Archive | February 2019

The Brethren by John Grisham -Book Review


Trumble is the name of a minimum security prison with the usual variety of inmates such as drug , bank robbers and embezzlers. This prison also has a unit called The Brethren made up of three lawyers. although they have no license to practice, they do quite a lot of  for fellow inmates.

They meet daily in the law library where they handle cases for the inmates and write briefs. They have been known to settle justice in the prison type of method.

However, with all this work, you would not think they have time for mischief, but you would be so very wrong. They have hatched a mail scheme that is very lucrative until they get caught by accusing the wrong person. They chose the wrong victim this time. he is powerful and has dangerous friends.

This causes the once lucrative mail scheme to start to fail and the flowing in of sizable cash  to diminish. What will they do?

As in every Grisham story , this one has great characters, superb  plots and keeps you glued to your seat edge till the very end.

I recommend this author because he never disappoints, This book is just another complex story made simple. you will love it.

The Confession by John Grisham – Book Review


I have never read a John Grisham book that wasn’t fantastic. The Confession is no different. Grisham is such an excellent storyteller and he keeps your attention. His books are all page turners. His plots are fresh and relevant.

This story is about an unknown person who comes to see the minister of the church to speak with him. This is not an unusual event for such talks to take place, but this turns out to be a unique event. After speaking a while, the man wants to make a confession. This is the beginning of a long story for the minister and a challenging and scary journey is taken as a result..

This stranger who confesses is confessing to a long-ago crime. His timing makes the journey a real adventure because they are on a deadline. The deadline they are trying to beat is the execution of the man wrongly accused and convicted of the crime the confessor claims is his.

The story will take you in many directions. The Confession lets you be a fly on the wall to observe the incredible story as this happened. It gives insight into the preparations for an execution. It shows you the reality of the electric chair.

If you enjoy mysteries about the law, you will find this book an eye-opener as to what lawyers are up against trying to save clients. I recommend this book to all who like lawyer mysteries and John Grisham.



Lost Horizon by James Hilton – Book Review

Lost Horizons

As I revisit my childhood classics, I found a copy of Lost Horizon. I’m sure it’s on the reading list somewhere or I read it in school, wherever or whoever recommended it, I am thankful I read it and now, reread it.

Lost Horizon takes place in an isolated monastery in the mountains of Tibet in Shangri-La. As he and his friends discovered this place, they are amazed at all the modern touches at this monastery. Those who greet them and make them welcome our almost all very old monks who seem healthy and fit.

Eventually, the main character, Conway, can meet the main monk in charge, the High Lama. The esteemed gentleman he meets with can explain much of what Conway had questioned and soon reveals some of the details that made this place so grand.

The book examines some ethical questions and it is interesting to pretend to take part in the conversation. The range of answers covers many options. Lost Horizon was published in 1933 for the first time. It has been reprinted often which shows the story is timeless and the questions this book forces you to answer are still relevant.

I recommend this book for any lover of mysteries and fantasies. I loved it and think it would be a great story for young people especially. Of course, when I read it the first time I was a young person. Rereading it at age 72 I still find it very enjoyable.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – Book Review


This novel has been available for a while, since 1996 in fact. I’ve always wanted to read it, but since I read many genres in both e-books and physical books, the TBR list is long. I also never saw the movie. A rule of mind when possible is to read the book 1st, then watch the movie.

This is a wonderful love story. It spans many years that have not been without challenge, especially in the beginning. They married against the advice and family disapproval. They struggled and worked hard, but never stopped loving each other. We learn about the definition of ageless love and passion that lasts into old age.

Later in life, when his wife becomes admitted to a nursing home with the major problem being her Alzheimer’s, the husband reads to her every day and helps her regain and keep some memories.

Even later in years, his health has deteriorated, and he joins her in the nursing home. Even though, he is also ill, he still sneaks to her room and shares memories with her.

The love and passion they both feel after all these years is so touching.

I highly recommend read this book it is a celebration of love and devotion to your spouse that is incredible.

The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde-Book Review

Since I’m rereading old classics, and this was one of the great American Reading Books on the list I decided to work from that list for my classic reviews. Though Oscar Wilde is known for his plays, this is his only novel, first published in 1890. You will find earlier books under the name of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Dorian Gray first published this novel as a magazine series, and it was thought to be so immoral that the publisher cut 500 pages from the manuscript. It comes in many covers and you may want to be sure you get what you wanted, the cut addition or the whole book as written by Wilde.

It is a story about beauty and conceit and vanity. It focuses on a young man known for his beauty. The young man, Dorian Gray is told every day that he has exceptional beauty. At first he was modest and accepted these compliments humbly.

Later, when an artist friend, asked to paint his portrait, he finally agrees to sit for his friend. When finished and he had last taken on ownership he is enthralled with it. It is just what he needed to reconfirm, his amazing beauty.

The young man soon discovers the painting holds a dark secret. Eventually he must hide the painting from other eyes. He does this in order that others cannot see the secret the painting reveals.

This is a great story, whether you consider it has as a sci-fi or horror book, it is a classic everyone can enjoy. I highly recommend it. Others evidentially agree as it was one of 100 picked as the favorite books of the American readers.