Kristie Plank

Stories Of Second Chances

Have a few hours to spend reading?  Both of the following books are about love, families, redemption and second chances. One is a debut novel, the other by a well-known author. Souvenir (2008) by Therese Fowler may have been around for 10 years, but it was her first and is still just as relevant and…

It’s All About The Secrets

The Secret Rooms (2012) by Catherine Bailey was recommended while I was searching for a summer read through the thousands of titles on Tanglewood’s library shelves.   I wanted a quick read.  A fellow reader handed me this title.  She assured me it would read like a novel. Right away let me say, The Secret Rooms…

Page Turners For The Beach

If you enjoy a family saga, you know, the kind that could lead to an ongoing TV soap opera, try Thorn in My Heart (2003) by Liz Curtis Higgs).  It is the first of four books about the lives of two brothers and two sisters. The Lowlands of Scotland is the setting of Thorn in…

It Has All Happened BEFORE

If you have seen the movie version of Me Before You, you should still read the book. If you have not seen the movie, read the book. Me Before You (2012) by JoJo Moyes is not strictly a romance novel regardless of the title.  It does have some touching moments one could label romantic, but…

Here Is An Idea!

The population may be down during the summer months here at Tanglewood, but we know there are always a variety of things happening. At least according to what we read in TWRTimes.com, Nextdoor Tanglewood, and see on Facebook good times are happening all the time in our community. From what those of us on the…

Delightful Reads New And Old

Tissue Alert:  Tears of laughter, joy, sadness, and even anger may result from the reading of Wonder (2012) by R. J. Palacio.  Along with the alert, I can also guarantee you will fall in love with 10-year-old August Pullman. Wonder opens with Auggie explaining to the reader how he does all the things that ordinary…

Darn Good Reads

Postcards, we have bought them, sent them, received them.  And sometimes, ones from days gone by show up when sorting through boxes or when used as a bookmark.  That is exactly what happened to Kate Pheris and daughter Devin in Lost Lake (2014) by Sarah Addison Allen. Lost Lake, located in southern Georgia, near the…

Get Out Your Walking Shoes

Sit back and get ready to enjoy a quiet and gentle read in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012) by Rachel Joyce. Harold, 65 and recently retired, was only walking a letter to the mailbox at the end of the road.  At least that was his intention.  He had written a simple note to…

Serious Serial Readers Take Note!

If you are looking for a series you have not yet read, I suggest you pick up Still Life, a Chief Inspector Gamache novel, by Canadian author Louise Penny.  You will not be disappointed. As with many series it seems like a good idea to start with first one published.  I did not because #2,…