Summer is a great time to read a book. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or sitting in a shady spot under a tree, reading is an engaging way to spend a couple of hours. I like to get lost in a good story – words take me to places I’ve never been and let me get to know people I’ll never meet (because they’re made up). 🙂

I’ve spent a lot of hours riding in Rigsby, my motor home. Putting on an audio book is the best way to watch the miles churn away.

My recommendations:

I hope I don’t raise the ire of all the Francine Rivers fans out there when I say this wasn’t my favorite. In fact, I didn’t finish listening to it. I got impatient with the main character, Lena. She seemed impossibly naive and super depressing. You’ll have to let me know what you think.

I give it a solid 2 stars.

This little devotional book is a fabulous one for anyone suffering from an
incurable illness or chronic pain. It is written by my good friend, Andrea
Herzer, who has first-hand knowledge of both. Each devo is short enough to
digest in one sitting. Even if you don’t have lingering health issues, buy one
and pass it on to a friend.

I give this one 5 stars.

Wow. This was so good. Can you imagine being a little kid, abandoned in the woods and trying to survive? Hyde weaves his story in with Anne, the other main character. Here’s the tagline:

Out there is chaos, the collapse of society, and so much to be afraid of. All that matters is freedom.

This is another 5 star read. So much drama and great personal growth.

What in the world?? John Grisham usually writes gripping novels. This one – not so much. It felt like he was trying too hard to fill the empty space. In addition, the narrator was meh. I only finished it because we were on the road and I didn’t want to start a new Audible just yet.

2 stars.

Last but not least, this was difficult to put down. From the Amazon

It’s in that moment, I realise – I have nowhere to turn. If my
precious daughters and I are going to have a roof over our heads, we have to
return to my childhood home. The one I’ve not felt welcome in since my father
died. The one where the woman who destroyed our family still lives…

I give it a solid 5 stars.

In conclusion

There are a lot of good books out there, and some not so good. I love to find a new author to follow.

Who are some of your faves? I’m on a psychological thriller kick and reading everything by Freida McFadden. I’ll give an update in next month’s column. Warning – these are dark and kinda scary. If that’s your thing, you’ll like her books.

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Thanks for reading!