Category Archives: Good Books

What I’m Reading: The Things We Cannot Say

I was down a rabbit trail that lead to Audible and I ended up seeing a book that looked interesting and I ended up getting it.  I have this problem.  If Audible says, “Fans of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls will adore The Things We Cannot Say.”  I am a sucker and will get the book because I loved The NightingaleYou all can probably relate.  It was one of those moments when I should have been doing something else but ended up on the computer instead.  Anyway…this is the book I got, The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer.

The Things We Cannot Say: A Novel by [Rimmer, Kelly]

This ended up being a VERY good book.  The book is written in present day from the story of a granddaughter and toggles back to past with the story of the grandmother who lived in Poland during WWII.  This book format is often done but to date, I don’t tire of it.  The granddaughter in this case is a mom of a 10 and 7 year old.  Her boy that is 7 has autism.  Her story really got to me and I’m sure anyone who deals with autism could connect to her story.  The grandmother’s story is touching as well.  The book talks so much about commitment and for me, I can never hear enough about people who are willing to give to others even at the sacrifice of themselves.  I aspire to be that kind of person.

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What I’m Reading: The Last Widow

YAHOO!!!  I’m so happy.  One of my favorite series authors came out with another book in the series.  Karin Slaughter, the author, had wrote a wonder series with Will Trent as the main character.  Oh how I’ve loved the books but then she wrote some other books.  Most good, but not with the beloved, Will Trent…a few were a little too dark for me.  I wished and wished she’d go back to Will Trent and she did.  She wrote, The Last Widow.

I’m was a little nervous to read it as I had high expectations.  Will the book live up to it??  I was even more nervous as Amazon readers only gave the book 4 out of 5 stars.  Hmmm.  That didn’t sound the best.

Well the book was pretty good.  Many of the reviews said it was their least favorite of the series.  I would say it’s not the best one but still pretty good.  I’ve come to know and love the characters, after all, this is book #9 of the series.  I think when I listen to them, it’s like a television series.  I like some episodes better than others but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the series.

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What I’m Reading: The Little Ghost Girl

I just finished up one book focusing on abuse and I picked up another.  If you’re a reader, you know how it is….you read one book and another book is suggested to you.  That’s how I got The Little Ghost Girl by Maggie Hartley.

The Little Ghost Girl: Abused Starved and Neglected. A Little Girl Desperate for Someone to Love Her by [Hartley, Maggie]
I don’t want to say that I enjoy books about abuse.  No one does.  But I get a lot out of the books.  Children are typically saved or they save themselves from their situation.  I feel the books give me strength to fight on through the, in comparison, small things I deal with every day.  I also feel that, as a human, I can respect someone by listening to their story.  Reading or listening to books from people who were abused also helps me keep my eyes open to see or be aware to watch for signs of abuse.  Isn’t that the ultimate thing we can do to honor them…work to not let it happen to others?  On with the book…

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What I’m Reading: The Night Olivia Fell

I’ve been reading a lot of heavy books….books about abuse, the Holocaust and other type things.  As much as I appreciate reading those books, I need a break from time to time.  A good mystery was what I needed and I thought I found one, The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald.

The book was very interesting.  It was told from the perspective of Olivia, the daughter, and her single mother, Abi.  When Abi’s story is told she starts telling from the day Olivia fell.  When Olivia tells her story, she starts about a month or so away from the time she fell.  Slowly the two stories come together and the mystery of Olivia’s fall is finally revealed.  I didn’t guess what happened until about a chapter from the end.

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