I am reading THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by Muriel Barbery. Translated from French (c) 2006. It’s interesting reading about the inhabitants of this Ritzy French hotel. From the genius 12 year old girl who’s contemplated committing suicide at age 13, the the eccentric lady concierge who befriends her (and hopefully stops her), to all the other interesting characters. Yes it’s filled with pretentious words but I guess it can’t be helped.
KAROLINA’S TWINS by Ronald H. Balson, (c) 2016. This very interesting novel takes place in the present with flashbacks to the holocaust and the Polish Resistance Army.
Lena Woodward, hires a lawyer named Catherine Lockhart and her private investigator partner to find her friend Karolina’s twins whom she promised to find many decades ago. Lena is met with the Resistance of her son Author who doesn’t want her to find the girls for reasons of his own, which may have to do with his inheritance.
I do recommend this book, and the writing is well done.
ON SECOND THOUGHT a novel by Kristin Higgins (c) 2017. Did you ever read a novel and you swore you read it once before? Well that’s what’s going on with this one. It involves two sisters Kate and Ainsley O’Leary. Kate is an older bride at age 39 and her husband drops dead 4 months after they get married. She might be pregnant and her husband has a secret from the past ready to intrude on Kate’s grieving period. Is it an illegitimate child as I suspect it to be?
Meanwhile Ainsley has been living with her boyfriend Eric for 10 years and he’s just beat testicular cancer and I have a feeling that engagement ring in his underwear drawer is for some other woman not Ainsley! See what I mean? Why does it sound so damn familiar?
THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton, (c) 2014. I love historical novels, they don’t even have to be a romance. Let me read about the way life really was with all it’s hardships and joys. A happy ending is the norm for many of the novels I read but hardly realistic. Historical novels need extreme realism in my opinion.
This seventeenth century novel takes place in Amsterdam. It was meticulously researched and reminds me of the wonderful NORAH LOFTS books I read and reread in the past. I have many Dutch ancestors, and French ancestors who moved to Leiden, Holland, one who became a doctor. My Great, many times over Grandfather Jean De la Mantanye moved to New Amsterdam during this time period and helped settle his family in Manhattan, NY. I have read books about living in Dutch Manhattan during the 17th century and I’m really enjoying reading about life in the real Amsterdam.
This novel is about 18 year old Petronella (Nella) Oortman who arrives in Amsterdam to begin life as the new wife of an illustrious merchant and trader Johannes Brandt. She was married a month earlier and the marriage was never consummated before her new older husband left her in her parents home and traveled for his business. Now that Nella has just arrived in Brandt’s household all alone with her pet parakeet, she gets to deal with his disapproving sister and the two servants. Even now that 39 year old Johannes Brandt has returned home he doesn’t seem in any hurry to consummate the marriage. What’s up with that? Nella tried coming on to him and they kissed and she laid a hand on his thigh and he panicked and left the house! I truly think he is gay! The funny thing is the “Miniaturist” is a woman! Here I expected Nella to fall and love and have children by the MALE miniaturist while staying married to her gay husband! I didn’t expect that! Maybe Nella will end up a lesbian with that miniaturist.
Nonetheless I am really enjoying Jessie Burton’s writing style and the story is very interesting! But I am only on page 135 of a 416 page novel! Who knows what will happen!
SPIRIT MOON by William Sarabande (c) 2000. Do you know of this writer? He writes of Early Americans and other early civilizations. There are several writers of this genre which I used to read all the time until I got sick of it. Now I pick one up every now and then but they are usually printed with tiny fonts and have many pages, these “Cave man sagas” as I call them. This one is really about several different Native tribes in North Amercia. One tribe being the Inuits or Eskimos. The main characters are Mowea’qua a young healer woman of the OLD TRIBE who is much hated by the others and her side kick Masquash a 6 year old son of a shaman who runs away with Mowea’qua to save her life. Then Ne’gauni a one legged future shaman who loves her. There are other important characters of course. If you like this type of novel give it a try. I just wish it came in large type for these old eyes.
Here is where the story takes place:
Will I get in trouble for posting the map? I hope not, it may encourage people to read Sarabande’s book.
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts, (c) 2017. This is the first Nora Roberts book I’ve ever read I think… I guess this means I’ll be reading more… This is the story of the Longbow family who run a working ranch and resort in Montana. Everyone seems to work at the ranch, the grandma’s and all their offspring. Bodine Logbow is the young woman in charge. But not far away Bodine’s aunt Alice is being held captive by an insane man for the last 25 years, who beats and rapes her quite often, he calls her Esther and she calls him Sir. She’s birthed him children and he kept the boy but I wonder what happens to the infant girls? He’s giving them away or killing them I suppose. Well one day Alice gets free, and ends up by the side of the road not far from the ranch but she’s quite insane by now. So she’s taken to the hospital where her identity is found. Now the family is dealing with her health and mental problems. It proves to be in interesting story as Alice’s sister Maureen and her three grown children run the ranch and fall in love.
I AM THE CHEESE by Robert Corimer, (c) 1977. I was 18 years old when this book was printed. It’s not written with adults in mind, but I enjoy books written for teenagers at times. This one was written for reading level 5.6 so it’s more like 5th grade level, but that’s okay I’ll read it anyway.
This story is about a boy running away to visit his father. He’s taken off on his bike riding from Monument, Massachusetts to Rutterburg, Vermont where he plans to take a Greyhound bus to Montreal, Canada. So in between the chapters of the story of his trip is a chapter where he seems to be getting therapy in some kind of a mental institution or psychiatrists office. It’s interesting to say the least! I shall read the whole book.. won’t take long I’m sure!