Book Review and Visiting Author, Shirley Tucker – Diamonds in the Dust

Diamonds in the Dust
A Review by Mary Barrett

“The moment she had reached down and hauled Moses out of the box she had unwittingly changed the course of her life.  How could she explain the paradox of the most wonderful, frightening, energizing, helplessly-hopeful time of her life?  She’d taken a detour in her life and found her way back only to find the single thing about her that remained the same was her name.”

~ Excerpt from Diamonds in the Dust

For two years, Ida Morgan has locked herself into her safely fenced home and garden, mourning the loss of her husband and the end of her chance at happiness in life.  Now a widow living in South Africa, she discovers a child floating in the river at the bottom of her garden.  A huge storm had brought down one of Ida’s trees, and that barrier led to a complete change in her life.

Ida imagines that all the evil dangers in life are like a porcupine coming at her with quills fully extended, and she shrinks back in fear.  When she is forced to act in spite of her fears, she feels as though she was in a war, and “interestingly, the war told her she was alive.”

The book Diamonds in the Dust is both a heart-wrenching and faith-restoring novel of how people’s lives are often changed beyond their imaginings.  While this novel has strong messages of morality and the consequences of good and evil, the author keeps the focus on character development and plot movement rather than on proselytizing.  The result is a moving and thought-provoking novel that I’d highly recommend.

Join us this Thursday, August 16th, as Shirley Tucker – author of Diamonds in the Dust – presents in the library auditorium to discuss this book.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Book Review – Pretense

A Review by Kay Aune

Pretense, by Lori Wick, is a Contemporary Romance novel that covers the family dynamics of the Bishop sisters as they move from childhood into early adulthood.  Though their physical appearances are varied, their ties to each other are strong.  As the young women face the trials in the modern world, the strength of their unique talents will shine and show their equally unique natures.

In Pretense, we meet eight year old dark-haired, grey-green eyed Mackenzie (Micki) and her blond, blue-eyed, slightly younger sister, Delancey (D.J.) as the two girls and their parents face work, coupled with spiritual and emotional stresses.

Mackenzie is a strong athlete and a leader like her father.  She is thoughtful in nature, a book lover, and a story writer.  Delancey is emotional and beautiful, a gifted artist and into karate.  As the girls enter their teens and early twenties, we feel for them as they face many of the life situations of fun times, losses, togetherness, and emotionally distance.  Choices are made and some lead to heartache, and some to happiness.

This reader found herself crying, laughing out loud, and feeling very satisfied with this story.  Not religious, but full of basic Christian values.

This book is available in the Rochester Public Library in traditional format and large print.