Monday, January 15, 2007

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Author: Kim Edwards
ISBN: 0143037145
Genre: Fiction

The father is a doctor. On a snowy night he delivers his twins and realizes one of them has Down Syndrome. Since it is 1964, he thinks the best thing would be for the little girl to live in a home for disabled people. He sends the nurse to the home with the little girl, and tells his wife that the girl has died.

A heart-wrenching decision to make, and a sad way to begin a novel. I read it with bated breath, waiting to see how the story would turn out. I must say that the main thing I took out of this story was that secrets hurt people. I am a firm believer in telling the truth and it makes me so sad when lies are told.

I liked the information about photography; I'm not a photographer myself but it was an interesting take on life.


Redeeming Love

Author: Francine Rivers
ISBN: 1590525132
Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance

Now I know I have said many times that I don't read romances. This is technically a romance, but it is paralleling the book of Hosea in the Old Testament. If I can't read this, I can't read the Old Testament, right?

Anyway this is a lovely story of a man who is informed by God that he should marry the town prostitute. It takes place in the Gold Rush. Like God, this man takes her back over and over, and even chases her down and brings her home. God will never give up on us.

A good read, even if it is a romance.


Up On Melody Mountain

An Inspirational Story of Peace and Joy Through Hardship
Author: Betty Jean Robinson
ISBN: 0884195414
Genre: Religious Autobiography

I had never heard of Betty Jean Robinson but she seems to be a sweet Christian lady who has had a lot of influence in the Christian world. This book explains her beginnings and origins of her philosophies on life. Some of the anecdotes were sweet, some sad, but all of them told a tale of love of Christ.

I was not fond of her writing style; it seemed to be very Southern and down-to-earth. I managed to overlook it and enjoy the writing. To me it was very similar to "Christy" but was not nearly as well-written or fleshed out. It was a nice short read.


The Broker

Author: John Grisham
ISBN: 0385510454
Genre: Fiction

Like all of Grisham's novels, this centers around a lawyer. This broker has been in prison for fraud (made me think of Enron situations) and suddenly gets released. Why is he released? Will he survive?

I think his novels are not as good as they used to be. I could tell that maybe this specific subject was not his forte. It was shorter than most of them and an interesting read, especially since I have been to Italy.


Crossing Antarctica

Authors: Will Steger and Jon Bowermaster
ISBN: 0440214602
Genre: Non-fiction, autobiography, adventure

This was an interesting read of a group of men who crossed Antarctica on dogsled. I was impressed with the descriptions of the landscape and these men's endurance.