Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Reading Ahead: November 2013, part 1

We're coming into the season of the "feel-good" book.  Full of sentiment, gentle reminders and miracles, these books tug at the heart-strings and make a reader stop and think and be thankful.  If you're looking for something to help you slow down as the season revs up, one of these might be just what you need.

Someone Else’s Love Story, by Joshilyn Jackson.  Shandi Pierce has more than enough going on in her life already, she has no time for love.  She is finishing college, raising her three-year-old son on her own, and playing referee between her long-divorced parents.  Then she's caught in a stick-up and a man steps between the robber and her son.  How can she help but fall in love with him?  Little does she know, her hero has a laundry list of complications of his own.  Critics are calling it inspiring, charming, poignant and vividly drawn.  I'm calling it a natural choice, especially for book clubs.

The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom.  Albom first made a splash with readers with Tuesdays with Morrie.  His books have continued to be bestsellers, and this one should be no different.  A small town in Michigan receives international attention when its residents begin to get phone calls from the afterlife.  Is this a miracle?  Or a hoax?  A moving page-turner, guaranteed to be a hit.

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