Summer Reading Book Reviews 2014

The Collector by Nora Roberts
Submitted by Susan Beaver at the Hilton Head Branch Library on Friday, July 18, 2014

Who killed Oliver and his girlfriend? Why? Lila witnesses a woman being pushed through a window in a tall NY City building across from where she is house-sitting. Another victim is found. The victims' families are devastated, especially Oliver's brother Ashton, a gifted artist. Fine antiques, a stolen priceless Faberge piece, romance, murder, travels abroad lead to Nora Roberts' latest novel as the murderer(s) and his/her motive are revealed.

The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
Submitted by Karen Kieser at the Hilton Head Branch Library on Friday, July 18, 2014

This book really played with my emotions of love between Isabelle and Tom. Their past experiences affected their willingess to right a wrong. He as a lighthouse keeper, having to log all information and Hannah losing her husband with their 2 month old, Grace and Isabelle having so many miscarriages. Keeping a little girl that had been in the boat with the dead father. Eventually the truth comes out as it always does. Excellent book.

50 Children by Steven Pressman
Submitted by Kathleen Kane at the Hilton Head Branch Library on Friday, July 18, 2014

50 Children documents the amazing rescue of 50 Viennese children from Nazi-occupied Austria by Gil & Eleanor Krause. Similar to today's border crisis in Texas entailing prejudice, politics and human tragedy - disimilar in the orderly, legal procedures followed by the Kraus'. A great and inspiring read.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
Submitted by Grace Cordial at the Beaufort Branch Library on Thursday, July 17, 2014

FDR's first ambassador to Nazi Germany, William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered college professor, feels growing unease with the violence he sees around him. The sexual affairs of his daughter with a Nazi and a Russian communist threatened her father's diplomatic mission. The fact that he was an outsider led to his reports about the dangers of Hitler's regime, 1933 - 1937, being ignored by an entrenched and largely hostile State Department bureaucracy. This is a fascinating account of the evil nature of Nazism during a crucial historical period.

7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
Submitted by Grace Cordial at the Beaufort Branch Library on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Metaxas selected 7 men as his heroes because each one made personal sacrifices in other that a higher purpose could be achieved. It is his opinion that George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Jackie Robinson, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Paul II and Chuck Colson each exhibited a Judeo-Christian worldview in which courage was partnered with faith to effect positive change. Perhaps his next book will feature 7 women of similar note.

The Target by David Baldacci
Submitted by Park Beaver, Jr. at the Hilton Head Branch Library on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Favorite assassins are back! Will Robie and Jessica Reed...in a dangerous assignment ordered by the President of the US. However, there are those against them; person problems surface for Jessica; an unknown assassin targets Will and Jessica! Baldacci has written another action-packed thriller!

Sea Glass Winter by Joann Ross
Submitted by Susan Beaver at the Hilton Head Branch Library on Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's time for a change. A single mom makes a new home for her teenage son along Oregon's rural coast. Claire and her son Matt, have just lost her mother to cancer, while Matt had been accused of having drugs in his locker at school. Claire, a gifted glass-blower by profession, and Matt, a ranked basketball star, meet Dillon Slater, the high school basketball coach and a leader in his own right. Interaction between the threesome is explosive and changes their lives forever.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Submitted by Susan Beaver at the Hilton Head Branch Library on Thursday, July 17, 2014

Between 1854 and 1929, trains ran between the large east coast cities to those in the midwest, carrying orphans - children with no known families, who needed a home. Many formerly came from Ireland, as did Vivian, age 91, one of the main characters in Orphan Train. Molly, of Penobscot Indian heritage, has spent her 17 years in and out of foster homes. The two women meet, share their backgrounds and experiences, and realize they have much in common. As Molly helps Vivan clean out her large attic containing belongings and lifetime memories, the two bond. They discuss their life journeys of lost families, heartbreak, survival, loneliness, and finally understanding and friendship. This is a powerful story of two courageous women, occuring between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Submitted by Imelda Golden at the St. Helena Branch Library on Thursday, July 17, 2014

 Divergent tells the story of a dystopian society that is divided in five sections of factions: Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. When a person turns sixteen, they are given a test to see what faction they fall in. But Beatrice from Abnegation has a combination (Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite) She is Divergent. She must choose between venturing into the unknown or staying with her family, all while keeping her secret of being divergent. 

Raggedy Reverse Aplique by Kim Deneault
Submitted by Ellen Roberts at the St. Helena Branch Library on Thursday, July 17, 2014

 This book shows very clearly how to get dimension in quilted work. 127 pages, 12 chapters, and 9 projects plus a great pattern packet inside the back cover!