Saturday 29 March 2008

Funny in Farsi : A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas

Each chapter represents a chunk of the author's life,as she grows up in America. A really amusing account, exploring the cultural differences between Iran & America. The outline that is given of immigrants arriving in another country, working hard to support other family members to migrate is a reflection of many groups of immigrants. (My own family did this from Italy to the UK). The Values of the extended family, whilst sharing the highs and lows of each others lives.

Wednesday 26 March 2008

Fool's Puzzle by Earlene Fowler

In the first of the series we meet Benni Harper, a widow who is still grieving for the death of her husband and in some ways that of her in laws and the ranch where she and her husband lives. In order to try and start over Benni is reported to have moved into town and taken a job as director of a folk art museum. Just three months in to the new job, Benni discovers a murder victim and then later another victim. Is there a connection with her late husband & the first victim? No matter how much Benni upsets the local police chief Benni simply has to find out.....Looking forward to meeting Benni again and to see how her relationship with the police chief develops.

Friday 21 March 2008

Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich

My first Evanovich book outside of the wonderful Stephanie Plum series. I wasn't sure that I would like this, I like Plum too much, but this was just as good, wacky & very funny in places. Here we follow the life, misfortune and determination of Alexandra Barnaby, whose brother has disappeared, along with a boat that he doesn't own. His flat has been turned over, not once but twice. Barnaby is determined to find & protect her little brother. She meets Hooker, who is perhaps as full on as Morelli & Ranger. I look forward to meeting the characters again next time.

Thursday 13 March 2008

Wedding Bell Blues by Linda Windsor

An interesting novel about four women whose school friendship continues into adulthood. Determined to be a success following the failure of her marriage, Alex is thrown together with her ex husband who is to be the best man at her sister's wedding. Both her and her ex husband soon realise that they still love each other.... A Christian theme runs through the book, and this was not especially off putting. Regardless,I enjoyed the book and hope I can read the second book in the Piper Cove Chronicles series.

Monday 10 March 2008

Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber

The light hearted story of Katherine O'Connor, or KO to her friends. Set on the peripherals of Blossom Street, there are brief glimpses of the regular inhabitants of Blossom Street. KO is single and possibly looking for love, her sister is married with twin girls who is bring the twins up to enjoy & believe in their free spirit, as coaxed by the author, a child psychologist, called Wynn. Whynn happens to live in the same apartment building as KO. KO struggles not to voice her disapproval. A meeting between KO & Wynn, then dinner in a snazzy resturant, and the two of them can't help but like each other.

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

A truely amazing book, demonstrating complete courage, strength & bravery. Corrie's family died in the concentration camps, Corrie the only one to survive did remarkable things with her life, and is an inspiration to us all.


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