October Reads

Knee replacement surgery forced me into staying closer to home and I found some good reads from friends. Somebody’s daughter is well writter and an interesting read. Loved Walked In was once of those books I did like but it was very wordy and characters were conveniently killed or separated to give a fairy tale type ending. Still it helped keep the pain at bay. Hex and the Once and Future Witches were good reads. My favorite fantasy was the House on the Cerulean Sea. It had a good message but was also an excellent read.


Seven Days of Us

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Getting together for Christmas can be a stressful time for many families. The Birches will all be together in their country home for the first time in many years. They are forced to stay together because oldest daughter Olivia has been treating patients and has been exposed to the Haag disease. She is required to be quarantined and so must the rest of the family. The story is told through different point of views, feelings are exposed and some problems resolved. Over all a good read with some questions.

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Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World by H.R. McMaster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Strategic narcissism is the phrase McMaster uses to describe the US foreign policy in the world. Whether you agree with his assessment or not he does give an often tedious but very well researched background on the role of foreign policy over several presidential administrations not just the current one. It is well worth reading to get a better idea of the philosophies and views of some of the hotspots in the world and how the US could relate better.

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The Other Mrs.

When a grusome murder takes place in a New England neighborhood the new neighbors are suspects right away. By the end of the first quarterr of the book I was convinced that I knew who had done it. But I was interested enough to continue. The book is anything but predictable and a good psychological suspense story.

The Forgotten Home Child

The Forgotten Home Child is based on the historic movement of children from England to Canada in the latter part of the 19th century.  Much the same as the Orphan Train in the United States.  Children were taken off the street or from their parents if they were thought to be unfit and transferred to homes in Canada.  Some children were adopted and treated well, while others were abused and malnurished.  This story is sad but for some of the characters there is a happy ending. For too long it has remained hidden in history.