Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Authurian Omen by G. G. Vandagriff

"When a Celtic scholar finds a clue to a priceless fifth-century manuscript that will prove the real identity of King Arthur, she is brutally murdered. Determined to find the manuscript and avenge her sister's death, Maren Southcott begins a quest that puts her own life in danger. Overt and covert seekers weave in and out of the tale as she travels through the castles and monasteries of ancient Wales, seeking the document that could rival the The Book of Kells. Who are all these people? Which one is her psychopathic stalker plotting death and revolution? Which one wants her dead? Did the Celtic professor with the extraordinary eyes kill her sister? Can she risk death and find the manuscript before MI5, Scotland Yard, and impassioned Celtic scholars?"

G. G. Vandagriff has once again written an action packed novel. The Authurian Omen comes in at 89 chapters, but it is a quick read as most of the chapters are only a few pages long.
The descriptions of Wales were beautiful. The two plotlines wove in and out of each other and kept me guessing. The first murderer I figured out right away, but the identity of the second one left mein the dark until the very end. I got into the story right away, but soon found there were so many characters being added, it was difficult to keep them straight. I wish there had been more development of the legend of King Aurthur.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book with a great twist at the end. You can buy this book here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Angels of Morgan Hill by Donna VanLiere

"The woman I am has a great deal to do with that ninth year of my life. It started out as any other year, nothing extraordinary, but as each day unfolded it became remarkable in every way. There are times when I’m still amazed that we made it through. It has been said that every life has a story. This is my story, although it belongs to so many others, for I was never alone. They were always with me . . . and still are today." -excerpt from The Angels of Morgan Hill by Donna VanLiere

The Angels of Morgan Hill is a story told through the eyes of a nine-year-old, Jane Gable. On the day of her abusive father's funeral, she sees the first black family to move into her Tennessee town. The attitudes and people in town seem to change with the arrival of this family and Jane's life is directly affected as her mother befriends them. When tragedy strikes, Jane's family changes yet again, and she learns that love comes in all kinds of ways as she recognizes the angels in her life.

This is one of those books that distracted me from the huge pile of books I have that are begging to be read. I found it in the library and decided to take it home and give it a try. I am so glad I did.

I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with this book. The characters were so real and the story moved me to tears at times. I felt like I had actually visited the town of Morgan Hill and got to know the people just a little. The story made me sit back and examine my own attitudes towards the people that cross my path every day.

This is a great book to read with a book club and the author has included reading guides on her website to help promote discussion of the story.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Still Here

With the lack of book reviews lately, you may think I've fallen off the face of the earth, or at least forgotten about this blog. The truth is I haven't allowed myself much reading time this month. Usually I read an average of two books a week and according to the list I keep, I've read 83 books this year. But in the last month I've only read a few books.

I am just about finished a book which I will review next week and I came home with four new books to read after a visit to the bookstore last Saturday. So stay tuned, the reviews are coming. Now I'm going to go bury my nose in a book.