Summer Reading Book Reviews 2012

More Than A Dream, Return To Red River, Book 3 by Lauraine Snelling
Submitted by Kristy Gillinder at the Bluffton Branch Library on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

In this series continuation, author Lauraine Snelling follows the families in and around Blessing, North Dakota. Young Thorliff has gone away to study and become a newspaper man. While at school, he meets and falls in love with Elizabeth, a young woman studying to be a doctor. When the Red River savagely overflows and residents of Blessing fall ill, Thorliff and Elizabeth rush to help. Thorliff and Elizabeth realize they are in love and plan to marry, once the people are all well. This is a wonderful story about faith and courage and family. I adore this series!

Legacy by Danielle Steel
Submitted by Kristy Gillinder at the Bluffton Branch Library on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Brigitte Nicholson, is thirty-eight years old, dedicated to her career, and trying to become a novelist. When her boyfriend dumps her on Valentine’s Day, things go from bad to worse. She loses her job and finds herself feeling lost. Brigitte agrees to help her widowed mom trace their family’s history. She finds herself searching all over the world for clues, finally going on a fantasy trip to France, where she learns about her family’s lovely story. While there, she meets and falls in love with a wonderful man. A precious story about the love of a family over the years. Really sweet story!

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosney
Submitted by Donna Sammond at the Beaufort Branch Library on Saturday, July 14, 2012

I read "Sarah's Key" after a friend recommended it. I couldn't put it down. A truly fascinating & heart wrenching novel of the events occurring in Paris, 1942. A story of a truly horrendous chain of events which should never be forgotten. Very rich in detail - a "must read".

Life Sentences by Alice Blanchard
Submitted by Susan Beaver at the Hilton Head Branch Library on Monday, July 2, 2012

This book is another winning psychological thriller. A research scientist in Boston, Daisy Hubbard is attempting to find a cure for a rare disease which killed her brother years ago at the age of six. Then, Daisy's sibling Anna, who is schizophrenic, goes missing in California and it is Daisy's responsibility to try to locate her. The police become involved, thinking Anna may become her victim of a sinister man, who leads both Daisy and the police on many chases to locate Anna. Murdered persons are uncovered, but not Anna. Romance occurs in Daisy's life. Disclosures of abusive childhoods surface. These and other events become intertwined and the ending is a surprise.

Days of Gold by Jude Deveraux
Submitted by Eve Heaton at the St. Helena Branch Library on Friday, July 6, 2012

I am a huge fan of Jude Deveraux's older work but not so much so with her newer novels. I picked this novel up hoping it would be different but alas no. The story involves a Scottish highlander who gives up everything to rescue a beautiful, priviliged, girl. During the course of the novel he is accused of kidnapping and theft and has to outwit the girl's evil finance. I felt the story jumped around a lot (from Scottish highlands to early America) andn all the story lines got too easily and neatly resolved. It is a breezy read (I read it in 2 days) but definitely did not make me think that this was a return to great romance writing by Ms. Deveraux.