For my flight back to Massachusetts for Christmas, I took two books - one a "real" book, one on my Kindle. Finished both of them and began another today - which I love, by the way.
1) Home to You by Muriel Jensen was a thin book, started before I got on the plane. It was only 3.5 stars because it's a story that apparently needs to be read continuously and I wasn't able to do that. Break it up and that took away from the story a lot. (Taken from the back cover) Overachiever Karen tillman had temporarily returned to Bramble Bay to mend a broken heart. And though her dreams had shattered, one look at her old high school crush, Charlie Scott, and she realized a new dream was possible. A single dad with a precocious six-year-old and a thriving business Charlie thought his life complete. but Karen's vulnerable beauty spoke to his senses, awakening his own desires for the right woman. Bramble Bay welcomed Karen home with open arms, as did Charlie. With the whole town rooting for them, were wedding bells right around the corner?
2) The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg. This was a fictional story of Mary and Joseph from the time they first met, through the birth of Jesus, up to Joseph's death. It's a difficult story to write given all the religious connections, but the author did a marvelous job, in my opinion, using lots of what we've learned of the times and embellishing it with her own ideas. I rated it 4 stars, Berg isn't an author I've dealt with (I don't believe) but others on Shelfari felt they were disappointed in her with this book - I really enjoyed it. It was realistically done, a poignant reminder that Joseph wasn't always in on what was going on! The love he felt for Mary was often challenged by what occurred - but it was great to have that love in this story.
And on my Kindle, I'm really engrossed in The Cowboy Takes a Bride by Lori Wilde (great), then I'll read A Cowboy for Christmas by that same author (for my 12 x 12). They are both from the trilogy of Jubilee, Texas - and I'll probably buy the third book, if the stories continue to be as good. I started out buy only wanting the Christmas one, found that it was #3 in the series, and that Book 1 was only 99 cents, so I bought both. Since the 99 cent one is as good as it is, I think I've decided that I'll get Book 2 as well.
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