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The Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Light between Oceans

techeditor, June 29, 2015

Although THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is set mostly in the 1910s and 1920s, Parts 1 and 2 of this book seemed sort of Jane Austenish to me. These two parts involve the reader in the lives of Tom and Isabel, who marry and then live on a small, uninhabited island. Tom is the keeper of the lighthouse there.

The couple see other people (other than two men who come occasionally on a supply boat) only once every three years. This is the perfect setup when they find a rowboat washed ashore their island, with a dead man and a live baby. This presents a dilemma because Isabel wants to keep the baby and Tom loves and adores Isabel. She gets her way, but Tom's conscience never stops eating at him.

Part 3 is unputdownable as Tom and Isabel deal with consequences. It's also sad, a tearjerker. My questions throughout this part were, how can this have a good end and how will the author write herself out of this.
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The First Counsel by Brad Meltzer
The First Counsel

techeditor, June 13, 2015

This is a ridiculous story with a dumb main character, a lawyer working at the White House, and a deranged and spoiled First Daughter. I dislike it so much that I forced myself to read half the book, then could go no further.

Because it is not fair to rate a book I have not entirely read, I leave it unrated.
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The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy
The Mapmaker's Children

techeditor, June 9, 2015

To be fair to this book, I have to review it for a young adult. Then I can compliment its historical fiction that does not delve so far into the history of the Civil War, the Underground Railroad (UGRR), and Sarah Brown's role in the UGRR that it turns off the early teen who is reading for enjoyment, not history class.

THE MAPMAKER'S CHILDREN also holds young adult interest by alternating historical fiction chapters with chapters about a modern-day couple who are unaware they live in a home along the UGRR in West Virginia. These chapters do have some problems, though, that may not bother a young teenager as much as they would an adult.

I particularly was not happy with the modern-day Eden. She was so unlikeable in the first few August 2014 chapters that I couldn't like her even in the later chapters. I think a young teenager will feel Eden redeems herself.

It is particularly pleasing, though, when present and past stories are connected. We see this mostly at the same time we see Eden try to make us like her.
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Wilderness by Lance Weller
Wilderness

techeditor, June 2, 2015

Lance Weller's descriptions throughout this book are outstanding. He almost lost me, though, up front with too much description and, it seemed, no story. But I kept reading, looking for story, and did find one that is mostly heartbreaking.

The story I found wasn't quite what the book flap says, although that was probably because I misunderstood parts of it. That is too easy to do in WILDERNESS. I had to read many paragraphs more than once.

The subject of WILDERNESS is Abel Truman. Chapters cover Abel as an old man in 1899 and as a Civil War soldier in 1864. The years not described are those between 1864 and 1899, when Abel lives in a shack in the woods with his dog. Those are years we just assume.

My feeling is that in 1864, 1899, and the years between Abel is either dealing with or not dealing with the loss of his baby and wife. For me, that is the story.
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Sister by Rosamund Lupton
Sister

techeditor, May 24, 2015

Rosamund Lupton's SISTER is told in a manner unlike other novels, that is, as the past-tense story of Beatrice's learning about and investigation into the death of her sister Tess, as related in her present-tense statement to the prosecuting attorney (as we would call him in the U.S.) Mr. Wright, all within a letter to Tess. Yet it does not confuse. Rather, the structure adds to the tension in this excellent novel.

Beatrice, unlike police, detectives, even her own mother, is sure that Tess was murdered but by whom and why? With her investigation, Beatrice suspects everyone, and so does the reader. This much, alone, is thrilling, but there is also an underlying tension whenever we are in the present with Mr. Wright.

This novel has an ending that shocks as only a handful of novels do. It is also my favorite kind of novel for another reason: it is get-nothing-else-done, stay-up-late unputdownable.
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