More Vacation Book Reviews...

More of what I read on vacation...

The Orchard by Theresa Weir

This was an advanced reading copy from ALA - a memoir described as a love story and as Silent Spring set in the Midwest. I liked the cover, so I thought I would give it a shot. I was blown away by this book - Weir infuses the story with romance, drama, tension, agriculture, fear, emotion, family and detachment, and I couldn't stop reading her story of falling in love at a young age with a man who's family owns an apple orchard, and the struggles - both on the farm and with each other - they encounter. I didn't want it to end, though I knew how it would....a truly well-written memoir, about an unlikely subject for me to be interested in. Highly, highly recommended!

Sailing to Capri by Elizabeth Adler

This was Dad's first audiobook pick, and we listened to it quite a bit on the drives from place to place. The story itself was a bit trite and silly at times, but filled with quite a cast of characters and a great setting - once we got there. ;-) Not a toe tapper, but pleasant enough for our journey!

A Lot Like Love by Julie James

I had the chance to meet James at ALA and she signed my copy of this novel, her latest. Jordan is a daughter of one of the richest men in Chicago and the owner of her own wine store; Nick is an FBI agent trying to take down a Mob connection through his nightclub...so of course the sparks fly when these two have to team up for their own purposes! This was a fast, fun read with lots of back and forth between Jordan and Nick, and enough spice and humor to keep it interesting!

Run Your Butt Off by Sarah Lorge Butler

I really enjoyed this nonfiction book from writers of Runner's World magazine, and it breaks down step by step how to start running. Very inspirational - I've already implemented the first few steps of the plan. Who knew I could jog! :-)

The Postcard Killers by James Patterson

This was the other audiobook we listened to on our journey home, and I actually really enjoyed it. International locations, a creepy duo of serial killers, an unlikely setting (Sweden), great characters and a lot of suspense. Recommended - and the narration I thought was great!

Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr

We also met Robyn Carr at ALA, and this was the latest in her "Virgin River" series - this time featuring a stressed out chef, a man dealing with his difficult stepdaughter, all against the backdrop of perfect Virgin River in Northern California. I thought this was a very readable, engaging story, and though I jumped right into the series, didn't feel like I'd missed anything too terrible. I would like to read more!

Falling Together
by Marisa de los Santos

I adored de los Santos' first two novels (which were tied together), so I was eager to read this stand-alone novel about three friends (girl, girl, boy) who are drawn together in college, only to lose touch until six years later...

de los Santos' writing continues to be luminous and at times truly hilarious and thought provoking, but for some reason I had trouble getting into the story itself...almost like I kept waiting for it to "start", and then losing interest the further along we got - just wanting the happy ending and to move on to another book, which was troubling to me. I loved the characters, the interplay and the writing, but the plot...bored me. I'm truly conflicted about this book, and I don't want to be! I loved her others! :-(

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