Check out our Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale, happening now at Malvern Public Library! Get your Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steele and much more, all gently used and ready for a second life. We have Kids books, DVD's and more -- we're packed to the brim -- so it's time again to clean house! We also have TONS of free books available for the taking, so we hope you'll come check us out!
BOOK CLUB READER’S REVIEWS:
The Trail to Crazy Man (Part II) by Louis L’Amour
Review by Ruby Simms
“Rafe said he was going to head for Wyoming and invited them to come with him. Tex Brisco would follow, but Rock set his mind on the goldfields in Nevada. Penn said that if he and Rock didn’t find gold that he may go to Rafe in Wyoming. Rafe’s father used the -C for his brand. Tex knew the brand. Rafe hired two Texans: Johnny Gill and Bo Marsh. He had them searching for stray cattle in the areas where cattle drives had once traveled. They found enough so that the herd was growing. They put their brand on the cattle and drove them to a spot on his Uncle John’s ranch. He then moved into his uncle’s ranch house knowing he had better be watching his back.
Rafe learns that Mrs. Rodney had died. Their daughter, Ann Rodney, was living with her aunt and uncle, the Bakers, who operated the local store. She was engaged to Bruce Barkow, a crooked lawyer. She was told by Bruce that her father died along the trail. She was even shown his clothes. When Rafe told her of her father’s death at sea and his wishes for the ranch, Ann was in disbelief.
Stay tuned for Part III of this review in our next edition of the Library Monthly!
The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
Review by Regina Loehr
Set during WWII, Noa, a sixteen-year-old, becomes pregnant by a German a soldier that was staying with the family. Disgraced, her father disowns her and she is thrown out of her home. She finds work at a railroad station. She looses her baby but rescues a baby that was in a train car filled with Jewish babies headed for a concentration camp.
Astrid, a young Jewish lady finds that her marriage to a Nazi soldier is nullified. She returns to her home only to find her circus family was sent away and her home occupied by a Nazis. She joins another circus as an aerialist hoping to hide her identity and eventually escape out of Germany.
Noa finds refuge with the same circus and works as an apprentice to Astrid. At first Astrid resents Noa but in order for the two to survive they form a powerful friendship. Both keep dark secrets from each other that eventually need to be revealed in order to prevent destruction of everything they both pursued.
Jenoff spins a historically accurate account through these two characters and their life in a circus family as they travel by train to perform in occupied Germany and France. Unlike many books about this dark time in history, this one is tender yet realistic. Love, friendship, forgiveness, survival and courage are interwoven within the story. I would recommend this 342-page book to middle school and high school students as well as adults who are interested in this type of historical fiction.
This title is our official selection for “Book of the Month” and available for check out in our library!
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