jillstone

Reviews
More
Nightlight: A Parody

by

If you're horrified by the popularity of the poorly written Twilight series, this book is for you! It's written in the "style" if you can call it that, of Twilight's author. Edwart and the self-absorbed Belle will make you laugh out loud. The over the top "charmingly clumsy" Belle is outright dangerous.Skip the Twilight series and read this entertaining parody -- you won't have to bother with Team Jacob or Team "Edwart" and you'll be better off!
Home to Woefield: A Novel

by

Sweet and funny tale that follows Pru, a New Yorker who. Upon learning that her uncle has left her a farm, believes that her dreams of a small, self-sustaining farm have come true. When she sets eyes on the neglected farm, complete with ramshackle buildings, a recently burned barn and acreage that can just about sustain a limited amount of weeds, her natural optimism sees only possibilties.Pru is not alone on the farm, her livestock consists of a lone sheep that has been only half-sheared. It was her late uncle's belief that sheep prefered their "haircuts" to be completed in stages. Together with the depressed sheep, Pru discovers gathers several neighborhood misfits, each with wounds and secrets that define them.Living on the property is Earl, the 70-something foreman who is astonished by Pru's optimistic dreams for the place. Earl is burdened by secrets. Across the street is Seth, who seems to watch everything that goes on at the farm. He write a celebrity blog while he remains safely within his parents' home. His drinking helps him to forget the high school drama teacher and the scandal that still haunts him. The youngest is the organized and driven Sara, an 11 year old who needs both a home for her prize winning chickens, and an escape from her parents. The story is told from the point of view of each member of this eccentric group. As they band together to face the challenge of making the farm work, the unlikely group of friends becomes a family. Learning to appreciate what makes each of them special and, more importantly they are able to accept the deeply held secrets that had damaged each of them.This book is funny and heartwarming. Like Pru, you will grow to love this little family.
One Was a Soldier: A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery

by

This latest in a terrific series is the best yet. Claire is back from a tour in Afghanastan and joins a support group. One of the members is found dead and the group cannot accept that the case is suicide, they are convinced it's murder and decide to ask some questions. Russ is dealing with Clare's refusal to accept his calling the case a suicide, a possible connection to an Army CID case, along with problems in his small police force.There are changes in store for many of our fave characters in this latest outing. It's a terrific story with all kinds of twists and sets the stage for us to stay engaged with this wonderful series for years to come.
A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life

by

This incredible book follows the writer as he becomes involved in founding a dog sanctuary. But this is no typical dog story. Instead this is a well-researched book that is filled with the writer's search for answers to his questions about dogs and life.The astonishing web he weaves stretches through multiple discliplines from deep time to animal activism; from biological altruism to philosophy; from morality to evolution; from bio-ethics to play behavior; from grief to puppy mills; from wolves to shamanism; from mirror neurons to the "God Gene." This book will carry you away will suggesting delightful, thoughtful answers to questions every dog lover has pondered.Masterful and absorbing, the author shares life among his pack on Rancho de Chihuahua. A terrific read!
Fallen: (Will Trent / Atlanta series 5)

by

Another winner from Slaughter. Her series continues with this latest entry which is an absolute page turner. If you've enjoyed any of her previous books, pick up Fallen right away. Well written characters that you can't help but care about and a wonderful plot. If you enjoy thrillers this won't disappoint. No need to read the previous books, but after you finish this one you will want to read them all. (kindle edition)
A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

by

A must-read for dog lovers. This novel is told from the point of view of the dog, Bailey and it feels so true. Bailey lives several lives, always wondering just what the purpose of his life is. He remembers his past lives and is surprised to find himself in the body of a puppy yet again. This story will make you laugh and cry as you follow the intrepid narrator through his various lives and adventures. I really enjoyed Bailey's musings on relationships with humans and other animals. His search for purpose will ring true to everyone who has wondered what their own purpose is, or on the other hand, just what their dog is thinking. This is a heartwarming, heartbreaking, funny book that everyone who has ever loved a dog and been loved in return, will adore.
Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family

by

Great story of how Katie the darling Cocker Spaniel leads her owner down the hall to to discover and appreciate the families down the hall: a retired couple and a single father and son. Brought together by their love of Katie, the five of them become a wonderfully close family. Through the years they support each other through good times and harder times, Katie at the front of her pack. This true story of strangers that become a family begins with their love for a wonderful dog is well written and heartwarming. You will laugh and cry -- keep a box of tissues handy!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls

by

Book #4 in the Koontz Frankenstein series and the best one yet. This one is the first to come out in hardcover and it ended way too soon and with nothing resolved. Leading me to look up the date of the next one! This is a fantastic re-imagining of the classic story which starts out for our police officer partners in modern day New Orleans. The first 3 books culminated in what appeared to be the end of the series. But no -- it continues and has been improved upon. The trademark Koontz mixture of humor with the other worldly lends itself to this story in a way no one else can.I'm breathlessly awaiting the next installment!
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

by

Like all previous works by Mary Roach this book is amazing, full of fun(ny) facts and answers to questions you hadn't even known you wondered about. But you DO want to know about zero gravity toilets don't you? Funny, interesting and witty. If you haven't read her previous books, buy them now, Mary Roach makes science fun and fascinating.
Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle

by

This is a heartbreaking and uplifting story of a family devastated by a paralyzing injury to the oldest son, Ned as told by his mother. The incredible amount of work involved in caring for Ned at home comes as a shock to both reader and writer. They consider a helper animal. Ned is not interested in a dog, they already have 2, and his mother remembers hearing something about service monkeys. Enter Kasey! An incredible gift to Ned as she helps him in ways both expected and unexpected. Kasey is more than a service animal to Ned. An excellent read about a real family struggling to adjust to the challenges Ned's accident bring to all of their lives.
scribd