Paul and Pamela’s daughter had been away all summer on a mission’s trip and was only home for a short time before heading off to college. Now, Paul wants a divorce, no discussion, no chance of repair, he wants out so he can marry Dana Taylor, a woman he volunteers with at church. With no forewarning that Paul has been unfaithful, Pamela is in shock and believes she can win him back. Jumping in Sunset by Dawn Ringling tells of Pamela’s struggle to accept Paul’s abandonment and to move on with her own interests. Without her best friend, Starla and Ken, her new friend, Pamela would not have gotten through this devastation. She soon realizes that she had been living the life that Paul wanted from her and now she is free to live the life that she loves. Ringling brings to life real people in a real world with real problems and shows that with God’s help one can endure the hardships life sometimes throws at us.
Ready Player One, the debut novel by Ernest Cline is a great read! The story takes place in the not too distant future of 2044 and the world is a pretty bleak place to live for most people. The main character, Wade Watts lives in the “Stacks” a trailer park where the trailers are stacked on top of one another. Like many others, Wade prefers to spend most of his time in the virtual reality world of OASIS which is much more pleasant than the real world. Wade, along with fellow gunters (Easter egg hunters) spend all of their spare time searching for an “Easter egg” hidden in the virtual reality world of OASIS by multi billionaire James Halliday, the recently deceased creator of OASIS. The person that finds the egg first, will inherit Halliday’s vast fortune. The Sixers are a particular group of gunters that work for IOI, a large corporation that is determined to inherit Halliday’s billions and take control of OASIS. They will stop at nothing to find the egg, including murder. To find clues to where the egg is hidden, gunters must immerse themselves in the life of James Halliday and the things that he loved. Chief among those is 80’s pop culture and video games. If you grew up in the 80’s (like myself) you will particularly enjoy this book. It was fun to reminisce about old episodes of Family Ties, playing Atari, and watching movies like Back to the Future. Didn’t grow up in the 80’s? This is a great way to educate yourself about the 80’s while having a great time! Fans of the book will also have the movie to look forward to, as the movie rights have already been sold to Warner Bros.
If you’ve been watching Longmire on A&E, you might like to go back and read where it all began. Back in 2010, I picked up the book Cold Dish by Craig Johnson on a whim. It’s not my usual type of read, so I don’t even remember why I read it, but it began an obsession that has not waned at all. I wait anxiously for each installment in the series. Johnson’s Longmire series is about Walt Longmire, a widowed sheriff who has buried himself in his work since his wife died. With his old friend Henry Standing Bear and foul-mouthed deputy Victoria Moretti, he works to keep the peace in Absaroka County, Wyoming. A mix of suspense, insight, and humor, the story of Sheriff Longmire shouldn’t be missed. I just finished the eighth book in the series, As the Crow Flies, and Johnson’s writing just keeps getting better.
Cheryl Strayed has written a frank memoir of her life journey as she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl chose to hike the 1,100 mile trail after the devastating death of her mother from cancer and her divorce. This remarkable tale of her hike is composed of harrowing and painful experiences such as rattlesnake near misses and hiking in boots that are too small with a back pack, The Monster, considerably larger than anyone else carried. This book is also composed of beautiful discoveries about life and how she wants to live it and helpful, good people she meets along the way.
Oprah chose Cheryl’s book as her first book club selection for her new 2.0 book club in June. She said her thought was after reading Wild, ‘Where is the Oprah Winfrey show when you need to announce and tell everybody about this book?”
Close Your Eyes, another suspense novel from Iris Johansen involves Kendra Michaels who was blind the first 20 years of her life. A miraculous new procedure has restored her sight and her other senses remain much keener than any normal person’s. Kendra is a music therapist and uses her unusual skills to help troubled kids find a sense of peace through music. Her keen senses some in hand with law-enforcement groups and now the FBI is knocking on her door–again. She doesn’t want to get involved in another case after experiencing a devastating search for a lost child. But, into her life walks Adam Lynch, not an FBI agent, but a consultant who specializes in getting jobs done at any cost. He is charismatic and manipulative. The case at hand involves her ex-boyfriend, Jeff, an agent himself, who has disappeared. When it becomes apparent he might be the next person on a serial killer’s hit list, Kendra gets sucked in–
Can your whole life change in 15 Seconds? Dr. Henry Steadman finds out that it can–Steadman arrives in Miami for a medical conference when he is stopped for a minor traffic violation. While the police officer is writing up a warning, a car pulls up to the officer, shooting and killing him. Henry is on the scene, and suddenly he is the target of a massive manhunt. As his life spirals out of control, Henry realizes that he has been framed for crimes he didn’t commit and has to try to save the life of someone he loves. Author Andrew Gross skillfully weaves the story line between Steadman’s actions and those of the character controlling Steadman’s situation. This is a fast-paced thriller, filled with action, plot twists and suspense, a story that is hard to put down. If you like Robert Crais, karin Slaughter or James Patterson, you will enjoy Gross’ latest thriller.