Monday, July 27, 2009

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Allison Bottke

Author Allison Bottke has a new series for women called “Va Va Va Boom,” and I’ve just finished the first book in this series , You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.

From the publisher:
Did you realize that there are over seventy-eight million baby boomers alive today? There has become a growing demand for women’s fiction that deals with age-appropriate issues in recent years. Out of the ever-increasing number of novelists that feature characters in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, best-selling author Allison Bottke is a standout in the genre of “boomer lit”.

This first book centers around Susan, who owns and operates a popular, successful salon in Las Vegas, the Disco Diva. It is filled with memorabilia from the disco era that she has collected through the years. Her life is full with running the salon and everything related to it where she encounters many young showgirls whom she encourages and mentors. She also has an online group of friends, the Boomer Babes. Susan and her husband will be celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary the same year she turns 50, her husband turns 60 and is preparing to retire. She is given an amazing business opportunity by her dear friend that is just taking off when Susan’s world is shaken when she comes face-to- face, literally, with someone from her past. She is not sure her marriage will last or that she’ll be able to fulfill her dream.

This book is a wonderful read, and women will find it easy to relate to Susan and her friends. This is a story about relationships, communication, pride, secrets, and self. Although it is written for an older audience it was enjoyable to me as well because of the variety of characters and the various issues they faced. I look forward to other books in this series.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Fields of Home

by Ralph Moody
ISBN: 0803281943

Non-fiction, autobiographical

If you've ever enjoyed a pioneer book, this series is for you. Fields of Home is the second in the series of about 8 books by Ralph Moody. They are similar in feel to Little House on the Prairie books, but written for a slightly older audience and from a man's perspective.

Fields of Home is about the time when Ralph Moody is 14 and 15 years old. He gets in trouble in his new town and is sent to work on his grandfather's farm. Grandfather is old and cantankerous and no one gets along with him. Can Ralph figure out how to cooperate and help his grandfather?

I love this series of books. There are details about churning, raising a barn, plowing a field, and making machinery such as plows. It makes me think that I could possibly do some of those things some day if I needed to. The story is bittersweet at times but hopeful and Godly.

I highly recommend this series for high schoolers and adults, or for parents to read to their children as a family time story. The series starts with Little Britches.