Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Our Favorite Reads For August

Gerard's Favorite:

One Dog at a Time--Saving the Strays of Afghanistan by Pen Farthing

One Dog At A Time by Pen Farthing is about a true hero.  This is an outstanding true story of Pen Farthing, a royal marine serving in Afghanistan.  One day he came upon a stray dog and just knew he had to do something to help that dog.  I really enjoyed this book A LOT.  This is a page turner that I did not want to put down.  I got into it quick and stayed to the end.

Mr. Farthing, I thank you for your service and God bless you and your wife for the great things you are doing for these dogs.  Thanks for sharing your wonderful story with us--you are a true hero! (6+ stars)

Karen's Favorite:

Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark

WOW! Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark is full of suspense and true-to-life characters. It’s a murder mystery because although the husband, Greg Aldrich, is on trial for killing his wife, Natalie, he claims he didn’t do it. It is a high profile case that is discussed every evening on the show, “Courtside” which is hosted by Greg’s best friend.

Emily, the prosecuting attorney, goes after a conviction even though she has some doubt about the defendant’s guilt. She has a soft spot for him when she sees his mother-in-law and his daughter and discovers there may be some tampering of the evidence in her case. As if that’s not enough, Emily is in danger herself when a serial killer moves in next door to her and stalks her. Emily’s husband was killed in Iraq and she never remarried so lives alone with her dog, Bess. I found parts even humorous when the serial killer loved to watch the show, “Fugitive Hunt” to see if he was featured.

I loved how Emily discovers the truth and the surprise twist at the end, although the ending seemed very abrupt. There is so much more I’d like to say, but don’t want to ruin it for you. Most of the book focuses on the trial and is not gory. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and murder mysteries.

Other books we read this month with review on our book blog were:

Little Girl Blue--The Life Of Karen Carpenter by Randy L. Schmidt
Season of Life--A Football Star, A Boy, A Journey to Manhood by Jeffrey Marx
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran
Broken by Karin Slaughter
Pray For Silence by Linda Castillo
The Endearment by Lavyrle Spencer
Obsessive Obsession by Toye Brown
Two Little Girls In Blue by Mary Higgins Clark
One Simple Act--Discovering The Power of Generosity by Debbie Macomber
Cat People by Michael and Margaret Korda
Theodore Boone--Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
You Can Do It by Tony Dungy
Cat Diaries by Betsy Byars/Betsy Duffy
Spunky's Diary by Janette Oke

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BeadedTail said...

Those books sound really good! One Dog at a Timem sounds very heart warming and one that would have me bawling all the way through it (I'm a wuss when it comes to animals). And Just Take My Heart sounds very riveting!

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