Book Review: Remembrance by Rita Woods

I am not one for young adult reading, and this book treads the line on that genre. Received as part of the Once Upon a Book Club February 2020 box, I complied with the club rules and read diligently stopping only on the designated pages to open the gifts that coincided with the story. The…

Book Review: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

This story is based on Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World”. Christina was a real-life woman that became Andrew Wyeth’s thirty year muse as he visited her again and studied her world. In this fictionalized memoir in Christina’s perspective, her disability (true) and family history of descendants from the Salem witch trials ensures her world will…

Book Review: The Last Letter from Juliet by Melanie Hudson

A feature of the Once Upon a Book Club February 2020 box, this book is guaranteed to leave all readers in a flux of emotion as we laugh and cry all at the same time. Truly heartwarming and uplifting, this story is one you will want to pass on to your dearest of friends as…

Book Review: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

This romantic tragedy (once a banned book) tells a story in the third person via housemaid. The story of love and loss, cruelty, revenge, and returning to love we are taken on an unpredictable winding path of dissonance. Human behavior shines under the pressure of absurdity and depravity so unbelievable that we are forced to…

Book Review: Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

This book was included as part of the Advent Box presented by Once Upon a Book Club in 2019. Set in 1962, Ernest Young splits his narrative between the present and 1902 he was brought to Seattle as a young boy. Coming from China during a time of famine, completely alone and eventually auctioned to…

Book Review: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

One of my all-time favorite books! Suspenseful but without the paranormal elements that so often taint thrillers. This story follows three narratives, all siblings, as they piece together the true history of their childhood. Growing up in a home with a cult leader and parents that were later found dead, the confusion of control and…

Book Reviews: Wild Land by Rebecca Hodges

This was a truly heart-stopping page turner of a book, just like the cover promises! The characters are beautifully developed and incredibly realistic. Kat finds herself alone on retreat to contemplate end of life decisions when she has children and two dogs suddenly dumped in her lap. So much for the quiet she needed! When…

Book Review: A Thousand Roads Home by Carmel Harrington

“Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.” In this heartwarming novel Carmel Harrington captures the essence of this featured line in a way that sticks with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Ruth calls herself an ‘aspie’ as she and her son make their way into emergency housing for the homeless. Tom is…