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I'm getting an extremely late start to this post. After the long drive yesterday back home and then a late evening meetup with our neighbors, I was out of juice very fast and needed to crash. And what does Sunday morning mean after a busy week? Tis a day full of chores. Ugh.  Life We spent this past week in Boston with my brother-in-law and his wife. We all got the break we needed - we did some shopping, watched lots of TV, and enjoyed lots of family time. I started writing this post on our drive back but didn't get to schedule in advance. We opted to drive the 13-hour route so although it made for some very long days, it felt good to get out of the house and enjoy a road trip. The weather cooperated all the days in all the places we were in those days so that was a plus.  As always after a long vacation, we have come back to a lot to do. I have so much to catch up with and need to do some of that today as there's just as much to do on the work front from tomorrow.  Renovat

Friday Finds -- Feb 19, 2010

Friday Finds

This meme is hosted by MizB at Should be reading. What great books did you hear about/discover this past week?

I didn't come across too many new finds this week, but there were a few that are worth mentioning.

My finds

Eternal on the water by Joseph Monninger

So many bloggers reviewed this book over the last week. After hearing all that good opinion, I'm pretty eager to try it out too!

From the day Cobb and Mary meet kayaking on Maine's Allagash River and fall deeply in love, the two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river's treacherous rapids. But rivers do not let go so easily...and neither does their love. So when Mary's life takes the cruelest turn, she vows to face those rough waters on her own terms and asks Cobb to promise, when the time comes, to help her return to their beloved river for one final journey.

Set against the rugged wilderness of Maine, the exotic islands of Indonesia, the sweeping panoramas of Yellowstone National Park, and the tranquil villages of rural New England, Eternal on the Water is at once heartbreaking and uplifting --- a timeless, beautifully rendered story of true love's power.

Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde

I came across this one on Aarti's blog, Booklust, as part of her innovative With Reverent Hands series.

For five years Pearl has managed to keep the past from catching up to her and her bright, frail five-year-old son. Life has given her every reason to mistrust people, but circumstances force her to trust her neighbor Mitch with watching Leonard while she goes off to work. Then one day Pearl drops her son off…and never returns.

They are an unlikely pair: Mitch is a young, unattached business owner, and Leonard is a precocious, five-year-old boy. But together they must find a way to move forward in the wake of Pearl’s unexplained disappearance. Their bond as parent and child shifts and endures, even as Mitch must eventually surrender Leonard to a two-parent home.

Is it possible to love the people who can’t always be there for us? The answers will surprise and move you. As their lives unfold, profound questions emerge about the nature of love and family. Ultimately, this novel’s richest reward is watching Mitch and Leonard grow up together, through the power and the magic of the human heart.

The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser

I don't remember exactly where I spotted this one, but it was during one of my meanderings through the web during the weekend.

Arousing the suspicions of the townsfolk of Lumby, Pam and Mark Walker, a couple of "East Coasters" purchase the community's fire-ravaged and neglected monastery, intent on converting it into a historic inn and regaining it's Historical Register status.  With the aid of the sometimes helpful, often humorously hapless local tradespeople, the Walkers begin their renovation project, while trying to unravel the town that is Lumby.  Facing the open hostility from the cranky old newspaper publisher, the newcomers attempt to 'fit in' and piece together the mysteries of the benefactor who leaves unsolicited checks in old journals and the flamingo in their front yard with a flare for fashion.

It doesn't take them long to realize that the local paper, The Lumby Lines, provides many of the answers.  The daily "Sheriff's Complaints" column reveals many of the town's foibles and benign mayhem, and introduce Pam and Mark to some of the more colorful locals, while the young reporter of the weekly, "What's New Around Town" feature longs to land the big "expose", but somehow never gets it right.  Despite the setbacks that occur, Pam and Mark's commitment to the inn and the town never sways.

As the previous tenants of the monastery assist the Walkers in learning its history, the intrigue builds and romance blossoms, and they unknowingly discover long-hidden relationships which lead to unexpected reconciliations.  

Joining in the annual Lumby Raft Race ensues, Pam and Mark find themselves in the middle of a near disastrous scenario, and the people of Lumby learn the true nature of their newest residents. 


Anonymous said…
I just read Eternal On The Water and loved it!

I have an award for you HERE
bermudaonion said…
Those all look good to me! I think FSB is promoting The Lumby Lines right now. Have you ever worked with them?
Mary (Bookfan) said…
I'm looking forward to reading Eternal On The Water. Nice finds!
Marce said…
Love in the Present Sense sounds GOOD, adding that one. And I agree Eternal..... was all over the blogsphere.

My Find.
Alayne said…
Great picks, Eternal on the Water looks so sad! My find is at The Crowded Leaf.
Anonymous said…
I've also been seeing Eternal on the Water around the blogs this week! It sounds pretty emotional but not sappy.

My Friday Finds are over at bookwanderer!
Christina T said…
Eternal on the Water sounds like a Nicholas Sparks novel. Love in the Present Tense sounds like a good read too. Thanks for sharing your finds!

Here are my Friday Finds.
Lumby Lines looks like an entertaining read! i'm an east coaster who dreams of moving to a small town and wonder if stories about small town cold shoulders are really true.

nice finds--enjoy the weekend!
Liz said…
I agree with CHristina that "Eternal" sounds like a Nicholas Sparks book. I've discovered, this week, a very worthwhile self-help book that I'm enjoying, "The Objective is Happiness," by Thomas Wakefield, which is helping me with the issues of taking various failures on my part and transforming them into successes. (Don't we all have failures? I sure do...) The author does a lot of motivational speaking and has all manners of strategies. His premise is that when you understand how you create failures and successes, you have the tools to make change happen. I think everyone will find something of value.
Liz said…
I forgot! I'm also reading, in the fiction category, the latest John Lescroart, Treasure Hunt. I'm enjoying that, as well.
Aleksandra said…
I love your finds! I'll add them all on my list :)
Anonymous said…
I've been seeing "Love in the Present Tense" around quite a bit. I might have to give it a read!
Nice selection! I'm not familiar with any of these books, but they all sound amazing.

Une Parole
Looking forward to Eternal on the Water and Love in the Present Tense; great picks.
Athira said…
Vicki, Glad you loved Eternal on the Water! And thanks for the award!! :)

Kathy, Not yet, but I had indeed requested The Lumby Lines from them, the previous night, to review! Yay!!

Mary, thanks!!

Marce, It does sound good, doesn't it?

Juju, I know! :)

Alayne, yeah, it does, there are so many reviews about its poignant theme!

bookwanderer, yeah, you said it right! Emotional, but not sappy!

Christina, you are welcome!

nat, Haha! I would sure like to find that one too! :)

Liz, Thanks for suggesting that book, I should check it out as well!

Aleksandra, Thanks! :)

brichtabooks, I'd love to know how you find it, if you choose to read it!

Emidy, thanks! :)

Diane, thanks! :)