Author Archive: Kristie

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, by Debbie Macomber

“Clean escapist romance.” That would be the best description of Debbie Macomber’s genre. Escapist lit is not necessarily a bad thing, but it certainly doesn’t challenge the reader. It’s familiar, comfortable, and predictable. I experienced A Girl’s Guide to Moving On as an audio-book checked out from our local online library. Over a period of …

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The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom

“There is a reason God limits our days.” “Why?” “To make each one precious.” Once upon a time there was no time. At least, the concept of time was unknown to mankind until a man named Dor began trying to measure it. In doing so, he changed the world. The question is, was it changed …

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Comfort and Joy, by Kristin Hannah

In Kristin Hannah’s novel, Comfort and Joy, high school librarian Joy Candelaro is a realist, but still a dreamer. Her beloved job is real. So is the fact that her ex-husband, Thom, and her sister, Stacey, are now a couple. It is one thing to choose to change your life, but it is something else entirely …

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Happy Scoops, by Katie Coughran

In Happy Scoops, we are introduced to Chryssa Parker. Chryssa is the girl you love to hate. She’s privileged, beautiful and smart. She leads the school as both student body president and captain of the cheerleading squad. Despite attending Intellectual Elite High School, she still rises to the top in everything she does, including making …

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The Union Street Bakery, by Mary Ellen Taylor

Abandonment issues can create a lot of confusion and conflict in a person’s life. They are often experienced by adopted children or children of divorced parents. They can continue long into adulthood. In Daisy McCrae’s situation, her abandonment issues go even deeper than most because she can actually recall the day it happened. She was …

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Good Sam, by Dete Meserve

Good Sam, by Dete Meserve, is a book that has been patiently sitting in my Kindle Cloud for months. It has positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and, as a reader who does not like wasting my time on a book that shows little promise, I decided to give it a try. “Good Sam,” stands …

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Caleb’s Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks

Once again, I had spoken too freely. I seemed too dense witted to learn the simple lesson: silence was a woman’s sole safe harbor. These are the profound words of Bethia Mayfield, the voice in Caleb’s Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks. Profound, because they sum up the expectation imposed upon Puritan women in the 1600’s. Be …

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The Beginner’s Goodbye, by Anne Tyler

I may be different from other people, but I’m no unluckier. I believe that.  Or I’m unluckier but no unhappier. That is probably closer to the truth. Sometimes I think I am unluckier than other people but much, much happier. Being crippled on one side of his body is not the most unique thing about …

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Love Finds You in Martha’s Vineyard, by Melody Carlson

Anyone who has loved and lost and loved again will appreciate that second chances are rare and welcome. Whether or not first loves ended in death or divorce, that second chance gives you an opportunity to learn from past mistakes. I never thought I would be reading books in the Christian Romance genre, but Melody …

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All Things Bright And Beautiful, by James Herriot

I love books that I can put down for a while and then pick up again without guilt. James Herriot’s first book in his memoir series as a country vet in England is one such book. Each chapter is like a small short story in itself, chronicling his early years as a new veterinarian in …

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