Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” —Groucho Marx

Monday, April 9, 2012

5B Poppy Lane by Debbie Macomber...a review

Odd time of year to be reading a Christmas story, but I had read all of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove Series except for this one, so, I just had to get it read.   Actually it was an added bonus to the paperback version of Debbie's Christmas in Cedar Cove.  It’s a sweet story and was written in honor of Debbie’s grandfather who served in WWII.  It features Ruth Shelton, a twenty something university student, opposed to war, but fully supportive of US troops serving their country.   She pen pals with Marine Sergeant Paul Gordon and the two fall in love.   However Ruth doesn’t want a military man for a husband.  She introduces him to her grandmother, Helen Shelton, who had a secret past as a member of the French Resistance during WWII.   So while Ruth and Paul struggle to overcome their pride and come to a compromise that will enable them to accept one another for better or worse, we learn of Helen’s secret past and the role she played in history.   It was a very nice short story and reminded me much of the stories written by Emilie Loring during the WWI and WWII settings and    even the Cherry Ames stories I had read as a child.   These writings gave added value lessons about patriotism, courage, doing right and having character.   I very much enjoyed this read.  Debbie's women's fiction books are not demanding but enjoyable and memorable as well as heart warming. 

Time to list my TBR list for the week or maybe the month...I have got to slow down!!

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

interrupted by Rachel Coker

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

The Devil in Pew Number 7 by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo



Glass said...

Thank you for following my blog! I'm happy that you put on TBR The Masque of the Red death because of my review!:)
glass @ I'm a reader, what about you?

Unknown said...

Thanks for your comment Glass. I am a reader who desperately wants to be a writer too...but I am stuck in a rut and getting nowhere fast for the writing part. Guess time will tell!