March Book Reading Madness

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The story of four generations of the Whitshanks, held together barely by the color blue. And I mean the book and the family. Tyler says this, her 20th novel, will be her final finished work. Well, for all things there is a season...and athough I admire her previous books, especially Breathing Lessons, this one is just so-so.

A Slight Change of Plan by Dee Ernst
Recently widowed, Kate Everett is healing and looking forward to a new house, a new job, and even dating. But a few of her kids move back home, and her job is zilch. On the bright side, her old college love re-appears and they take up where they left off. Of course life has a way of confusing the issue and Kate finds herself re-evaluating what she thought she wanted. A nice little easy-readin' book.

Do Not Forsake Me Andre Drapp by John W. Austin
This is Austin's first novel and I can't say much about it becasue I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Time is valuable -- it's actually all we really have, and if a book doesn't grab me and hold my interest -- well, I just move on to something that does.

On Life After Death by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
I wish I'd read this book before my Mother passed away, and I could have shared the stories with her during her final weeks. What joy that would have brought her. Ross draws on her research of more than 20,000 people who had near-death experiences, revealing the afterlife as a return to wholeness of spirit. Such comfort to the dying and such a compelling message of hope to the living to live life to the fullest.

Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.
Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but most scientists say that ND's are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people, until that is, the day his brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a deep coma and his doctors thought about stopping treatment. Alexander suddenly recovered which was a medical miracle -- but the experience he had while in a coma was even more so. Very good book.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
France 1939. Don't you love it already!!? The story of  two sisters who fight their WWII battles in different ways. Older sister Vianne is in the quiet village of Carriveau, while her husband is at the front; and she must play hostess to Nazi officials. Isabelle, on the other hand is reckless and joins the Resistance and risks her life to save the airmen who are shot down over France. Well-written historical fiction that keeps you guessing until the very end.

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