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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

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The Dovekeepers is a wonderful novel by Alice Hoffman. Having been to Masada in Israel and seeing the dovecotes first hand reading this tale of fact and fiction was wonderful.  Hoffman’s book tells the story of four women that came to Masada and work in the dovecotes. This books tells of life in about 70 A.D. when nine hundred Jews held out for months on Masada against the Roman army. There are many interesting historical facts interspersed in an easy to read story that engages the reader in the time period. I loved how she describes the area and the culture of the day. This is a must read if you are interested in what I call historical fiction, real facts and history of an era told through fictional characters. It is a wonderful telling of some of the history of Israel.  Hoffman also helps the reader understand the interrelationship between the doves and the people of Masada, this bodes to the interconnected relationship of humans and animals. I really enjoyed this book.

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Take a Seat by Dominic Gill

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Take a Seat by Dominic Gill is a fascinating autobiographical story about biking from Alaska to Argentina on a tandem bike. I am an avid bike rider but more to the 10 to 25 miles at a time (not the 20,000 mile journey. Gill decided to use a tandem bike as a way to meet people along the journey. Dominic is an excellent writer and you can live this adventure vicariously by reading his book – I did! At times I felt like I was a stoker riding on the back of his tandem. He tells of the interesting people he meets along the way as well as the hardships he endured. I found this a fascinating read as well as an inspiring adventure book! Enjoy!

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Hope Amid Hardship – by Linda S. Johnston

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Hope Amid Hardship, Pioneer Voices From Kansas Territory by Linda S. Johnston is written and illustrated by Linda. Remember when you were a child and you looked for a book and one of the considerations was the pictures. This book is a lovely reminder of those times for adults. The wonderful watercolor drawings are absolutely beautiful and well worth buying the book to enjoy the paintings and drawings alone. This book will be treasured by those who have lived in Kansas and enjoyed by those who like living history. This book is a collection of diary entries interspersed with letters that describe the hardship and celebrations of the pioneers of Kansas. Many of these stories would ring true for early settlers of any state. It gives the reader a look into the private thoughts of those that lived and loved in Kansas in the 1800’s. It is a joy to recommend this book! Enjoy and leave a comment on your thoughts on the book!

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Unbroken – by Laura Hillenbrand

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Loved it! Laura Hillenbrand is a masterful story teller and has an amazing ability to make you feel like you are right in the middle of the story. She tells the mesmerizing story of Louis Zamperini who wanted to run in the Olympics and instead was in WWII. This is a masterpiece that will captivate you from the beginning and hold you attention through the end of the book and beyond. I find myself thinking of the soldiers that protect us everyday in new ways since reading this wonderful book. I confess I am not one who generally reads “war stories” but I truly loved this one! It is so much more than a war story it is a story of life lessons.

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Wasps in the Bedroom, Butter in the Well: Growing Up During the Great Depression by June Kilpatrick

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Wasps in the Bedroom, Butter in the Well: Growing Up During the Great Depression, by June Kilpatrick is a wonderful read. This book is about life in the Depression. June shares life experiences and has a wonderful ability to tell the story of life in that time.

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Memory Lake by Nancy Kyme

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     Memory Lake, by Nancy Kyme is a wonderful memoir about summer camp. Nancy attended summer camp many times and her book reflects that expertise on the subject. I, Jan, have worked at several summer camps for many summers and reading Nancy’s book takes me right back to many memories common to those who have attended or worked at summer camp.

 

Memory Lake, by Nancy Kyme is a 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award winner, Inspirational Category

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Parallel by Claudia Lefeve

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Parallel by Claudia Lefeve.  Great read, I will be getting the next book, Paradox, in the Travelers series!  A unique plot that makes for a real page turner – although would love to see it as a movie as well!

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Living in the Neighborhood by Aaron Smith

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Aaron Smith is a Missionary in the Philippines, he is in part sponsored by my church.  He wrote this awesome book about life as an Incarcerational Minister to the Urban Poor.  I recently read it and I highly recommend it.  It is on Amazon!  “Living in the Neighborhood” by T. Aaron Smith.

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Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet EvilJust finished a great book by a friend from church.  Great read for your imagination – fallen angels, forbidden love, full of exciting twists and turns!  Anna, the good girl next door, meets Kaidan, the boy your daddy told you to stay away from.  Oh the lure of sin and those from the heavens and hell that influence our nature!  A great read!

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The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

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The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson was a wonderful novel that has been awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. From the first word on the book jacket I was engrossed I this amazing novel. It gives a glimpse into life in North Korea. There are plot twist ad turns that I refuse to in anyway spoil for the reader. I am not generally a fan of historical works, so the idea of a novel that allows you to peek into a closed country intrigued me. I hope you will consider this wonderful woven suspenseful novel that has some harsh truths and lessons. It has a flavor for those that like various genres. It has some military, tales from the sea, every day life in North Korea, and a little love story of sorts. I really can not classify this book as any specific genre but it is certainly imaginative and gives one pause to imagine life in other countries. It is truly a fascinating and remarkable read. Enjoy!

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