Jo Goodman is one of my favorite western novelists. “A Touch of Frost” is the sixth book that I’ve read. I love her novels because not only are the plot and the subplot involved and appealing, the dialogue among the characters is humorous and catchy. I enjoy the repartee she writes between certain characters in this novel. I think this is what brings me back to her writings each time. I know I will be entertained and interested throughout reading the whole book.
This particular novel is about Phoebe Apple and Remington Frost. Phoebe’s sister, Fiona, is married to Remington’s father, Thaddeus. Fiona and Phoebe really do not get along and Fiona is at times difficult to take. She is conniving and self-absorbed. Thaddeus is sure that Fiona is going to leave him. He brings Phoebe from New York to see her sister and along the way the train on which she is travelling is robbed and she is taken hostage. But Thaddeus has provided an unseen escort for Phoebe in his son, Remington. Remington follows Phoebe and her captors and rescues her. However that is not the end of the drama. Someone is out to get Phoebe and her life is still in danger. The plot is rather complicated which adds to the attraction of the novel. I highly recommend Ms. Goodman’s books.
I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.
Shelley Shepard Gray begins a new series, The Amish of Hart County with “Her Secret”. Hannah Hilty and her family, mother, father, brother and sister, have been forced to move from their home in Ohio to a small town, Munfordville, Kentucky. Their reason for selling out and moving is to get away from someone who is stalking Hannah. Some in the family think that Hannah is over reacting to notes, flowers and unwanted gifts. However, the stalker was getting more brazen and scary. Hannah’s brother and sister, especially, are having problems adjusting to a smaller town with all that small towns bring with them. Hannah does not venture out unless it is necessary. She is a virtual prisoner in her own home because of her fear of being the target of the stalker again, when she befriends a young man who is her neighbor. She is trying to let herself become her own person again and not be afraid of her own shadow. However, things start happening to make her think that her pursuer is back. She knows who it is and she seems to think that he has followed her and her family to their new location. She is not mistaken though, and her fears increase as the stalker comes closer and closer to her. She has to decide whether or not to let him take over her life or overcome her fears and choose to let people into her life who can help her.
I thought that this was a really good Amish thriller. It didn’t take me long to read it because I enjoyed it so much. I received a print copy of this book from Litfuse.com in return for my honest review.
“The Orphan Keeper”, written by Camron Wright is actually based on a true story. This book is set in Erode, India in 1978. Chellamuthu and his family live in a hut, a hovel really. His mother and father and siblings live in the one “room”. Kuppaswami, his father, is a hard man, given to drink, and not able to provide much for his family. Arayi, Chellamuthu’s mother, works at a textile factory, which leaves the children home alone for most of the day. Chellamuthu is constantly getting into trouble, running with the wrong crowd, and being generally mischievous. He is only seven years old.
One day, he goes with his father to the marketplace and is told to wait outside the building. Of course, he sees friends and decides to see what they are up to. His “friends” lure him to a waiting van, and throw him inside as the van speeds away. He is scared but notices other children in this van. He is taken to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children, actually sold to the orphan home. Even though he tells those in charge that he has a family and was taken, they do not try to find them. What follows is the tale of Chellamuthu, his adoption by an American family and his struggle to fit in. His parents change his name to Taj, hoping this will help him adapt better. Meanwhile, his family in India searches every day until they exhaust all avenues and have to give up. Taj wants to go home, but after ten years gives up. After he marries his Indian wife and meets an Indian family, they help him discover the truth of his past. It seems hopeless as they try to find the area from which he was taken and then to trace his actual home. When he actually does find his mother, father and siblings, it is an unbelievable reunion. Eventually both families meet and now Taj has two families.
This book about his journey to find himself and his heritage is heartbreaking in one sense and equally satisfying in another. It shows that although families may not physically stay together, there is a lifelong bond between all members that will never go away.
I received a print copy of this book from Smith Publicity in return for my honest review.