Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Finds - 15-06-2012

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! :D

As my To Be Read list continues to grow some more books I have added to my list this week include...

The Midwife's Confession - Diane Chamberlain

"Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I'm so sorry..."The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle's suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle--her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family--described a woman who "embraced" life.Yet there was so much they "didn't" know.With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle's friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives--and the life of a desperate stranger--with love and betrayal, compassion and deceit.

Chasing Fireflies - Charles Martin

They have one summer to find what was lost long ago."Never settle for less than the truth," she told him. But when you don't even know your real name, the truth gets a little complicated. It can nestle so close to home it's hard to see. It can even flourish inside a lie. And as Chase Walker discovered, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive--and as magical--as chasing fireflies on a summer night. A haunting story about fishing, baseball, home cooking, and other matters of life and death.

The Beach Trees - Karen White

From the time she was twelve, Julie Holt knew what a random tragedy can do to a family. At that tender age, her little sister disappeared-never to be found. It was a loss that slowly eroded the family bonds she once relied on. As an adult with a prestigious job in the arts, Julie meets a struggling artist who reminds her so much of her sister, she can't help feeling protective. It is a friendship that begins a long and painful process of healing for Julie, leading her to a house on the Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricane Katrina, and to stories of family that take her deep into the past. 

The God Box - Mary Lou Quinlan

This is the transformational story of one woman's care and compassion. When Mary Lou Quinlan's beloved mother, Mary Finlayson, dies, her family is bereft - until Mary Lou finds her mother's "God Box", or rather, boxes. These simple containers are stuffed with tiny notes written by Mary, praying for everything from the right flooring for her daughter's new home to a cure for her own blood cancer. Mary's petitions for friends, family, and even strangers are presented with love and without expectation - the ultimate expressions of letting go. Note by note, Mary Lou unearths insights into her mother's compassion, faith, and perseverance. And through the journey, she discovers her own more empathetic, more engaged self - the woman her mother had believed in all along. Ideal as a gift book: Poignantly written and beautifully designed, "The God Box" is a gift for every mother, every daughter, every human being who, regardless of faith, trusts in the permanence of love and the power of family. Author is a renowned expert on women's issues: Mary Lou Quinlan is the author of three books and multiple features in women's magazines and other media. She is developing "The God Box" concept as a play, a mobile application, and an online.

The Bungalow - Sarah Jio

A sweeping World War II saga of thwarted love, murder, and a long-lost painting.

In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiancé, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world-until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war.

A timeless story of enduring passion, The Bungalow chronicles Anne's determination to discover the truth about the twin losses-of life, and of love-that have haunted her for seventy years. 

A Texan's Promise - Shelley Gray

Past promises will be tested as new ones are given... 

When Clayton Proffitt, foreman of the Circle Z Ranch in Texas, discovers Vanessa Grant is the victim of her stepfather 's advances, Clayton knows he must protect her honor and move her far away from the ranch and from the man she fears. 

As they make their way West, an unexpected, deep bond develops between Vanessa and Clayton far more powerful than a mere friendship or his sense of duty to her. But Vanessa 's stepfather won t let her go so easily. As Clayton and Vanessa place their faith in God and their trust in each other, will they find healing and hope for the future together?

What books have you added to your To Be Read pile this week?

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