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Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday's Finds 4-17-2009

These are just a few of my great finds this week - Hope you find something here you like!

Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman

Found at The Story Siren.

Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town working at the library and lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.

The Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Found at The Printed Page.

An unforgettable story of the joy of motherhood, the bravery of a community, and the hope of one extraordinary woman.

At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can’t speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side—illuminate a fascinating time in history. Beautifully written and utterly moving, The Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is, and everyone who has, a mother.
(Description from Amazon)

Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

Found at The Novel Bookworm

Some secrets are too terrible to reveal . . .
Some crimes are too unspeakable to solve . . .

In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and “English” residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.

Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She’s certain she’s come to terms with her past—until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past—and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.
(Description from Amazon)

In the Forest by Edna O'Brien

In the Forest returns to the countryside of western Ireland, the vivid backdrop of Edna O'Brien's best-selling Wild Decembers. Here O'Brien unravels a classic confrontation between evil and innocence centering on the young, troubled Michael O'Kane, christened by his neighbors "the Kindershrek," someone of whom small children are afraid. O'Kane loses his mother as a boy and by age ten is incarcerated in a juvenile detention center, an experience that leaves him scarred from abuse — and worse, with the killing instinct buried within. A story based on actual events, In the Forest proceeds in a rush of breathtaking, hair-raising episodes and asks what will become of O'Kane's unwitting victims — a radiant young woman, her little son, and a devout and trusting priest.

Riveting, frightening, and brilliantly told, this intimate portrayal of both perpetrator and victims reminds us that anything can happen "outside the boundary of mother and child."
(Description from Houghton Mifflin Books)

What great books did you find this week?? Stop over at Should Be Reading and share yours!


bermudaonion said...

The Midwife caught my eye this week, too.

Lisa (Southern Girl Reads) said...

Sworn To Silence sounds gripping! I'll look for that! Happy Friday! P.S. I love your layout of this post!

Darlene said...

The Midwife is one I'll be reading one of these days. I'd like to read In the Forest though-that is such an intense cover so rich in color.

Unknown said...

These all sound good and I'm putting them on my list. I really like the sound of Sworn to Silence.

-.- said...

All of them look really good, but I'm especially taken with In the Forest. The blurb makes me want to read it now.

~ Popin

avisannschild said...

Wow, these all look good!

Kim said...

In the Forest caught my eye in a scary way--it sounds intense! The one I really want to read is The Midwife--
Great finds--


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