Staff Favorites

Davis Bunn
Reviewed by Janice
The Turning

The Turning by Davis Bunn was a novel I couldn't put down.  Bunn wove together the stories of six people who were joined together to oppose a man who was power hungry with the message, "Hope is Dead."  Find out how the man tried to accomplish this message and what happened to each of the people whose lives became forever changed. 

Patience Bloom
Reviewed by Donna D.
Romance is My Day Job

Most people would think that someone who reads love stories for a living would have her dating life well in-hand. But such is not the case for Patience Smith, editor of Harlequin romance novels. As a teen, prompted by her roommate, Patience picks up a Harlequin book and is immediately hooked. She falls in love with the male leads and tries to manipulate all of her real-life romantic opportunities into mirroring scenes from her beloved novels. Each attempt is more unsuccessful than the last and thus we wind up at the beginning of her biography, reading about her speculations as she sits on the train and explains why, despite her occupation, she is still single at 40. She reflects on some of her great loves (and their eventual endings) and in the process we share in some of her unique experiences, such as her time living in Paris, her employment as a French teacher, and her adventure writing her own romance novel. Then one day she receives a message from Sam, a boy who was her real life romantic hero for a night when he rescued her from a Sadie Hawkins dance gone bad in high school. The only problem is that now, nearly twenty years later, he lives thousands of miles away. Can Patience and Sam find a way to make their relationship work? Find out by checking out the book at Acorn or requesting it through SWAN!

Orson Scott Card
Reviewed by Acorn Patrons

I am a huge Orson Scott Card fan, probably best known for his series about Ender Wiggin which was just turned into a major motion picture last year called Ender's Game, but this story is far from the science fiction realm.  It chronicles the biblical story of Sarah and Abraham in the book of Genesis from Sarah's point of view.  I liked that there were a lot of the bible stories that I grew up hearing about like Lot and his wife, and how Sarah laughed.  I really like that he focused on what a strong woman Sarah was to have gone through life unable to have children in a day and age when that was how a woman's worth was measured.  It was a beautiful love story and exactly the caliber of writing I expected from Orson Scott Card.  I would definitely recommend this title, and many more of his too!

~Stephanie Kapaldo, Acorn Patron

Jennifer Nettles
Reviewed by Donna D.
Jennifer Nettles

Jennifer Nettles, a member of the country duo Sugarland, takes a lot of heat from critics for her production of this solo album.  She attempts to create a soulful, bluesy feel to several of the tracks on this disc, including “Me Without You”, “Thank You”, and “This One's for You”. These ballads throw Nettles fans for a loop as they are used to more up-tempo beats from her, such as “Stuck Like Glue” and “Somethin’ More”. However, it can’t be disputed that “That Girl”, the song for which the album is named, is perhaps one of the best songs on the CD. Those of you who are familiar with Dolly Parton might remember her song “Jolene”, in which she begs Jolene not to take her man, even though she can. Nettles’ track “That Girl” responds to Parton's song by playing the role of Jolene and assuring listeners that she is not a homewrecker and doesn’t want Parton’s man. Personally, I think some other great tracks include "Good Time to Cry" and "Like a Rock", but if you're looking for a song with a more humorous feel and a faster pace, I would recommend "Jealousy". In this case, I don't agree with the assessment from critics that because Nettles strays from her customary upbeat tunes, this album isn’t good. I think that while it does push her range, she does a great job with all of the songs on the disc. You can decide for yourself by picking it up at Acorn or requesting it through SWAN.