Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The After Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer

The novel starts off “Hi, my name is Hannah...and I’m a widow.” Hannah’s “grief team” includes a never-hit-the-big-time actress, a dog rescuing activist and a drag queen. 

The author is a real life wife of a successful movie producer and her language is sprinkled with “LA’isms.  There is a lot of social commentary and wry humour.

After her late husband John has been killed by a hit-and-run driver, Hannah discovers that her loss has given her the ability to speak to the dead. First, she hears from the elderly widow who previously occupied her home, and then it is John himself. It turns out the cops have screwed up their investigation so John and she must assist in solving the mystery.

The reviewer would rate this book a 7/10 on the ChicLit scale. The tone was entertaining and a bit steamy and they look forward to reading more by this author. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Answer to Everything by Elyse Friedman

The Answer to Everything is told from various points of view of a group involved in a scheme to set up an institution based on the charisma of a guru type personality who is attracting people by offering ‘the answer to everything’.

The reviewer found this book funny and smart. It was entertaining and open-hearted with a compassionate fondness for human foibles beneath the fun. It reminded the reviewer of Roddy Doyle, especially his early work like ‘The Commitments”.

Friday, November 18, 2016

When Memories Remain by Karen Emilson

Where Memories Remain is the continuing saga of David and Dennis Pischke who survived more than a decade of abuse at the hands of their violently unstable step-father. Within these pages lies the answer to the burning question of what happened to the twins after they left the isolated farm where they grew up and why at mid-life, they decided to speak publicly about their childhoods.

The heartfelt and often humorous story of two disadvantaged teenagers who matured into upstanding citizens and in their quest for redemption, fought against bitter memories and untrue allegations—even one for murder.

Karen Emilson will be in the Morden and Altona branches on November 22nd promoting her books. Come out and meet the author, contact your local branch for details!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Where Children Run by Karen Emilson

Where Children Run is the true story of twins David and Dennis Pischke and how they survived twelve years of abuse at the hands of their violent, unstable step-father. A disturbing, heart wrenching firsthand account from two men who survived a horrific childhood then went on to become hardworking, upstanding citizens.

Where Children Run opens with one of David’s earliest memories: the day their step-father, Boleslaw Domko, threw their infant sister against the wall. The twins recall years of neglect, starvation and enslavement on the farm west of Moosehorn, Manitoba; regular beatings and nights they sought refuge in a nearby church. Neighbours intervened but little could be done for the children since their mother—who also lived in fear—refused to press charges.

Where Children Run is a timeless, important book about the horrors of child abuse, one that is not easily forgotten and a true testament to the strength and adaptability of the human spirit.

Karen Emilson will be in the Morden and Altona branches on November 22nd promoting her books. Come out and meet the author, contact your local branch for details!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ivy Malone Mystery Series by Lorena McCourtney

Meet Ivy Malone, an inconspicuous older woman who has a mutant curiosity gene that often lands her in trouble; she’s not your average crime fighter. Unlike most women her age, she snoops and pries her gray-haired self into one hilarious escapade after another.

She doesn’t even mind that her age, petite figure, and possum-gray hair make her somewhat invisible.  Her low profile has proven to be extremely useful, especially when there’s a mystery afloat.   

As a senior citizen most of the time society pays you little attention; to most elderly people this is peaceful, but to some like Ivy Malone, it is a great advantage to get want she wants. 

The reviewer found this series delightful and charming, and assures us that you will have a lot of laughs if you read these books! There are four books in this Christian fiction mystery series: “Invisible,” In Plain Sight,” “On The Run,” and Stranded,” which you can borrow from your local branch.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

If you remember and loved the old Saturday night show “Chiller Thriller” then this is a story for you! South Central has this book on Playaway, which is the best way to hear it. Spooky, enthralling and captivating, it grabs you from the start and hangs on with its’ ghostly fingers. 

Sisters, Cora and Mimi are sent to stay in an isolated village with their eccentric Aunt, who has rules for everything, with no explanation as to why.  Within hours of their arrival they find out that not everything is as it seems, especially for the youngest sister, Mimi. Long Lankin, with his ghostly history, targets the youngest children in order to stay in the present and the struggle to keep her from his grasp escalates with the rise and fall of the tide waters.

Long Lankin is the first of two books by Lindsey Barraclough and waiting for the second book is like waiting for Saturday night to arrive to find out what happens next!  For spooky thriller fans, this is your next listen!

Head to your nearest branch to request this playaway!