Archive for July, 2010

Good ones in a row!

 Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers – Christian Fiction – Mothers and Daughters – Family

This is the best book I have read in a long time.  It starts around the 1900’s and tells the story of a young woman, Marta,who lives in Switzerland and who has an abusive father and a loving mother. Her mother encourages her to leave and find her own life. Eventually she goes to Canada and starts her own boarding house.  She meets her husband in her boarding house and they continue to make a life as farmers in Canada and then in California. She raises four children during this time.  Her daughter Hildemara continues the story in the second half of the book where you read about the struggles that mother and daughter face in their relationship.  Francine Rivers wrote this book loosely based on her own mother and grandmother.  I found the history, the relationships, and the story line very compelling.  The sequel is coming out Fall of 2010 and I am anxious to read the conclusion.  Highly recommend!

A Bigger Life by Annette Smith – Christian Fiction – Marriage – Divorce – Cancer

This is another book I couldn’t put down.  The story is told from the male point of view.  Joel is a young father who tells the story of his broken marriage  how he came to this place. He struggles parenting as a single father, and longs for a marriage that is restored and whole.  The story is about forgiveness, love, family, and compassion.   Thumbs up.

A Crooked Path by Annette Smith – Christian Fiction – Mexican Immigrant – Ranching – Texas

This book is set in Texas but starts out in Mexico with a young boy who faces the problem of  his father leaving his mother and brothers and sisters. He struggles at an early age to provide for them. Eventually he sneaks into Texas in order to secure a better job to  help his family.  He always puts them first and continues to send them most of his income.  Later at about the age fo 39, he has overcome the extreme poverty that he has known as a child but continues to work hard. He faces prejudice and judgement as an Mexican American in many instances.  The story takes us to a job where he is working for a opinionated and cranky rancher who is ill and  who needs him to eventually care for his personal needs. The father and son relationship is soon evident as they become closer.  An unusual romance is also part of the plot.  A very good read and I think men would enjoy this story as well as women. 

 Sometimes Light Surprises by Jamie Langston Turner – Christian Fiction – Widower – Family

This is not a romance but a life experience journey where Ben Buckley learns about caring for his neglected family and realizes that God is important in his life and can create change.  Ben’s wife is murdered and he draws apart from his young family.  He creates a profitable business and hides in his work and planned and orderly days.  A young woman that he hires for his store becomes the change agent as he looks at her life and finds hope and spiritual renewal for himself.   Turner’s books are quiet and reflective but somehow tell a story of life.  Very good.

Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy – Ireland – Heart Clinic – Romance

Set in Ireland, this book revolves around a new Heart Clinic but many stories are told about love and life of the staff, clients, and others who are connected.  Other characters from her other books come back in the storyline as well.  This book makes me want to go back and find more of Binchy’s books.

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