Book club

Dear Readers,

With the interest because of the movie Dunkirk, I thought it would be a great time to read Tracy Groot’s Maggie Bright.  It is a story of Dunkirk and gives a very interesting perspective on both the military and civilian perspectives.

There are certain stories that you hear about that make you proud to be a human.  This is one of those stories.  I am looking forward to digging farther into this part of history with you.

Haapy Reading,

Richard Mabry

Dear Readers,

I have put off reading Richard Mabry books for a bit to long.  I really enjoyed reading Medical Judgment by Richard.  First let me say, if you are looking for a book with a heavy medical theme, this only has a bit with the main character being an ER nurse, but still worth the read.

Sarah is still reeling from the loss of her husband and two year old daughter.  She is trying to find her way in her new normal and it hasn’t been easy.  Now it seems someone has a vendetta against her and her own life is in danger.


This was what I would have considered a lighter read.  Now I am not saying that stalking is a light topic, in fact it would be terrifying, but in that it is an quick read.  One that I was able to knock out over a weekend.

I also have to say that I didn’t figure out the stalker until Richard revealed him/her at the end of the book.  In my defense, :-), I am not sure he gave us enough clues.  Well at least ones I was picking up on.  Let me know if you find out other wise. 🙂

Richard’s books are wonderful reads, that will keep you engaged.  He writes characters that have flaws and he does use misdirection, (I didn’t fall for it in this case 😉 and you will find yourself cheering on the underdog.

Happy Reading,


New Release

Unquiet Ghost – Glenn Meade

Eight years ago, her husband and children were killed in a plane crash. Now, new evidence reveals that they didn’t die her husband deliberately vanished and that he knows a secret the powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep hidden.
Kathy Kelly s world was shattered when a plane carrying her husband an Iraq War veteran and devoted father and her two children vanished from the sky one night. No trace of the plane was ever found.
Eight years later, Kathy has struggled to rebuild her life, but then wreckage of his plane is found in the wilderness of the Great Smoky Mountain Nation Park, hundreds of miles from where the plane should have been.  The pilot perished in the crash, but there is no sign of Jack or the children.  Could they have made it out alive after all?  But if so, where have they been all this time?  Where are they now?

As Kathy searches for any clue about what happened to her family, the investigation uncovers some unsettling clues including a briefcase containing millions of dollars in cash, a priceless mask stolen from an Iraqi museum, and a clue that links Jack’s disappearance with the suspicious death of Kathy s mother years ago.

But she soon learns that others have been looking for the wreckage and its occupants for a long time. Others who are determined to make sure she never finds her family and that they remain dead. Shadowy, powerful people who will kill for what was on board a secret her husband was the keeper of. A secret so powerful it will open a Pandora’s box of bloody revenge one that reaches back into the past and into the highest echelons of wealth and power, all the way to the White House.

New Releases – August 7 – 13

Dear Readers,

I have a dilemma, I have just finished a book I could hardly lay down.  I wanted to call in sick to work just to keep reading.  But now what?  How do you pick your next book?  You have them all in order and just keep working down the list or do you just pick up what feels like what you want to read next?

Happy Reading,

The Return – Suzanne Woods Fisher – #3 An Amish Beginnings Novel -Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family’s rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans, but then she never had to. Not until the night when she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. During her captivity, Betsy faces brutality and hardship, but also unexpected kindness. She draws strength from native Caleb, who encourages her to find God in all circumstances. She finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the intense new feelings this compelling man awakens within her.

The Two of Us – Victoria Bylin – After two broken engagements, nurse practitioner Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she only trusts herself and God, and she’s focused on her eighteen-year-old sister, Lucy, and caring for patients. Just as she applies to work for an international aid organization, a phone call from Lucy, who’s pregnant and running off to marry her twenty-one-year-old boyfriend, throws a wrench into all of Mia’s plans.  Jake Tanner may have recovered from the physical injuries he sustained on the job as a police officer, but his heart has yet to heal from losing his former partner in the tragedy. He’s poured himself into starting a camp for the sons of fallen officers and mentoring Sam, the adult son of his deceased partner, who’s asked him to be his best man at his wedding.

Chasing Secrets – Lynette Eason – #4 Elite Guardians – Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she’s made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her–and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he’s not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

The Assault -Myers/Peretti/Hunt/Gansky – Cycle 2 Harbingers – In Bill Myers’s “The Revealing,” the team finds themselves in Rome trying to retrieve the mystical spear Hitler once owned–the very spear that pierced Christ’s side. This task will take them from hidden chambers inside the Vatican to a mysterious seaside cave with powers they could never expect.  Frank Peretti’s “Infestation” unleashes a microscopic evil on the world that deceives, blinds, kills, then spreads. The Harbingers team must confront a monster bent on seducing and destroying mankind.  In “Infiltration” by Angela Hunt, the team is wounded and barely holding together. Forced to split up, they realize their investigations have led them into dangerous waters.  Alton Gansky’s “The Fog” unleashes a supernatural mist unlike any other. There are vicious things in the fog that kill whatever they find. One team member realizes that the ultimate sacrifice may have to be made.

The Promise of Dawn – Lauraine Snelling – #1 Under Northern Skies – When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.  Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn’t an easy life, it wasn’t as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?



Dear Readers,

Along the Seine River in Paris are these wonderful bookstores.  You can rent one and then sell books from them.  They are filled with beautiful old books.  This one pictured here is full of old magazines and pictures.  I couldn’t get a good picture of the one I wanted, it was full of old children’s books.  I only saw it opened once while I was on the bus, and I never did find it back.  Rats.

I did browse a few other ones that were filled with old fiction books, mostly in French, so I didn’t buy anything.  But as I was looking I keep thinking what a wonderful place to be.  On the shores of a river in a ‘bookstore.’  Everyone should have a chance to visit a place like this.  One so magical and perfect.

Happy Reading,

Book Club Questions

Dear Readers,

Between The Hiding Place and the Johanna and Henriette story, I have been well steeped in Dutch history.  Wonderful and important stories to read and learn about.  But it got me to thinking about traditions in families.

I was asked about different things from my family by a friend a few weeks ago. They are writing a book that includes a dutch person.  So my family and I have been talking, and laughing of course, about different things we remember.  Different sayings, funny things that when you share them others look at you like your family is crazy, (which we get a lot anyways), and heart warming memories.

What are some of your favorite memories, tradition or funny stories you still share in  your family?  One of my favorite is that the night, usually Christmas eve, when we would open presents at our house, we would make pizza.  Not because it was easy, but as my mom confessed years later, but because it was the one thing she could get us to eat.

A word I remember and when I say it not in the dutch community of West Michigan always gets me funny looks.  It means tired or exhausted.  I have no idea how to spell it and I am pretty sure it is a made up word.  Moe is the Dutch word for tires and Doodmoe is dead tired.  So not sure where this word come from, but here is my best way to show what it is.  The phonic spelling is Ben -out.  Like; “I am completely benout.”  Anyone have any idea how to actually spell that or even where the word come from?  My Grandparents used it all the time.

Aren’t these fun?  I love talking and visiting about things like this with folks.

Happy Reading,