Friday’s Reviews

Saint Padre Pio: In the Footsteps of Saint FrancisSaint Padre Pio: In the Footsteps of Saint Francis by Michael J. Ruszala

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A brief biography of St. Padre Pio. I didn’t know a lot about him, and I found this very interesting. It’s amazing to me, that a man who was alive during part of my lifetime has been canonized a saint. Being a cradle Catholic, I went to a Catholic elementary school before Vatican II. We learned much about the saints and I was awe struck. I still am. But the veneration of saints when I was a little girl in St. Francis of Assisium School, was something I still wish was practiced. One of the most important things of my faith is that we have the Communion of Saints to lean on. If God has favored them so much as to make them saints, why would we not ask them to intercede for us?

For those of you who do not understand the concept, I will attempt to explain. When Jesus was at the wedding at Cana, Mary, His mother, told him they had run out of wine. She went to Jesus. He asked her what that had to do with Him, that His hour had not yet come. But, didn’t Jesus turn the water into wine? If Jesus responded to His mother by doing something about the situation for her, why would we doubt that he would respond to her interceding for us. Make no mistake, this is not to say that we only go around the block, so to speak, to ask Our Lord for our needs, but we ask the saints as well.

OK, back to the review. It’s a quick read for anyone who is interested in knowing more about St. Pio or saints in general.

Peace Lily (The Katherine Wheel, #2)Peace Lily by Alex Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Katherine Wheel Series and it did not disappoint. Life after WWI takes up in Wiltshire, England. Katy and Jem are struggling to resume their married life while living with her parents in a very crowded house. And Cassandra and Douglas are struggling at the Manor with her not very nice mother.

Douglas has had it and returns to Boston, not sure if he still wishes to marry Cass. He sends for her and she takes Katy with her as her personal maid. Things get a little out of hand and Dounglas’ friend rapes Katy. Doug’s sister walks in on the rape and is furious that Fred does not return her feelings. Being a mean an spiteful woman she writes to Cass’ mother that Katy is having an affair with Fred.

The fireworks continue. Douglas and Cass return to England. The rest of the story continues with the struggles of two families finding their way in a changing world. I loved it.

Speedwell (Katherine Wheel, #3)Speedwell by Alex Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the Katherine Wheel series and I can tell you it’s just as good as the first two. After Cass’ husband is killed racing, there is trouble between she and Kate. Kate’s business flourishes and she and Jem begin to make their fortune. At the same time, Cass is faced with the daunting task of selling off more land and watching the Manor slide from it’s glory. Cass has a terrible time getting over her loss and begins to resent Kate’s success. I really enjoyed this series.

The Inn at Eagle PointThe Inn at Eagle Point by Sherryl Woods

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Chesapeake Shores series by Sherryl Woods. I have read a couple of the books in this series, but out of order. This series is about the O’Brien family. Mick who is a world renowned architect was responsible for designing and helping to build this little community in Maryland. His five children have grown up here, but without their mother because she left when she had had enough of his absence. Her youngest was 7 years old at the time.

This first episode begins with the youngest, Jess, buying the Inn at Eagle Point. She has ADD and gets into financial difficulties and calls on her big sister Abby to come help her out of this jam. Sparks fly when Abby goes to the bank to help Jess and discovers Trace. He is her old flame who she left in Chesapeake Shores when she went to New York to find her dream job on Wall Street.

Sparks fly, and romance ensues. It’s a feel good story.

Raining Men and Corpses (Raina Sun Murder Mystery Series #1)Raining Men and Corpses by Anne R. Tan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is the beginning of another mystery series. A fun easy read. Raina Sun, a Chinese American had moved to Gold Springs to escape her family in San Francisco and get her advanced degree. She becomes embroiled in the murder of her ex-boyfriend/advisor for her graduate program. This involvement brings her face to face with the love of her life Matthew. To complicate things more, her best friend Eden is a newspaper reporter and gets involved too. She comes home pne day and finds her grandmother in front of her apartment with her suitcase. She gets her senior friends from the local group involved in sleuthing as well. There is murder, betrayal, mystery, and humor in this book. I look forward to reading more of this author.

That’s it for this week.  Read something good today!