The Shack by William Young
I recently picked this book back up after abandoning it about 3 months ago. Yes, my students--you read that right, Mrs. Bright ABANDONED a book. I did go back to it though and that is very important. This book got a little weird about midway, but it mixes tragedy and faith in a very interesting story. Many people are blown away by this book, but me not so much. I feel that I am pretty strong in my faith and that may be the reason why. It still is an interesting read and it puts a different spin on the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews
A Washington lobbyist caught in a political scam tries to escape the public eye by journeying to small town Georgia to "fix-up" a house that was left to her father. Dempsey Killebrew learns how to restore this house while at the same time trying to avoid the FBI, learning how to live in a small town after living in metropolitan DC, and juggling the southern hospitality suitors seem to throw her way. Mary Kay Andrews does not disappoint with this selection and this is a great read if you are a fan of southern fiction....it really left me wanting more!
Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark
I must be honest and tell you that I have not read a Mary Higgins Clark book in a long time. I went through a period several years ago when I could not get enough of them and then I got tired of them because they became so predictable. Mary Higgins Clark is a wonderful mystery writer, but I guess when that is all you read, you get burned out on it. I selected this title out of our professional book room at school. It is one of her more recent titles and I thought it was a good read. I saw that it was about twin girls, so I thought I could make a connection since I have twin nieces. In this book, the three year old twins have just celebrated their 3rd birthday. Their parents have gone on a date and the twins' baby sitter is drugged by an intruder who kidnaps the twins. The kidnappers demand a ransom and the twins' father's company comes through with it. The initial plan is for both girls to be left in a locked car to be rescued. One of the kidnappers does not go along with the plan and only one twin is returned to her parents. I do have to say that Mary Higgins Clark has not lost the magnetism that she uses to keep you reading. I went through this book in about 3 days. It did help that the chapters were short. This would be a great beach book or a good quick read.
I am working on The House on the Gulf right now by Margaret Peterson Haddix (a young adult title from my school library), and I plan on beginning The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks in the next week or so. What book suggestions do you have?