THREE LITTLE BOOKS
I was tagged by Nath this time with a book meme.
Rules: List and describe three of your favorite books that other people might not be familiar with. You are supposed to tag five people, but I'm not going to do that. If you are interested in doing this, please do!
HUMMINGBIRD by Lavryle Spencer
This is the story of a lonely woman who was raised to be proper and do the right thing at all costs. Everything changes when there is a train wreck and an injured man is put in her care. The question is whether or not the injured man is one of the train robbers who caused the wreck or just an innocent passenger. Who is Miss Abigail's patient?
I loved this book the very first time I read it. If you've never read Ms. Spencer then you're in for a treat discovering her books. They are well written and true to the time period she writes and wonderful love stories. A couple of her books were made into TV movies. The most popular was MORNING GLORY with Christopher Reeve and Deborah Raffin. As with Nora Roberts' film adaptations the book was much better and more in depth than the movie.
At any rate, I've recommended HUMMINGBIRD any number of times. Good book.
MILA 18 by Leon Uris
Mr. Uris' most famous books are EXODUS and TRINITY, which I've read and enjoyed, but not as much as this epic. Mila 18 is named for the ghetto the Nazis made out of one quadrant of the city of Warsaw, Poland for the Jews. It follows the story of different members of a family and how they each cope with the Nazi invasion and their response to it. The Polish Jews of Warsaw fought back and were among the first to get news and information out to the rest of the world about what was going on.
The book isn't for the faint hearted. Mr. Uris' books are well researched and historically graphic and accurate. I don't think I've ever cried as much in ANY book as I did in this one, but the story is riveting and compelling.
REDEEMING LOVE by Francine Rivers
While looking for links for my blog I discovered this book has been rewritten from its original Bantam release in 1991. The original is the book I read and recommend. The book is about a Christian farmer who decides on first sight that he has found his true love when he sees a prostitute walking down the street in town. The problem is Angel doesn't want to be saved or married or in love. Michael visits Angel in her room as a prostitute and tries to convince her to marry him. It isn't until she's badly beaten that she reconsiders her profession.
This is one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read and while at times it is hard to believe and see why Michael insists on loving Angel it speaks to a higher truth in all of us which is wanting to be loved flaws and all. REDEEMING LOVE is the last book Ms. Rivers wrote before turning her writing completely to inspirational. She wrote some wonderful western romances that are on my keeper shelf as well.
While REDEEMING LOVE and HUMMINGBIRD are certainly love stories, if you are a reader that likes your love stories spicy these probably aren't for you. They are both more traditional romances. However, I can assure you the writing and stories in these books are very well done.
There you have it. Three of my favorites that you probably didn't know about. What are yours?