It’s that wonderful time of year to be thinking about gifts for family and friends. What better gift is there to wrap and give than a book that can be enjoyed and treasured over time?
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After a long, hot summer it was fun to turn to two stories set in small towns with definitely cool climates. Miracle Creek Christmas by Krista Jensen takes place in the Northwest between Halloween and Christmas while Summer of Sundaes occurs even farther north in Seward, Alaska.
When life seems to be hard both inside school and out of school, books can often help soothe a youngster’s soul as well as open up discussion. This collection of books I have chosen is a perfect segue into helping solve dilemmas that are creeping into your child’s life and are causing angst.
It Started in Budapest by Julie Daines is a romantic novel featuring the Orient Express, a passenger train that ran between Paris and Istanbul between 1863 and 1977. Today's second book is Love, Life & Lucille by Judy Gaman, a memoir of a woman who lived to almost reach her 104th birthday.
The best time to teach youngsters about the amazing new horizons waiting for them in books is when they are beginning to read. This is the time to find stories that they can enjoy and develop the desire to read more. Here are some titles that might help in that effort.
It was my pleasure to read and review two outstanding books for this column. The first, The Paper Daughters of Chinatown by Heather B. Moore, is the story of a remarkable woman who took on a grotesque form of slavery a little over a century ago. The second, Forget Me Not by Sarah M. Eden, appears on the surface to be just another Regency Romance, but delves deeply into the hurt and pain suffered by those having PTSD.