceit that it will make you wonder about everybody involved. And, once you think you have a grip on the story, everything takes an ominous turn. The main character, Sloane, has been driven her whole life by the feeling that her father was responsible for the disappearance of her mother. Five year old Sloane heard things the night her mother went missing that have punctured her existence ever since. Finally at a point in her life that she can return to the town she fled, Sloane is determined to discover once and for all what happened to her mother. It is a hard feat considering the time that has lapsed and the number of town people either lying or covering up what they know in fear of her powerful father.

It is a twisting-turning read from the first chapter to the last!

Chestnut Springs


Brenda Maxwell loss a lucrative job in Los Angeles because of mistakes made on the day she learned of her father’s passing. There is no mercy from her boss and after six months of searching, no jobs either. She finds herself drawn to an unusual way of life: off the grid living on the East Coast. She finds a gem of a home in Chestnut Springs, WVA and a small town full of lovely people who become her friends. Heretofore, Brenda had lived a solitary life revolving around work only and a desire to move up in the business.

She meets the handsome, single sheriff and thinks she may have landed in the perfect place to thrive at last. Brenda learns about life off the grid through the internet, book, and hard experiences all the while finding the town to be endearing and caring. A huge blip in her existence might derail everything she has strove for and luck may be the one thing that can save her.

The book is a little slow in parts and quickens the pace in others. In all it is a wholesome book about life changes and how we can adapt to just about anything when the chance arises.



I loved this book about poor Rosie, dumped by her charming husband for another woman and left to pull herself and her baby son, Hammish, up from the ground where she has landed. Rosie is shaken to her core, unaware of her husband’s discretions and desire to leave them. She has no idea what she and Hammish will do but wanting to divorce herself from anything to do with Nick, she sells her valuable jewelry and home and moves to Lucknow where her overbearing older sister and husband live. Her sister is all about being accepted into the small community and a couple of unfortunate occurrences show Rosie in a dim light. Juliette, the sister, sets about to find a suitable suitor for Rosie in the local stud farmer, Hugo. Rosie is really taken by a man she met, Seamus, but he is not exactly the best way to go according to Juliette. Rosie is left trying to assuage her sister, make a go of it with Hugo all the while wishing Seamus was better than he is. There are some undercurrents between Hugo and Rosie’s boss/friend Eloise that puzzle Rosie and she doubts Hugo is the one for her.

How Do Cats Do That?


This book is a departure from what I normally read because it’s an informative book that I wanted to share with my four year old inquisitive grandson.

His uncle has a cat and he was always asking questions about her. I ended up enjoying reading it to him as much as to myself. We both loved reading about fun and interesting things about cat behavior, especially about how cats and kittens play and communicate. In fact, we would read a section and then go and watch the cat to see what she was doing (besides sleeping!) It was especially fun when she would loudly and continuously meow when her master got home.

The book gave me many opportunities to talk about the behavior of our old cats and look up to read things she would do, too. Both my grandson and I loved the book!



I found this novel to be so engaging and thought provoking. The narrative covers the world of racial injustice and inequality at a university in Mississippi in current day. Young sorority women take action against the injustice while bucking against a woman who values money as power and keeping the status quo. She uses her power to manipulate situations to her advantage, often hurting and alienating others with no regard.

Seeing life from a black woman’s perspective is enlightening and painful. She sees her lot in life as set by age old traditions but fights to right the wrongs with the help of the young women. I read every chapter hoping the mean, spiteful antagonist would get her just rewards!

Relative Strangers


What begins as a high school senior’s search for pictures from her early childhood leads to uncovering facts that her mother never divulged, Jules learns that she spent nineteen months of her first year living with a foster family. Her mother has been emotionally unable to discuss the time and situations that led to Jules’ foster care and Jules embarks on a mission to find the family and to reconnect with them. At a tender time in her life when she is close to graduating and embarking on four years of college, the edges of Jules’ life begin to fray and unravel when she develops feelings for her foster brother-not anything he wants or desires. To him, she will always be his sister. But to Jules, so far removed from living with his family, her connection to him is not on a family/related level.

The reader sees the development of Jules as a teen, struggling with emotions, hurt and heartache as she grows into less a teen and more a young woman.