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Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

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Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult was a book of coincidences and controversies.  Jodi Picoult is known to write books that are controversial in nature. She also likes to add twists and turns that are not expected.  This is true for this book as well. I found the mixtures of controversies, coincidences and twisting storylines interesting. Abortions, Gun Control, Women’s Rights, and Patient Rights are all just parts of the story.  

The book is set at a center of women’s health in Mississippi where abortions as well as other women’s health issues are addressed.  The book also addresses how far a father would go to protect and stand up for their teenage daughter. The questions of what makes a father/ a parent.  The two male characters are on opposite sides of the situation, with one needing to find a way to make a connection to bring a resolution.

I liked the different way Jodi Picoult wrote her book with the story line going backward.  She starts at the climax and works her way backward through the story hour by hour. The number of characters stories also made the book fascinating. I left the book with more questions than answers.  As much as I loved the book, I was disappointed in the lack of resolution in a couple of the storylines. There were characters whose storyline just ends and I really wanted to know what happened to them.   

Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult is going to raise questions and leave you reassessing your stances. The storyline is compelling. Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult is a good read.

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.  

All Roads Lead to You by Jennifer Probst

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All Roads Lead to You by Jennifer Probst  is the third book in a series by Jennifer Probst called Stay.  The story focuses on a family of three siblings who live in New York’s Hudson Valley.  They run a B and B and a rescue farm for horses. Book one was all about the brother Ethan and Mia. Book two was about Ophelia and Kyle.  This book is going to focus on Harper, the last sister and her rescue farm. While all books were great, they can be read as standalones.

Harper has always felt different.  She is tall and does not look like her siblings.  She finds solace with the horses she saves and her work with animals.  Harper is smart, compassionate and caring, but she is also a straight talker with no ability to conceal her thoughts.  She has a horse that has really has some interesting skills. The amount of work to get Phoenix to even be calm around them and be ridden was tremendous, but Harper thinks he was and is a racer.  

Aiden came to the B and B to rest.  He was looking for what was next, a horse to train, a past to conceal.  It was then he saw Phoenix and met Harper. He is hooked and works hard to get the family to accept him and training Phoenix. 

The story is another great love story.  I love the openness and up front person that is Harper. I understand how Harper could love Aiden’s voice with his Irish lilt.  All the animals seem to fall for Aiden which makes him even more a part of the family. I enjoy how Jennifer Probst always has a moral dilemma for each character and how they grow from their experiences.  It doesn’t hurt that the books are HOT. All Roads Lead to You by Jennifer Probst was a great read with lots of romance.

 

A Brand New Ending by Jennifer Probst

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A Brand New Ending is the second book in a series by Jennifer Probst called Stay.  The story focuses on a family of three siblings who live in New York’s Hudson Valley.  They run an inn and a rescue farm for horses. Book one was all about the brother Ethan and Mia.  

This book is about Ophelia Bishop.  She once left home and tried to live in Hollywood with her husband.  She knew it wasn’t for her and despite how much she loved Kyle, she couldn’t stay.  Instead she came home and learned how to run the B and B. She found her place. Ophelia thought she and Kyle were  divorced and done.  

Until Kyle  shows up at the B and B thinking he can stay for three months, while he writes his next screenplay. A lot happened to him while he was in Hollywood, but mostly Kyle feels he might have lost himself and he knows he lost Ophelia.  Now  maybe there is a second chance.

I like how Kyle didn’t give up.  I love how Ophelia stood up for herself and was willing to force Kyle to see her perspective.  I like books with second chances, so I was glad to read the book knowing the content. I think Jennifer Probst writes hot, sexy books with real people.  I enjoyed reading the book with all the emotions and poignancy of the main characters. A Brand New Ending by Jennifer Probst is a great read if you love romance and hot, hot, hot characters.

 

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.

 

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 Scoundrel by Mary Jo Putney

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Mary Jo Putney is the author of a series of books called Rogues Redeemed.  The main male characters are all men who were sentenced to die after a night locked away.  They were able to escape, but promised each other that they were maintain contact and try to redeem themselves in the future.  They also agreed to help each other unconditionally if called on. Once a Scoundrel is the next book in the series.

Gabriel Hawkins is a man who had to carve out his own destiny.  Denied his heritage and career, he takes on dangerous jobs on his own ship with bravery and cunning. Gabriel has agreed to help save a lady who is about to be sold into a harem or will be sold for ransom.  He has been given part of the money (all the family could afford) and is off on a mission to a place he never wanted to go again.

“Rory” Lawrence is not married and has been off on adventures with her cousin Constance.  She has avoided the customary, ordinary life of a victorian upper crust woman. She has seen India and gone places that have excited and thrilled her, but captured by a pirate and waiting to be ransomed by her family was not the adventure she was hoping for.  “Rory” is scared and terrified while trying to maintain her hopefulness. Her cousin Constance and her crew were depending on her to help save them as well.

Gabriel and Rory were certain they were for each other, knowing that the chances of them finding their HEA was slim...together they forge a bond and both work to have that happen.  The newest book in the Rogues Redeemed series called Once a Scoundrel by Mary Jo Putney was a great read.

 

Dearly Beloved by Mary Jo Putney

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Dearly Beloved by Mary Jo Putney reminded me of an old fashion bodice ripper as opposed to a newer aged historical romance.  The book had it all, an evil spy, secrets to save Britain, a spymaster who has learned to trust no one, an innocent woman, and loads of secrets.  The book was originally published in 2004, but has a spruced up cover. The book has some difficult topics that could be offsetting to others including rape, and incest.  

Keeping secrets while might start out as innocuous, almost always turn into huge problems difficult to overcome.  Diana Lindsay has lived out in the country for many years with her son and a companion/helper, Edith.  Together they have forged a family. Then another woman showed up who shared her story and helped Diana become a courtesan.  

Diana’s first night out as a  courtesan, she meets Gervase Brandelin, the Viscount St. Aubyn.  He immediately wants her for his own and the plot deepens. Diana does not immediately choose him and always prevents him from them being exclusive (even though they both are). That’s when the plot starts thickening and twisting.

Mary Jo Putney slowly lets information leak that foreshadowed some of what was to come and as with a good novel, you both looked forward to the truth being set free and horror at what was to come.  The book’s storyline was not my favorite. I am not a fan of rape and incest stories, but I needed to read where the book was going to go. I found myself both liking and disliking the characters as their stories unfolded.  Mary Mo Putney is a great author, but I am not a fan of this particular novel, Dearly Beloved.

 

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The news Jacquelyn Winespear is on my summer reading list.
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