Necessary Lies
“I wished we lived right next to the ocean. When I said that, Mrs. Forrester said you could ruin a thing by wishing for something else.” Jane Forrester is newly married and starts work as a social worker in a rural county in North Carolina. Her husband does not approve […]

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain


Beartown 3
“Hockey is never satisfied being part of your life, it wants to be all of it.” A small town is kept from fading into oblivion by hockey. The jobs are leaving, the talent is leaving, but there’s a youth hockey team heading to the semifinals and if they win, maybe, […]

Beartown by Fredrik Backman


Nothing is Strange 1
“I think that maybe we only cry because we don’t understand what is going on. Maybe if we understood what is really going on we wouldn’t cry at all, ever.” Books of short stories are often fun to read. They require less commitment as you can read a story and […]

Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell



The Women in the Castle
The Women in the Castle┬áby Jessica Shattuck I love a good WWII historical fiction book. I’ve seen good reviews about The Women in the Castle, so I thought we could all read this together for the September Online Book Club book. Here is the Goodreads summary: Amid the ashes of […]

Online Book Club: September Announcement (The Women in the Castle ...


The Bourbon Thief 1
“And bourbon’s like the truth, you know.” “How’s that?” “The first taste burns, but once you get used to it, it’s the only thing you want in your mouth.” The Bourbon Thief is a story in a story. A woman entrances a man and after inviting her home finds she […]

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz


Amazing Grace 3
  “Ideas have far-reaching consequences, and one must be ever so careful about what one allows to lodge in one’s brain.” One might think that the man responsible for removing the slave trade and even slavery itself from England might be a household name. However, William Wilberforce is not a […]

Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End ...



Modern-Day Miracles 1
“All of the orphans in the orphanage that day learned that there was indeed truth that prayer is powerful.” Miracles are not often thought about in our modern-day society. They are legends from Biblical times when people were healed, made to see or brought back to life. John P. Herzog […]

A Medley of Modern-Day Miracles by John P. Herzog


Tech-Wise Family 1
  “We are meant for so much more than technology can ever give us – above all, for the wisdom and courage that it will never give us. We are meant to spur on another along on the way to a better life, the life that really is life.” Technology […]

The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch


August 2017 Bookshelf 2
I did not read as many books in July as I wanted to read, but I’m happy with the ones I did. I’ll carry over the ones I didn’t read into August except for one. I had thought Last Hope Island was historical fiction, but it was a non-fiction book […]

Sarah Anne’s Bookshelf: August 2017



Small Great Things 1
“… Equality is treating everyone the same. But equity is taking differences into account, so everyone has a chance to succeed …” Ruth is a labor and delivery nurse who has worked hard for years to make a good life for herself and her son. Her husband died serving his […]

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult