This book by Ann B. Ross is the first in a long series about a Southern woman described as the “steeliest of magnolias.” When her husband departed this world, he left Miss Julia two legacies. The first was expected: his quite sizable estate. The second was not only astonishing but scandalous: a nine-year-old illegitimate son […]


My sister recommended the book Where the Crawdad’s Sings by Delia Owens. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a sleepy town on the North Carolina coast. Kya is sensitive and intelligent, and she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home. It is a coming-of-age story and […]


This book by Marie Benedict follows the life and career of Mileva Maric, who became Mrs. Albert Einstein. A Serbian girl whose father encourages her education, partly because she was born with a limp, and the family believes no one will marry her.         She is accepted at the University of Zurich. She is the […]


In the May 2019 issue, I mentioned I liked the author Catherine Ryan Hyde. Her main characters are usually strong women. Editor Frances asked for specific titles I liked. I keep a notebook of titles I have read and looked through it with the following results:         I loved these: Allie and Bea; Take Me […]


This past winter a neighbor loaned me Two Old Women by Velma Wallis. It’s a short book and good story. It is based on an Indian legend passed along for many generations in Alaska. It is a suspenseful, shocking and ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a winter famine. […]


I finished Great Alone a while ago.  Just loved that book.  It deals with severe alcoholism in the family and the difficulties of living in Alaska. It also touches on the bonding of the people who live there.  The story had a surprising ending that one could not guess.   The author’s emotionally charged words made […]

Each day

Each day can start a new year. James (Apr.’19) continues, “Self-improvement need not wait.”


Recently, Editor Frances told me the books she was reading before bedtime. They were all set in the Oregon and Dakota territories. I made the following list of books for her, also set in those times. (Perhaps you would enjoy them, too!) Following are titles of Jane Kirkpatrick’s “Change and Cherish” series: A Clearing in […]


Published in 2017, Before We Were Yours is a book by Lisa Wingate based on a true story of abuse. Inspired by a true story, this novel tells the tale of two families, generations apart, that are forever changed by events in an orphanage, the Tennessee Children’s Home Society from the 1920’s through 1950’s. It’s […]

new memories

Each day can bring forth new memories. James (Mar.’19) ads, “Old letters and photos may trigger sentimentality.”