Monday, February 20, 2012

Recent Reads.

There's nothing like air travel to give you plenty of time to read!  I've recently finished two books:

Synopsis:  In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, three lives intersect as the reality of war invades each aspect of their lives. Young Esther is heartbroken when her father decides to enlist in the army shortly after the death of her mother. Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie's wife is dead, Penny feels she has been given a second chance and offers to care for his children in the hope that he will finally notice her and marry her after the war. And elderly Mr. Mendel, the landlord, waits for the war to end to hear what has happened to his son trapped in war-torn Hungary. But during the long, endless wait for victory overseas, life on the home front will go from bad to worse. Yet these characters will find themselves growing and changing in ways they never expected--and ultimately discovering truths about God's love... even when He is silent.

I liked this book-- didn't love it.  Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors, but this one wasn't her best.  Still worth a read though if you like easy to read, heartwarming (and slightly predictable) stories.

Synopsis: ‘A is for Apple. A bad apple.’ Jack has spent most of his life in juvenile institutions, to be released with a new name, new job, new life. At 24, he is utterly innocent of the world, yet guilty of a monstrous childhood crime. To his new friends, he is a good guy with occasional flashes of unexpected violence. To his new girlfriend, he is strangely inexperienced and unreachable. To his case worker, he’s a victim of the system and of media-driven hysteria. And to himself, Jack is on permanent trial: can he really start from scratch, forget the past, become someone else? Is a new name enough? Can Jack ever truly connect with his new friends while hiding a monstrous secret?

This was a great book-- the story was so original and unique.  Once I got into it, I was completely wrapped up in it.  The story was slightly depressing, but it was definitely worth the couple hours it took me to read (it's only 248 pages).  I highly recommend this book!


  1. Always looking for new reads :)

  2. While We're Far Apart has been on my reading list for months and I've put it off, maybe it's not worth the time based on this review?? Should I just move on?

  3. Boy A looks like one I could read!!


  4. I love reading book reviews! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Boy A sounds like a great one.. I may have to check that out!