Westfield Readers Recommend

It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist

 

            The Fair is the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.  The principles of the story are Cullen

            McNamara, a farmer from North Carolina who is also an inventor, and Della

            Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf.  Cullen’s father makes arrangements for Cullen

            to take his automatic sprinkler system to the fair for exhibition.  The story of

            Cullen and Della is a rather typical story of woman meets man and relationship develops,    

             but the description of the fair events and buildings is well worth the read.

-Mary Lou Schmidt

 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

          A fairy tale for adults.  Gaiman creates sweet but dark imagery and sensation that finds a permentent home in one's memory.  Isn't this mix what defines childhood?

-Marie Boleman    

 

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

 

            I remember in a literature class in college the professor said one sign of a good

            book is if the author has a well-developed “hook” to pull the reader in.  I have read

            several of William Kent Krueger’s books about Cork O’Connor in Northern

            Minnesota Indian country and now this book, and I can tell you that he has a very

            powerful “hook”.  You are drawn into his books on the first page, and it is very

            difficult to put his books down.  Ordinary Grace is told in first person by Frank

            Drum about a summer of deaths when he was a child in 1961, and how he and

            his family dealt with these deaths.  His father is a Methodist minister in the town

            of New Bremen, Minnesota, and Krueger’s description of the small town dynamics,

            his development of the character of the citizens is extremely well done, and this

            is a story that you will think about after you have finished the book.  It is a very

            enjoyable read.

-Mary Lou Schmidt

 

Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper

 

            A very thoughtful and soul searching story as seen through the eyes and wisdom

            of Prudence, a cat.  Laura is haunted by an incident that happened when she was

            14 years old, and it affects not only her view of life but her relationship with her

            mother, Sarah, and husband, Josh.  This is a serious book, but you will chuckle

            at the wisdom remarks made by Prudence.  “Humans best understand the truth of

            things if they come at it indirectly”.  Laura and her husband Josh are both forced to

            face some major changes when Sarah dies unexpectedly and Josh loses his job. 

            Prudence also faces a major change when her person, Sarah, dies and Prudence

            comes to live with Laura and Josh.  How they all face these changes, and the

            part played by Prudence in the events in the book are very fascinating.  I read

            the book straight through.

-Mary Lou Schmidt

 

Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh

 

            Albert Honig is a quiet beekeeper in his 80’s.  He discovers the bodies of his

            neighbors in their house.  Claire and Hilda are women he has lived next to and

            known all of his life.  Albert is haunted by their deaths and during the investigation

            he remembers incidents between Claire and his family and their connection through

            the bees.  Telling the Bees is a fantastically well written fiction as well as a murder

            mystery.  In addition to being well written it has a very well developed plot.

-Mary Lou Schmidt

 

The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

Set in the 1890’s former Pinkerton operative and ex-secret service agent set up their own detective agency.  Their current case brings them in contact week a bughouse Sherlock Holmes.  This is a firm read and if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan don’t miss it!

-Maxine Bussan

 

Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey

Good Si-fi, Entertaining, and Vivid imagery

 

Suspect by Robert Crais

It about Maggie a German shepherd whose owner got killed in Afghanistan Maggie survived 3 tours in Iran and Afghanistan sniffing out explosives.  She has PTSD and so does her new owner.  They work s together as pack.

 

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This is a most significant book.  It is an allegory full of symbolism and religion.  It is a lesson as to just how far one can go against one’s beliefs when it is a case of survival.

 

Passion Untamed by Pamela Palmer

Pamela Palmer takes the true animal side show in all her characters.  Mildly intimidating while still erotic these books make fantasy reality.

-Tiffany Boodry

 

Lover at Last by JR Ward

Great series all around.  Also tackled same sex controversy in a fun, exciting manner.

-Tiffany Boodry

 

Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Who can make a nerd sound hot?  Vicki Lewis Thompson can.  The story (as well as her series) is both funny and page turning.

-Tiffany Boodry

 

Shadow Rising by Kendra Leigh Castle

Great twist on classical vampire romance.   Very unpredictable that keeps your interest from page 1 to page 300.

-Tiffany Boodry

 

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

This story deals with two brothers Jacob has Asperger’s syndrome and is interested in crime scenes.  His brother Theo and his mother have to work together when Jacob is accused of murder.  Great family ties.

-Jean Urbach