The Marsh King’s Daughter

Book 58 in 2019.

“The Marsh King’s Daughter” by, Karen Dionne.

I am not really a fan of Halloween. I don’t like scary creepy stuff. I let my kids dress up for the candy. But we don’t make a big to do about it. This week however, I got a little swept up in a “creepy” theme and read a psychological thriller.

This story was so, so good. Don’t get me wrong it was intense. I almost didn’t read it, because I thought it might be more “true crime”, but it didn’t get into graphic details. I don’t usually read anything that has bad things that happen to children. Yuck.

Helena Pelletier’s parents were not in a loving relationship. Her father kidnapped her mother when she was fourteen and Helena came two years later. She was raised secluded, in a cabin deep in the marshes of the Michigan Upper Peninsula. She is now an adult, married with two children trying to escape her past. When a news report comes out that her father has escaped prison, she knows he is coming for her and she is the only one who can stop him.

I am not always up for a story like this, but I will definitely check out some more of Karen Dionne’s books. Overall afterthought, could not put it down.

Approaching Jehovah’s Witnesses in Love

Book 57 in 2019.

“Approaching Jehovah’s Witnesses in Love” by, Wilbur Lingle.

A couple weeks ago I had a Jehovah’s Witness come to my door. I have been reading Bob Goff’s “Everybody Always” again, with the companion bible study. It has really been challenging me to talk to people I normally would not have on my radar. So I went outside and met them, they didn’t even have to knock on my door! Ha.

(Insert Bob Goff laugh)

Our conversation was short and simple. They shared a bible verse with me then left. They asked if they could come back and talk some more, so I said absolutely.

I really don’t know much about the Jehovah’s Witness. So I did what I do best, I went to the library.

So with every nonfiction “how to” book, I have to “chew the meat, and spit out the bones”. Meaning, there are some things I can walk away with, and some that are just a bit much for me. This was very informative in what the JW’s believe. So in that sense I learned a lot. It was not my favorite read. But I wasn’t looking for entertainment. Overall afterthought, I may look for another book for more information.

Backseat Saints

Book 56 in 2019.

“Backseat Saints” by, Joshilyn Jackson.

I love Joshilyn Jackson. Her stories are unique. They are intense but usually have a happy ending. A lot of drama with a lot of southern sass. I knew this would be no where near light and fluffy.

Rose Mae Lolly grew up in a motherless, abusive home, which led her into an abusive marriage. Fearing her husband will kill her, she tries to kill him first. Her grand plan fails leaving her looking for a new way to escape.

This particular story was dark. I felt like it was the darkest one of hers I have read. Lots of language, and violence. Which I understand is a real part of people’s lives. I just was not prepared for ALL of the details. I will still pick up another book of Joshilyn Jackson’s , I have not given up on her! She is still my girl. If you are looking for a heavy story, here you go. Overall afterthought not for the faint of heart.

The Girl With Seven Names

Book 55 in 2019.

“The Girl with Seven Names” by Hyeonseo Lee with David John.

This is the third book about North Korea I have read. It is such mind blowing stuff, it is really hard for my “democracy” brain to process. If you are looking for other good books, these are the other two.

All three tell very different stories of the same ugly regime. There of course are many books out there on the atrocities the North Korean people have to live with.

“The Girl with Seven Names” tells of Hyeoseo Lee’s long journey to freedom. Then her even more unbelievable journey of helping her mom and brother escape. I am not going to lie, there is some tough stuff in her story. It is a brilliant, triumphant story of perseverance and strength. Overall afterthought, intense.

A Change of Heart

Book 54 in 2019.

“A Change of Heart” by Sonali Dev.

I am loving Sonali Dev! Her stories are so captivating. I will say I felt like this one had a lot more foul language. One of the main characters was a rough police investigator fighting gang lords. So I guess that would call for foulness? Ha.

This is the third book of hers I have read. They all seem to have a lot of jumping around between present and past for multiple characters. I had no problem following along.

Kimi and Rahul grew up together but come from completely different worlds. Kimi from the privileged upper class, sick , and needing a heart transplant. Rahul from the lower class working at Kimi’s house formed a friendship with the sickly mistress. Now grown, Rahul an investigator battling underworld bad guys, and Kimi being threatened, their friendship is tested.

High drama alert of the best kind! I did not want to put this down. Overall afterthought, another great story.

The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go.

Book 53 in 2019.

“The Optimist’S Guide to Letting Go” by, Amy Reichert

This is the third book of Amy Reichert’s that I have read. And by far, the saddest. I should of known, I actually read the synopsis. I can only blame myself. If you are looking for a sad story, I got one for you.

We have two generations of women wading their way through widowhood. Each making choices and hard decisions that have long lasting effects on the next generation. Loss, hardship, difficult mother daughter relationships, strained families under the weight of it all. Heavy stuff.

Ugh. Was not really looking for a good cry. But I wanted to know what happened. Dang “need for closure” wins again. Just a sad story. Overall afterthought, get the tissues.

The Bollywood Bride

Book 52 in 2019.

“The Bollywood Bride” by, Sonali Dev.

I have just discovered Sonali Dev. I really like her stories! This is only the second book of hers I have read. I will definitely read another. This one however, was a bit “racy”. Just a little more information than I care to know. Ha. I just skip a few pages here and there.

Ria Parkar is a famous Bollywood actress who is know for being an “ice princess”. Her cold and calculated movements in the Bollywood world have people in awe of her every action. When she must go to Chicago for her cousins wedding, she will have to face her past that turned her into the ice princess.

This was a fast paced, whirlwind of emotions! I wanted to hate and love characters all at the same time. I just want everyone to tell each other how they really feel. Ha! How much heartache they could of saved themselves from. Sigh… However, I am really enjoying Sonali Dev’s style. Overall afterthought, good stuff.