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Original Essays | September 17, 2014

Merritt Tierce: IMG Has My Husband Read It?

My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »
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Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home by Susan Pohlman
Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home

Gwen Ellis, October 16, 2012

Halfway to Each Other

Her marriage on the rocks, her kids buried deep in the culture of excess in Southern California, Susan Pohlman is desperate for change. She and her husband, Tim, take one last trip together to Italy as they accompany a group of Americans and act a tour hosts. Both she and Tim fall in love with Italy, and when Tim says, “I could live here,” Susan responds, “Me too.” But Tim is not just saying it, he really means it. Soon the two of them are talking seriously about what it would mean to take a year off from the hectic lives they have lived, concentrate on each other and family, and see what might happen.
Within a short time the Pohlman family sets their collective feet down in Nervi, Italy, and settle into a lifestyle as opposite to the one they have been living as could possibly be. The kids: Matt, aged 11, and Katie, a teenager, feel as if their parents have moved them to the dark side of the moon. Things are rough in the beginning, but soon the kids are playing games together. There is no TV, no Game Boy. There is only learning to shop the markets, dive into the Mediterranean Sea just down the hill, and make new friends at a new school.
Meanwhile, Susan and Tim are discovering all kinds of things about themselves and their marriage. They begin to confront their own shortcomings in the marriage. They begin to make subtle changes and tiny steps halfway toward each other.
All too soon the year is over and none of the Pohlman family wants to go back to the life they had been living in California, but finances dictate that they must go home. They leave different people than they arrived, carrying with them the lessons learned and the newly-strengthened cords of commitment and love that hopefully will carry them through the rest of their lives.
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The Color of Light by Karen White
The Color of Light

Gwen Ellis, September 16, 2012

Jillian, divorced, pregnant, accompanied only by her small daughter, Gracie, arrives on Pawley's Island to begin rebuilding her shattered life. Her grandmother's newly renovated house is for sale and she buys it for a song. The house next door that once belonged to the parents of her best friend Lauren is also being renovated. Lauren's parents moved away after her disappearance years ago.Now with amazing and supernatural insight Gracie begins to talk to an imaginary friend named Lauren. Intrigue--just who is the lady who carries a doll in a baby carrier and cares for it a if it is a real child. Mystery--what happened to Lauren? Is she dead or alive? Romance--the handsome man next door turns out to be a childhood friend. Jillian to discover who she was meant to be.

I greatly enjoyed The Color of Light as page after page built the story of Jillian's trying to work her way through the devastation of an abusive childhood to become the creative loved woman she was meant to be.
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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I Capture the Castle

Gwen Ellis, September 3, 2012

This is a fun read. Who of us hasn't wanted to live in an old castle somewhere in the world and write books and keep a journal? That's where Cassandra lives and writes in her journal. Her father is a one-time wonder who wrote a book called Jacob Wrestling. That book is the catalyst for much that happens in this book including intrigue, love, betrayal, delight and discouragement. Whether Cassandra and her siblings are trying to survive with barely enough worldly goods to scrape by or enjoying the abundance that comes when they meet their American landlords who are thoroughly impressed by Cassandra's father's writing achievements, the story moves along with good humor. It's an easy read that will whisk you away to far away England where you'll get to know and love all the characters in the book.
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A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith
A Rose for the Crown

Gwen Ellis, August 5, 2012

Rich in all the ways we expect a novel about ancient England's history, this book delivers a wonderful story about the Plantagenets of York and Lancaster. With impossible loves, daring battles, with amazing beauty, and a cast of dozens, author Anne Easter Smith paints a tapestry of life in England between 1459 and 1491. With genealogical charts, maps, and a reading group guide this book is great for personal reading or for a book group's discussions. It is a story that lives on in your mind long after reading the book.
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Large Print) by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Large Print)

Gwen Ellis, March 29, 2012

This book is a tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit in enduring unbelievable bodily suffering, mental torture, human degradation, and shame and yet rising like a phoenix from the ashes of a plane crash, floating for weeks and 2,000 miles on a life raft, and finally being interred in a POW camp where the most brutal of commandants took pleasure in torturing Louis Zamperini.
Zamperini was an Olympic level runner who should have been Roger Bannister, except that circumstances beyond his control took from him the title of first man to run a four-minute mile in an official competition. The Olympic games, first awarded to Tokyo and then transferred to Helskinki were cancelled (suspended indefinitely)due to the outbreak of war in Europe leaving him with no official place to compete. Louis enlisted in the Army Air Corps to avoid being drafted into some other branch of service. Though he tried to maintain a running schedule during Corps training and later during his tour of duty, all his training went away when he was captured.
The abuse and starvation he suffered left him more dead than alive. And yet his spirit rose within him and he survived it all. This war torn story Of heinous acts and atrocities has a very peaceful and hopeful ending. One that is surprising and one you will greatly enjoy.
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