What I’m Reading: Breaking the Silence


I just finished up listening to the audio book, Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain.  I have listened to several other books by this author, The Escape Artist,  Necessary Lies and her book  The Midwife’s Confession all of which I very much enjoyed so I was eager to listen to this one.

..and I wasn’t disappointed a drop.  Honestly, she’s my new favorite go to author.  She writes well, typically with two stories going on at the same time.  In this story we learn about a mother whose husband just committed suicide and now whose daughter will not speak and other story is about Sarah an older adult struggling with dementia.   I love when two stories happen in one book.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “Laura Brandon’s promise to her dying father was simple: to visit an elderly woman she’d never heard of before. A woman who remembers nothing—except the distant past. Visiting Sarah Tolley seemed a small enough sacrifice to make.

But Laura’s promise results in another death. Her husband’s. And after their five-year-old daughter, Emma, witnesses her father’s suicide, Emma refuses to talk about it…to talk at all.

Frantic and guilt ridden, Laura contacts the only person who may be able to help. A man she’s met only once—six years before. A man who doesn’t know he’s Emma’s real father.

Guided only by a child’s silence and an old woman’s fading memories, the two unravel a tale of love and despair, of bravery and unspeakable evil. A tale that’s shrouded in silence…and that unbelievably links them all.”

Amazon readers say 4.6 stars…I’ll go a little better and say 4.8.  The book kept my attention.  I learned a little more about history and times when people were in psychiatric facilities too.  If you’re looking for a good read, this won’t disappoint.  I listened to it over a two day period.  It was simply that good.

What I’m Reading: The Lake of Dreams


I just finished up listening to the audio book, The Lake of Dreams: A Novel by Kim Edwards.  Avid readers might know this author from her best selling book, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter: A Novel.

The book was pretty good…not epic but I don’t regret the time I spent listening to it.  I listened to via my Overdrive app on my phone from my online library.  The book was a little slow in various spots and I longed for a button that would allow me to listen to it at a faster speed.  I don’t normally use that but I think in this book I would have had I had the option.  I don’t know that it was the book as much as it was the reader who was reading it to me.  She just enunciated everything out so much that I wanted her to read faster.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life, still haunted by her father’s unresolved death a decade earlier. She returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, The Lake of Dreams, and, late one night, she cracks the lock of a window seat and discovers a collection of objects. They appear to be idle curiosities, but soon Lucy realizes that she has stumbled across a dark secret from her family’s past, one that will radically change her—and the future of her family—forever. The Lake of Dreams will delight those who loved The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, as well as fans of Anna Quindlen and Sue Miller. ”

The story links past and present.  Honestly, I wish there would have been more focus on the past and less on the present but I am a historical fiction lover so I would say that.  Amazon readers say 3.6 stars…I guess I’d agree.  It wasn’t bad but I wouldn’t tell you to drop everything and get that book.

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