Eastward in Eden by Terence Faherty

Owen Keane wants to disappear. After witnessing a suicide for which he feels responsible, he can’t seem to shake the feeling of despair. But when he is told that an old acquaintance of his, Father Swickard, is in trouble, and Keane is the priest’s only hope, he travels to Nairobi to help. After all, what better place is there to disappear?

But Keane soon discovers that what he was told was “a matter of life and death” doesn’t seem to fit the bill- and all he finds in Kenya is the same prickly priest he knew back home, and a mysterious sword that seems to have disappeared into thin air. Continue reading “Eastward in Eden by Terence Faherty”

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Return To Me by Lynn Austin

With the Persian overthrow of Babylon, King Cyrus issues a decree allowing the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple.

Young Zechariah has reached a pivotal point in his life. On the cusp of adulthood, he must choose whether he will stay in Babylon with his parents or travel to Jerusalem with his grandparents and help rebuild the Jewish temple. On the eve of his Bar Mitzvah, he feels the overwhelming presence of God, and a calling that he must answer- return to Israel and train to become a priest. Continue reading “Return To Me by Lynn Austin”

A Perfect America by Peter Meredith

Phil Tarsus is an inquisitor- his job is to to get confessions from alleged criminals no matter the cost. He is used to inflicting pain and causing terror, and loves the power that comes along with his position. But while working on his latest case, something is different. Stephen, a self-confessed (albeit under duress of torture) gay, sparks a nagging question in Phil that refuses to go away. Sentenced to death by stoning, Stephen’s final words haunt Phil. Strange words about redemption and God and heaven. But Phil doesn’t believe these lies. He knows that God is just a lie made up by the neocons to enslave the masses. Isn’t it? Continue reading “A Perfect America by Peter Meredith”

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Beth has the perfect home life until the unthinkable shatters her world. Her husband admits to having an affair, and leaves her and her three children. Not knowing how to cope, she begins writing again, something she hasn’t done in years. She writes a story about a young boy with autism who cannot speak or make eye contact, but enjoys life through his own experiences and emotions. The inspiration is sudden, and unexpected, but Beth falls in love with the little boy and his unique perspective on life, and she knows she has to tell his story. Continue reading “Love Anthony by Lisa Genova”

A Month of Tomorrows by Chuck Walsh

      When busy writer Pete Swift is asked to record the life story of dying WWII veteran, Samuel Gable, he isn’t sure if he wants the job. But after meeting with Mr. Gable and hearing him begin to recount his tale, Pete feels compelled to take the offer. He throws himself into his work and can’t seem to pull himself away. Samuel Gable has only a month of tomorrows left to live, and Pete wants to make sure he gets the whole story before it’s too late. But at what expense? The long work hours drives a wedge into his marriage, and Pete stands to lose his family.

Meanwhile, during his long visits to the Gable home, Pete begins to feel an attraction to Samuel’s daughter, who remains by her father’s side to care for him in his final days, and sparks begin to fly. As the book comes to a climax, Pete realizes he’s made a terrible mistake, but is it too late? As Samuel Gable helps Pete reclaim his marriage, Pete has his own ideas of reconciling the Gable family. Continue reading “A Month of Tomorrows by Chuck Walsh”

Review of The Unfinished Garden by Barbara Claypole White

James Nealy is haunted by irrational fears and inescapable compulsions. A successful software developer, he’s thrown himself into a new goal; to finally conquer the noise in his mind. And he has a plan. He’ll confront his darkest fears and build something beautiful: a garden. When he meets Tilly Silverberg, he knows she holds the key; even if she doesn’t think so. Continue reading “Review of The Unfinished Garden by Barbara Claypole White”

Review of Infamy by Tom Milton

In a post-9/11 world, Fenly Aquino must act fast to stop another terrorist attack against New York City- and time is running out. Stationed in Madrid, he partners with Spanish Security team member Raquel Lopez to follow the trail of money in a laundering scheme they believe is being used to purchase weapons of mass destruction. But the perpetrators are elusive, using prostitution as a front for their operation. Will they catch the suspects in time to stop the attack? And can they handle the truth they uncover when everything is said and done? Continue reading “Review of Infamy by Tom Milton”