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Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern
Thanks for the Memories

Gwen Ellis, February 23, 2012

Cecilia Ahern
Thanks for the Memories

When Joyce Conway, pregnant with her first child, falls down the stairs and loses her baby, she experiences unfathomable grief. After a transfusion to speed her recovery, amazing things began to happen to her. Her mind fills with knowledge previously unknown to her�"she now speaks Latin; she has extensive information about ancient architecture and the arts that she has never studied. She has reoccurring memories about a white-haired child and a chubby little boy. What was happening to her? Slowly, the story unwinds itself and leads her on a search through the streets and museums of London and Dublin and finally to a man who has had his own traumatic experience�"of sorts�"and who brings all the pieces together. A wonderful story I couldn’t stop reading.

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Whiteout by Ken Follett

Gwen Ellis, February 8, 2012

Ken Follette
For three days surrounding Christmas in the UK, terror reigns as a virus for which there is no known cure is stolen from a laboratory owned and operated by Stanley Oxenford, widowed and wealthy landowner in Scotland. Nothing is easy for the thieves or their pursuers, headed by Toni Gallo, as the snow piles up in the worst blizzard of the century. There is a little of every kind of drama in this story from romance to brutal killings to treachery within a family that threatens to tear it apart. This page turner will keep you engrossed to the very last word that provides a very satisfying ending.
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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Water for Elephants

Gwen Ellis, January 24, 2012

Water for Elephants
I was first introduced to the story through a movie I was viewing on a long, long flight across the Atlantic. I liked the story and soon found the book to read. The story is of circus life in the days when circus life was the ultimate dream of many young people��"running away to join the circus. Then I remembered when the Clyde Beatty Circus came to my tiny Montana hometown. Because of a railroad strike, the circus needed to offload the animals and put them through their acts as well as to rest them. My brothers, both pre-teen kids went to help the circus set up. I remember how rough the roustabouts were and how lovely the leading ladies. I remember the pungent mixed smell of popcorn and animal dung. It all came back when I read this wonderful gritty story so full of passion. And...I adored the surprise ending.

Gwen Ellis
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When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa

Gwen Ellis, January 11, 2012

Just what happened in Zimbabwe that turned it from the breadbasket of Africa to a nation of disenfranchised people? And how did such a stable economy tumble to become the nation with the highest inflation rate in the world? How did the best-educated country become a seething cauldron of brutality? It began to happen with the assumption of Robert Mugabe to the presidency and it continues until today.
Peter Godwin was born and raised in Zimbabwe. It was home and he loved it��"loves it still. As the country deteriorated into ruin with bands of uncontrolled “wovets” (war veterans) running wild and destroying home and homestead, Peter pled with his parents to leave the country and flee to the safety of the UK or America or another African country: but they would have none of it. Zimbabwe was their home and they were staying put. So through burglaries, car robberies, shortages of everything from food to fuel, they carried on. Peter’s sister, Georgiana, a broadcaster of anti-establishment content did flee, to England. From there she continues her broadcasts of truth and freedom into her war-torn homeland.
In addition to the ongoing and tragic story of Zimbabwe, Peter uncovers the amazing story of his father’s secret identity and the cost to his father of maintaining that secret throughout his life. As the secret is peeled back for the reader, we have a chance to look into the death camps of Europe during World War II. We feel the fear and the terror of those who blindly walked into the jaws of death in those camps.
From beginning to a heartrending ending of the book, we see the cost the people of Zimbabwe pay on a daily basis for a situation not of their making and seemingly out of their control. The book is well worth the read.

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A Little Child Shall Lead Them: The Story of Saving a Nation
A Little Child Shall Lead Them: The Story of Saving a Nation

Gwen Ellis, January 3, 2012

Dr. Elizabeth Hynd, along with Gwen Ellis, has written an amazing story��"A Little Child Shall Lead Them��"of the founding of New Hope Centre in Swaziland in Southern Africa. The home is dedicated to the care and education of AIDS orphans who have no one else on earth to care for them.

New Hope Centre is not just a feeding station. It is truly a home where young people are trained to take leadership in a country where almost half the population has AIDS. It is a country where the ranks of teachers, policemen, lawyers, and all other service industries have been decimated by this deadly pandemic. These little children have seen their parents once strong and well start to waste away to little more than skin and bones. They have tried to care for them, cleansing their wounds and washing their decimated bodies, only to have the parent die. To grandmothers (gogos) falls the task of caring for all of the children left behind. Caring for as many as 12 children takes its toll and the grandmothers die too. There is no one left for the children. Many begin to roam in packs about the cities where the only way to earn a little money for food is to sell their bodies, thus perpetuating AIDS in the nation.

God cares about these orphans and He reached down his hand and tapped the shoulders of two women: Dr. Elizabeth Hynd, who was born and raised in Swaziland, and the Rev. Dr. June McKinney of End Time Harvesters, an American ministry. The mission and calling he gave each of them was clear��"care for the orphans and widows as stated in James 1:27. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

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