What I’m Reading: A Hidden Secret


I had finished all the books I had downloaded.  I didn’t have time to hunt for a book so I simply went to my online library and decided whatever came up that looked decent I was going to listen to it.  Sometimes that can be a good way to find a new author…I was up for that.

Imagine my happiness when I found a book by one of my favorite authors, Linda Castillo, A Hidden Secret: Kate Burkholder .

A Hidden Secret: A Kate Burkholder Short Story (Kindle Single) by [Castillo, Linda]
I knew the author was coming out with a new book…WOW.  I couldn’t believe that I had snagged the book without even being on the waiting list.  I couldn’t wait to start.

Well start I did…and about two hours later I was finished.  WHAT?  Yep, the book was over.  That’s when I discovered it was a short story.  It was a good book, a fine listen, but over way too soon.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “When a baby-only hours old-is discovered on the Amish bishop’s front porch in Painter’s Mill, Ohio, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called in to investigate. The newborn is swaddled in an Amish crib quilt, and the only other item found with the child is a hand-carved wood rattle, which Kate also recognizes as Amish.

The little girl seems healthy and whole; but who would abandon her and why? Though the quilt and rattle could be purchased, Kate suspects the mother is Amish, possibly young and unmarried, both of which would be powerful motives for such a desperate act. With the rattle and the baby quilt as the only clues, Kate must call upon her own Amish roots, and with the help of state agent John Tomasetti, search the Amish and “English” communities of Painters Mill for clues to unravel the poignant, puzzling mystery.”

I ended up going on Amazon and found that it was indeed a short story.  The book is listed as book 6.5 in the series.  If reading it the book was only 74 pages long.  The new book is out.  Sadly my online library doesn’t have it.  Hoopla doesn’t have it either.  It looks like I am going to have to burn a Audible credit to get it.

Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars.  I’m going to agree.  I don’t know if it’s the book or that I love the characters.  Whatever it is, I’m hooked on Linda Castillo and her character Kate Burkholder.

What I’m Reading: What She Knew


I just finished up the audio book What She Knew: A Novel by Gilly Manmillan.  When I was off recovering from my foot surgery I got a note from our daughter Kayla that included a gift of three Audible books.  That sure was sweet and so very appreciated.  That took me on a hunt to find a couple good books.  It was nice because I actually had time to browse.  So often I just grab something. The bad part though.  I had a couple on line library books that I had to finish first.  Finally I got to the book from Kayla.

When I read the review of this book it compared it to “The Girl on the Train”.  I loved that books so I had to try this one…right?

Try it, I did…and here’s what I thought. [Read more...]

What I’ve Been Reading: Woods Runner


I just finished up the book Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen.  I’ve long been a Gary Paulsen fan.  It all started when reading to my children when they were little.  Some of our favorites are Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, The Rifle, Soldier’s Heart, but our favorites by far where the Tucket books, Tucket’s Travels: Francis Tucket’s Adventures in the West, 1847-1849.

The Tucket series I’ve read twice.  Once I read them to our kids and another time I read them to the childcare kids.  Everyone has LOVED them.  How can you not when a boy gets stolen by the Indians and saved by a one armed mountain man?  If you have younger elementary kiddos in your life they are a must read.

Anyway..back to my book I just finished….Woods Runner.  I was hoping that Gary Paulsen wouldn’t let me down and of course, he didn’t.

Gary Paulsen is children’s literature writer..one of the best in my opinion. [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: Glory Be


I just finished up listening to the audio book Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood.

I often read young adult fiction and typically enjoy it.  This book I would actually classify as children’s fiction.  It was a really good listen and I very much enjoyed the book.  I do have to say that in the past couple months I had read a book that was very similar…segregation, closing the public pool, northern “agitators” coming to the south….The two books very similar that I checked to make sure I hadn’t already read the book, but the two books were different…both were good.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, [Read more...]