chocoluvr (chocoluvr) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

December Reads

87.  The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman
88.  The Forgotten Child by Lorhainne Eckhart  Emily ends her loveless marriage and takes a job with Brad a rancher with an autistic child.  Emily and her daughter move into his home where she can care
for his son, Trevor.  At first Brad doesn’t notice that there is anything wrong with his son until Emily points it out for him.  The two of them develop feelings for each other until Trevor’s mother, Brad’s estranged wife shows up.  Crystal his wife makes trouble for Emily both in Brad’s household and around town.  Brad discovers the truth about Crystal’s motives in showing up in Trevor’s life when she had left him alone when he was just a baby.  Warning there are a couple of sex scenes in the book.
89.  Maternity Rolls: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Disability by Heather Kuttai  The author is a suburban mom though she is not your typical suburban mom since she is a paraplegic and uses a wheelchair to get around.  Throughout the book she does talk about her experience in being a wheelchair bound person and the frustration she experiences in living in society.  She did marry even though there were those who thought that she wouldn’t be able to find someone who would marry her.  In telling about her experience she does give both the pros and cons of being a pregnant paraplegic.  She does give enough information so that women with her disability can make an informed decision about whether or not to have children.  She is frank and honest about her experience and doesn’t sugarcoat it though she had always wanted to be a mom.  She told about giving birth made her feel like a woman, even though she felt that society didn’t see her in that way because of her disability.  She did put her health at risk in having her babies, especially her second child.  She does need to be open to the possibility that not every woman with her disability wants to put their health at risk in order to give birth to a child, that there are some women who would choose not to have children or doesn’t find a partner that she can bear a child with and that does not make her any less of a woman.  
90.  Under a Maui Moon by Robin Jones Gunn Carissa flees to Maui after losing her job and being uncertain about the future of her marriage.  She uses the time away to reflect on her future when she meets a man named Kai whom she considers having an affair with.  This book is typical of Christian fiction in how things with Kai play out in the story.  Carissa and her husband Richard remind me of Christy and Todd where the two of them met when Carissa was in high school and they married young.  This could be the plot line of a Christy and Todd book twenty years later.
91.  When She Woke by Hilary Jordan Hannah Payne’s life was devoted to church and family until she is convicted of murder of her unborn child.  In Hannah’s world abortion is illegal and is considered murder by the state of Texas.  In this world the conservatives have taken over running the United States and a new cabinet position, the Secretary of Faith.   Hannah starts an illicit affair with her pastor who eventually becomes the Secretary of Faith until she becomes pregnant and aborts her child.  She is convicted of murder and through melochroming she is turned red as an outward show of her crime.  Chromes are openly discriminated against in the country, even though some of them are only guilty of abortion and they are placed in the same category as someone who shot and killed another person in cold blood.  Hannah starts to question her beliefs even though before she became a Chrome she quietly questioned the church such as secretly making beautiful clothes that she wore in the privacy of her home since her religious beliefs mandated that women only wear long dresses.  She meets a group of pro abortion activists who try to get her to Canada safely where melochroming is illegal like the Underground Railroad during the slavery era.  We also see flashbacks with her relationship with Aidan the Secretary of Faith and how she got to where she is.  It is ironic that Hannah loses her virginity at a True Love Waits rally when she chaperones a group of teens from the church there.  There was a STD that caused women to become infertile which was an epidemic a few years before the book is set.  Hannah’s father blames the women for being immoral for contracting the STD that made them infertile though later on Hannah finds out that the infertile women aren’t entirely to blame for their infertility.  This book makes you think about the issue of abortion and what could happen in this country if the religious right took over.
92.  Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
93.  The Surgeon’s Engagement Wish by Alison Roberts
94.  A Secure Heart by Charity Parkerson This collection of short novellas focus on the staff and friends of a small security company.  The men meet women in interesting circumstances.  The ending does have a paranormal twist to it.  There are explixt sex scenes in the book.
95.  Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely This cozy mystery writer uses the works of Jane Austen as the background for her books.  This is a sweet mystery with a surprise ending.
96.  Love The One You’re With by Emily Giffin This book examines what happens if the one who got away comes back.  Ellen’s ex who broke her heart eight years earlier returns and strikes up a friendship with Ellen.   Ellen is given the chance to hear Leo’s side of the story of their breakup and to decide if she wants to stay with her husband.
97.  The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen  The town of Commonwealth shuts itself from the rest of the world in order to avoid the 1918 flu epidemic.  The book deals with both the moral and economic implications of the quarantine.  The book also falls during World War I and the draft that was imposed in America.
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