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Great Small Things by Jodi Picoult

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Small Great Things is another fabulous novel by Jodi Picoult.  Once again we are surrounded by by a story - showing all sides - even the ugly parts we don’t want to see.  Our perceptions are challenged by a story meant to open our eyes.  Jodi Picoult is a master of this!

Small Great Things takes us on a journey into the realm of white supremacy and racism. Both topics seem to be something that is not written about in a best selling novel, but on the back pages of a tawdry newspaper,  Yet Jodi Picoult manages to bring them to the forefront with her usual skills in bringing us into a story.  The characters are neither likable nor unlikable.  They are people with deep seated beliefs that are exposed to a story that twists and turns around them. I think that makes the story more realistic, that you are exposed to all parts of a person’s character.

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse in a local hospital.  She has worked there for years and has always found her work rewarding. However the parents of one of the newborns requested that she not work with them.  Being white supremacists they do not want Ruth, an African American to be near them.  What happens next can only be considered a tragedy of huge proportions.  Eventually Ruth’s whole life seems to implode.  Kennedy McQuarrie, her lawyer  believes that playing the race card will only make everything worst.  But does it?

An incredible ride of a story. My emotions raced up and down as the story progressed.  I found myself both horrified and elated within the story.  Small Great Things is a story that gets to the heart of what is happening now in our country.  Jodi Picoult is a storyteller and this novel is a wake up call to our world.  

The Start of Something Good by Jennifer Probst

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The Start of Something Good is the first book in a new series by Jennifer Probst called Stay.  The story focuses on a family of three siblings in the New York’s Hudson Valley. They run an inn and a rescue farm for horses.  

The Start of Something Good focuses on Ethan Bishop.  He left when he was 18 wanting to save the world. He was a paratrooper going on dangerous missions to save people.  He also was a bodyguard for some of Hollywood’s elite. All was lost when a secret mission went badly, the person of importance was killed and he was badly injured.  Suddenly with surgeries, physical therapy and the symptoms of PTSD, he heads home to hide and heal.

Mia is finally almost where she wants to be.  She is leading her own PR firm, living in Manhattan, living and working her life to help good people succeed.  Mia loves the beats, noise and constant movement of the city. The great clothes do not hurt either. Then she was on a horse farm ‘babysitting’ a client’s college aged daughter and suddenly her life spins out of control.  There is a chicken who hates her and chases her. There are people on vacation who want to talk to her, a teenage with attitude and to top it all off - the most infuriating man known who is constantly seems to find fault with her.  

Mia and Ethan seem to clash and spark off each other!  They are a wonderful characters who are so much fun to read about.  The other distractions with rehab, abused animals, families and small towns just make the story full and interesting.  I really enjoyed The Start of Something Good by Jennifer Probst! It was a great read.

 

Searching for Mine by Jennifer Probst

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Searching for Mine by Jennifer Probst is a novella in the Searching For series. This is another one of her delicious Kinnection novels where the business, Kinnection helps find love matches. However, this time Kinnections has a small role in the story of Ella and Connor. We have met Connor before and he did not make a great impression. (His brother Nate is married to Kennedy.) However Connor has been going to school to improve his job choices. His last class before Graduation is an English class with Ella who turns out to be his neighbor. 

I love how the characters grow and change. I love how we finally get to see Connor as a complete character who is not static (unlike in his earlier appearance). Ella made me laugh when as a teacher she so nails Connor for not finishing his reading and trying to talk his way through without the background knowledge. Ella with her son were so insular before Connor’s influence. Mostly I love how they fell in love - even when they were clueless! Searching for Mine by Jennifer Probst is a wonderful read!!!!

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

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I enjoy reading fictional books that make me think about what is important in life. Amanda Prowse’s newest book, The Art of Hiding really highlighted that notion about what is important.  The main character Nina thought she had a perfect life, a beautiful house, plenty of food and money, a great husband and two boys.  Until her husband Finn dies and Nina’s house of cards falls apart.  She and her boys are left destitute with nothing.  Nina needs to be strong for the boys and strong for herself as they rebuild their lives.  

The beginning of the book was so hard to read.  Amanda Prowse's words evoked such horror and immense sadness.  I found myself both sad and mad at the same time. The small steps Nina takes and the slow growth of surviving day to day brought relief.  It is a gift to be able to write in such a way that the emotions of the main character are mirrored by the reader.  

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse is a great read.  

The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

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The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse is a heart wrenching novel about mothers and daughters.  The novel is well written and contains much emotion.  The storyline did not catch me right away, but about ½ way into the book, I did not want to put the book down.

Lucy Carpenter seems to have it all a great job and a great husband - a life that many people would be jealous of.  She however wants a baby - to have a baby with Jonah.  Instead she ends up with Camille, Jonah’s teenage daughter.  This young person puts a hardship on their relationship.  The wedge between Lucy and Jonah grows as Camille stays on and Lucy feels her dreams fade away, which grows the wedge deeper and the distance grows.

I am unsure of how many people would immediately connect with Lucy and Jonah at the beginning of the book.   The subject of miscarriages will make some people shy away from reading this (as I almost did).  The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse was a poignant read.  

Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney

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Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney is a lovely historical romance with some great twists.  I enjoyed the different plot and found the book to be interesting historically as well.  Calista Brooke has spent most of her life trapped.  She was forced to marry by her father, only to be momentarily saved by her best friend Richard, to being caught.  Her marriage while forced could have been much worse, after he dies, her stepson wanted to steal it all so she fled to Washington, only to have the city and her home burn down around her in The War of 1812.  

Richard or Gordon or or Lord George was her best friend growing up.  He too had a horrible family life that included abuse.  He knew he could marry Callie and get her to freedom and they would rub along tolerably well together, but there were betrayed and he was almost beaten to death by Callista’s father and then found guilty and sent to Australia, as his father watched impassively.  

Gordon survived and was a man of adventure, who helped people find or locate various things.  He was asked to locate a Mrs Audley in Washington DC and help her either return to England or he was to give the information forward so she could live comfortably in the future.  What a surprise that the Mrs Audley was Callista.  

Mary Jo Putney’s newest book was a  lovely story with all the needed twists and turns.  You really wanted to couple to be together again and hoped love would bloom.  Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney was a good read!

 

Once a Soldier by Mary Jo Putney

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Once a Soldier by Mary Jo Putney is an historical romance set during the Napoleonic Wars. Will Masterson was a finally done being a soldier. He was asked to accomplish one last mission and to determine the damage done to San Gabriel by the French. Once there he meets the beautiful Athena Markham. As the illegitimate daughter of a noble, Athena never felt that she belonged in England. Will and Athena really fall for each other, but not all is well in San Gabriel. There is a rogue band of french soldiers that are determined to take over San Gabriel for themselves. 

Mary Jo Putney’s story is a great romance, with adventure and some nervous moments. I enjoyed the story and liked the main characters, mostly because they were more unique than in most stories of this time. A good read.

Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney

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I cannot imagine someone’s looks to be a problem, but for Jessie that is the problem. She has found some of the nastiest men and each mistreated her, but then she found Philip and life was smooth when he was alive. Since he has died, her daughter Beth and Jessie herself are not safe. Some family members would give anything to take over the title and the land. 

Daniel has another problem I cannot imagine. He has just gained a title and loads of land and money. He was not interested in gaining all these riches. Daniel just wants to be a doctor and to help people. He does not want to spend his time having to be the administrator of all the land and responsibilities. He needs a wife, who can do all that so he can continue to work as a doctor.

Neither Daniel nor Jessie thinks they would suit each other. (Too young and too beautiful.) However, the fates happen a little differently then they expected! Jessie and Daniel need to find a way to bond and fight for each other.

Despite the obvious handicap of having two problems that are as far from my world as possible, I really like the story and the characters. I found myself cheering for them and hoping all would work out. I like how well they meshed and how well they did not give up.

A historical novel that is a good read. 

I did receive this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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