It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

Ok, I think I am suffering from some sort of summertime illness, that prevents me from reading and posting-ugh!!  I know I have been slow, but I am having such a nice relaxing summer!!  I vow to try harder this coming week.

Reviews Posted-

The Prodigal by Michael Hurley-https://turnthepagereviews.com/2013/07/17/the-prodigal-a-review/

Books Finished

(posts to follow soon)

The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren

This book was really great- can’t wait to review it!

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The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

Love this author!!!

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Currently Reading

The Rathbones by Janice Clark

a Goodreads Giveaway!

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Up Next

Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni

I read-and loved Angelology and have looked forward to the sequel

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&

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

I won this giveaway from Jennifer aka  Book-alicous Mama-Thank you again!!

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What are you reading this week?

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The Prodigal-a review

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The Prodigal

by Michael Hurley

published by Raggerbag Press

2013

I received this books through Goodreads Giveaways programs in exchange for an honest review.

Summary

The Prodigal tells the story of Aidan Sharpe, a troubled lawyer trying to rebuild his life on Ocracoke Island, who finds love and destiny when an abandoned schooner thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago drifts ashore. While struggling to come to terms with his own failures and his growing affection for Molly, an enterprising towboat captain, Aidan is drawn into a 2,000-year-old mystery that unfolds with the reappearance of the ship.  (from Goodreads)

My Review

In this debut novel from author Michael Hurley, the story of the mysterious ship named the Prodigal is intertwined with a cast of characters on Oracoke Island, NC.  We start with what seems a fable, of a gypsy princess who runs away with her true love, a salior, on board an amazingly powerful boat.  we then switch to present day.  When hot shot lawyer Aidan Sharp makes a mistake in a major case, he finds himself suddenly left with nothing.  His mentor sends to him stay with Father Marcus, a Roman Catholic priest in charge of a tiny congregation in Oracoke Island, on the Outer Banks.  Father Marcus is a bit of a renegade himself, and feels it is his job to help the lost souls who find themselves on the island with nowhere else to go.  One of these is Sarah, a woman who showed up years before on the beach totally naked.  Father Marcus gives her a small boat to live on and helps her survive.  Also helping Sarah is Molly, a spunky tug boat captain who is trying to survive in a man’s world.  When Sarah disappears into the Atlantic on her small boat, Aida, Marcus, and Molly, along with their friend Ibrahim ( a Bahamian on the run boat worker) set out to search for her.  As she disappears before them, they happen upon an abandoned boat.  Father Marcus digs into the origins of the boat and is amazed at some of the stories surrounding her.

This was a very well written book that surprised me with the changes in the story.  Just when I thought I had a good idea what type of book this was, the story would change, subtly, and head in a different direction.  I thought the characters of Aidan and Father Marcus were very well written-these felt like men I might have known.  As I grew up on a boat every single weekend fishing with my dad, I loved the descriptions of being on the water.  As the story moved into sailing and racing, I was a little confused by all the terminology, but never felt lost, as I moved along with the feel of the words.

Rating 4 out of 5

Sunset on a northern island beach (Ocracoke Is...

Sunset on a northern island beach (Ocracoke Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina, United States) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s Monday- I am back and posting again!!

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Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

I am back from an AMAZING vacation in Bermuda with my husband and want to thank everyone for the well wishes!  We had a wonderful time- here the view from our cottage 🙂

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I want to stare at it all day…..

ok- back to reality-Here is what reading I have been up to-

REVIEWS POSTED

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini-https://turnthepagereviews.com/2013/06/26/and-the-mountains-echoed-by-khaled-hosseini/

The Last Original Wife by Dorthea Benton Frank-https://turnthepagereviews.com/2013/06/27/817/

FINISHED

The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whalen

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CURRENTLY READING

Summerset Abbey by T.J.Brown

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The Prodigal by Michael Hurley

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UP NEXT

The Rathbones by Janice Clark

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The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren

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Whew!  Back into the swing of things in this lovely heat wave in NJ!!

What are you reading?  I would love to hear from you!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #8

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Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

Tough weekend- my son left to spend a month studying engineering in PA.  I will admit, there were tears-mine.  So, on to the books-I sound like a broken record when I say AGAIN, that I wasn’t that into reading that much this week. so, here is what happened-

This week, I finished-

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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I reviewed-

Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay

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https://turnthepagereviews.com/2013/06/19/sight-reading-a-review/

I am currently reading-

The Last Original Wife by Dorthea Benton Frank

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And up next is-

The Prodigal by Michael Hurley

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For 2,000 years, Christendom has believed that faith and penitence are the narrow gates through which all who seek heaven must pass, and that the church on Earth holds the key. What if a forgotten relic, hidden inside an abandoned ship thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, suddenly reappeared and cast doubt on that belief? Who would seek to use it? Who would seek to destroy it? And whose lives would it forever change? Aidan Sharpe, a disbarred and penniless lawyer trying to rebuild his life on Ocracoke Island, finds love and destiny as he seeks the answers to these questions.

What are you reading this week?