chocoluvr (chocoluvr) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

March Reads

25.  Mulberry Park by Judy Duarte This is a great story of how seemingly different people come together at the local park.  Clare comes to the park everyday for her evening run, especially after losing her son in a hit and run accident three years ago and after her husband had divorced her.  When a little girl who had recently lost her parents starts writing letters to God and leaving them in the tree Clare finds one of them and answers it for her.  She becomes closer to the other visitors to the park even becoming friends with them allowing herself to open up to other relationships.
26.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
27.  Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery  In the sixth book in the Anne of Green Gables series we see Anne as a young mother of five living children with one on the way.  We see more of the adventures of her and Gilbert's children rather than Anne's adventures since the series was geared towards younger readers.  She is starting to doubt Gilbert's love for her when her and Gilbert are invited to dinner with an old flame of Gilbert's.  The only thing was that her and Gilbert had sheltered her other children when she was expecting her seventh child that one of her children was scared that she was dying since they were not told of the new arrival.  Diana Blythe learns some hard truths about people.
28.  The Inheritance by Simon Tolkien This is a good crime suspense novel that is set inside the course of a trial and the events surrounding the trial of the murder of a famous professor by one of his own sons.  The police Inspector,Trave sets out to find out who was the real killer of Professor Cade.  The suspects have different reasons for wanting to kill the professor though the identity of the person who really killed him was a surprise.  You find out the relationship that the different suspects had with the murder victim and how the British court system worked in the late fifties.  The executions were carried out quickly, so the case was not wrapped up in appeals today like they are in today's American court system.
29. The Dog of the World by S.E. Karsnick
30. Snow in August by Pete Hamill  In 1940s Brooklyn Michael Devlin an eleven year old Irish Catholic boy and Judah Hirsch a Jewish Rabbi meet by chance where Michael learns about the Jewish faith.  Rabbi Hirsch teaches Michael about the Jewish faith, Kabbaluah and the traditions from his native Prague while Michael teaches him about American culture and baseball.  He also places references to Jackie Robinson in the story since he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers at that time and Michael is a huge Brooklyn Dodgers fan.  Unfortunately Michael has a run in with the local gang who is Anti Semitic so they distrust his relationship with the Rabbi.  Michael realizes that there is hate in both America and in Germany whose father had died in Belgium fighting the Germans. 
31.  Land of a Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagen  This book is told from the point of view of a young woman who had suffered brain damage as a result of an auto accident that had killed her parents. She captures the main character's point of view with her limited understanding of the world beautifully.  She finds the dead body of Buster Malloy who is planning on running for governor of Kentucky.  She plans on investigating the murder for her small paper that she publishes on her own in order to prove to everyone that she is Quite Right instead of Not Quite Right.  In the course of her investigation she uncovers family secrets.
32.  A Gift of Grace by Amy Clipston 
33.  The Ghost Road by Pat Barker  In this third book in her Regeneration trilogy the end of World War I is near.  Billy Prior is sent back to the front in France while Rivers is suffering from the flu.  While suffering from the flu Rivers remembers his work in the South Pacific with a tribe that has a culture of death.  She does go back and forth from the two different points in time effectively and between the two different point of views.
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