June 5, 2009

Let the Summer Reading Begin

School's out (for some of you lucky folks, anyway)and it's time for some summer reading. That's cause for celebration (well, any reading is cause for celebration for me!) Here are a couple of books I've got on my summer list.

~Saints in Limbo by River Jordan. My friend Lisa's review piqued my interest. From the publisher:

Ever since her husband Joe died, Velma True’s world has been limited to what she can see while clinging to one of the multicolored threads tied to the porch railing of her home outside Echo, Florida.

When a mysterious stranger appears at her door on her birthday and presents Velma with a special gift, she is rattled by the object’s ability to take her into her memories–a place where Joe still lives, her son Rudy is still young, unaffected by the world’s hardness, and the beginning is closer than the end. As secrets old and new come to light, Velma wonders if it’s possible to be unmoored from the past’s deep roots and find a reason to hope again.

~Stealing Home by Allison Pittman. I just finished this book (the second I've read by Pittman). My review will be coming soon at 5 Minutes for Books, but I'll whet your appetite here:

It’s 1905 and the Chicago Cubs are banking on superstar Donald “Duke” Dennison’s golden arm to help them win the pennant. Only one thing stands between Duke and an unprecedented ten thousand dollar contract: alcohol.

That’s when sportswriter David Voyant whisks Duke to the one-horse town of Picksville , Missouri , so he can sober up in anonymity. He bides his time flirting with Ellie Jane Voyant, his unofficial chaperone, who would rather hide herself in the railway station ticket booth than face the echoes of childhood taunts.

Ned Clovis, the feed store clerk, has secretly loved Ellie Jane since childhood, but he loves baseball and the Duke almost as much–until he notices Ellie Jane may be succumbing to the star’s charm.

Then there’s Morris, a twelve-year-old Negro boy, whose only dream is to break away from Picksville. When Duke discovers his innate talent for throwing a baseball, Morris might just have found his way out.

Four individuals, each living in haunted isolation, each harboring a secret passion. Providence brings them together. Tragedy threatens to tear them apart. Will love be enough to bring them home?

~Sea Changes by Gail Graham. Jennifer reviewed it here, and is sweet enough to mail it to me.

~The House in Grosvenor Square by Linore Rose Burkard. It's the sequel to Before the Season Ends, a book I loved. You can win both over at the Summer Fun Giveaway at 5 Minutes for Books.

So...what are you reading?


Unknown said...

Are y'all still in school, too? Amanda goes really really long this year -- still has 3 weeks!

And I was just making a pile of books I need to take to the PO and Sea Changes was there. I think I'm going to go ahead and send you Daisy Chain too so that you can review it on the site.

Lisa Spence said...

Look at Jennifer, taking care of business even in comments! :-)

Let's see, what I'm reading NOW...well, I'm re-reading Harry Potter #6 in anticipation of the movie's release next month (can't wait!) and a book Elyse Fitzpatrick, "Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone"--neither of which are in my TBR&R pile (don't tell Jennifer...)