A horrible tragedy occurs when an airplane falls from the sky leaving one young boy alive and alone. Edward has lost his whole family and even with his aunt and uncle taking him to their home and the intense friendship he has with the girl next door, he still feels alone. Being the sole survivor carries a huge weight as Edward discovers. He and Shay fight to find meaning and a direction in all the chaos and hopefully find a way forward. It is a story of profound sadness and grief but there is also hope, kindness, and clarity. Delicately handled and emotionally charged, the experiences of those on board the plane and those left behind are profound and will stay with you for a long time after you close the book.
A wonderful addition to the western genre but with a female lead. Mary Pearl and her sister grow up in the wilds of Arizona where you have to be tough, have horsemanship skills above and beyond and dream of raising a family and living the hard life your parents had. Mary Pearl has other ideas about where her life wants to take her and they don't include working a ranch or hosting teas. She goes off to school to get an education and her feminist ways don't always sit well with her family or the suitor she left back at home. An adventure that will have your heart yearning for open skies while applauding the bravery of Mary Pearl leaving what she knew and aiming for much more.
A solid 3 1/2 stars. This was a slow burn that finished as a forest fire for me. 1941 in a remote part of Alaska is where we find Elizabeth with her young daughter and husband living a quiet existence until the day a stranger flies in and changes their lives forever. Elizabeth has almost given up discovering what really happened to her twin sister who went missing when they were in their teens. For everyone else, it is a closed case with no leads until the stranger comes to town and shakes up the quiet community in a brutal way. There is much danger and a huge risk but he may be the only one to provide Elizabeth with answers, so this is bait she can't resist. A superbly told dark, cat and mouse game that will keep you guessing to the very end.
A plane crashes in a remote mountain area and the only survivor is an elderly woman totally unprepared for what lies ahead. Clovis's courage and determination to survive will get her far but when she needs help the most she finds it from a very unlikely source. Ranger Debra Lewis is not what you would call a people person and doesn't really fit the mold of a Park Ranger. She is convinced that Clovis is out there and is determined to keep up a search that seems hopeless. During the search, she will begin a strange relationship with a man and his teenage daughter that will bring her a little closer to understanding who she is and what she wants. Love, loss and the human desire to not be alone have a say in this unusual survival story.
A futuristic space jaunt where a lone wolf female ship captain takes in a young stowaway and then agrees to keep him in space to keep him safe - if she can. Time is relative in space and because of that you don't always trust your memories but the bond between Nia and the almost mute boy makes that leap through space. The language is very poetic and the characters are more developed and that helps to separate it from other science fiction. This will appeal to readers who don't usually read science fiction.
Once the water was everywhere and we used it for everything never knowing it might not be there someday. Part apocalyptic climate horror story and part a love story that endures all. THE END OF THE OCEAN is about two groups of people who never meet but whose lives are intertwined by water.
Signe lives in the moist land of Norway surrounded by pristine forests, rivers, and lakes fed by pure glacier water and her family is torn apart when she and her father take measures to protect the water and Signe's mother and others take the side of the developer. The second story takes place in the future where David and his young daughter are trying to survive in a world without enough water where hunger, disease, and thirst is an everyday nightmare. Love, climate change and family are all explored in this deeply moving story of one woman's fight to prevent her world from becoming extinct. Perfect for fans of STATION ELEVEN and other stories that warn of a world gone crazy.
Abu Laith dubbed the Father of Lions gave his life to keeping a ragtag little group of animals alive in a war zone. With the constant danger of shelling, ISIS, the animals being consumed for food, Laith and a handful of others, kept watch and found ways to take care of three lions, a bear and her cub, a handful of monkeys and birds. He also found a way to get them out of the Mosul Zoo even though it meant never seeing the lion cub he raised again. This is an amazing story of how an animal lover without a background in veterinary science kept these animals alive with courage and love.
WWII is raging in London and fearing for the safety of their young daughters, the Royal family is separated and Elizabeth and Margaret are sent to a safe remote manor in Ireland. They are tucked away using false names and under strict security yet the chance that their identity is known could alert the Germans putting them in great danger. Even though they are homesick, the girls deal with their circumstances with their usual calm detached manner but the Duke of Edenmore, the girl's secret service detail (posing as a chaperone)and the Irish agent sent to keep them safe all feel anything but calm. Surely it would be simple enough to hide two little girls in the wilds of Ireland? While everyone feels the biggest threat comes from the Germans, it may be that certain groups in Ireland are not happy with the secret guests. Politics, a long-standing feud, a country divided and one miserable war feed into this account of what may have happened to the British princesses. For any WWII historical fiction fan and those who enjoy secret acts of heroism.
A post-apocalyptic look at love and loss. A young pop singer whose father controls her fame and future, a young woman who plans happy events but really isn't happy and a man who must now be a single parent to his spunky young daughter but can't get over the loss of his wife. Grief and opportunity for a fresh start after a global flu virus wipes out much of the population is the central theme of this story. This is a great choice for readers who usually don't get into dystopic fantasy because the problems of these characters work in today's pre-apocalyptic world.
This is the second book in the series and even darker and more mysterious than THE HAZEL WOOD. Alice is back from her other world and living half a life in London. She meets up with others from that world that have escaped but soon discovers that they are being picked off by a monster. She and Finch must find out what is going on and try to stop this new more dangerous world from being formed. A darker side of Narnia and all the best elements of gothic fairy tales, Melissa Albert creates a mysterious world that is as breathtaking and seductive as it is dangerous. For young adults but adults who love dark fantasy will leap into this with both feet.
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