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Adult Summer Reading Book Reviews

Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After: A Memoir

by Heather Harpham

Adult Summer Reading 2018

Review by Carol Johnson of Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham

The true story of two unmarried writers who unexpectedly become parents to a little girl with a blood disease of unknown origin. Heather is a single parent to Gracie until Brian comes on board to help, although they live on separate coasts. As parents they face tough decisions regarding what to do about Gracie's disease. Against all odds, Heather becomes pregnant again and their son is a perfect match for Gracie to have a bone marrow transplant. It is not an easy decision to make and the parents procrastinate as long as possible, while Gracie receives regular blood transfusions. A wonderful story of happiness and heartache.

Winter Solstice

by Rosamunde Pilcher

Adult Summer Reading 2018

Review by Suzanne Deis of Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

Reminiscent of Mave Binchy, Pilcher gives picturesque glimpses of the Scottish Highlands through a variety of characters. Each character provides their view of circumstances and how their lives intertwine. The author provides hints to let you guess at what will happen, drawing one into the plot. Although perhaps too good to be true, it's refreshing to have someone tell you that good things happen. An uplifting fictional read.

Ruthless Tide

by Al Roker

Adult Summer Reading 2018

Review by Carol Johnson of Ruthless Tide by Al Roker

A very readable account of the historic Johnstown, PA flood disaster of May, 1889. I didn't know a lot about the tragedy and was surprised to learn that it all could have been prevented. There were over 2200 deaths and at least $17 million in damages. Roker personalizes the story with stories of victims and survivors and the horror they experienced. He sets the disaster against the backdrop of the elite lifestyle led by members of the South Fork Fishing Club, 14 miles in elevation above Johnstown and other small industrial cities. A faulty dam created a recreational lake for members to enjoy but was the cause of the disaster, along with the convergence of several unusual weather fronts over the area.