I haven't reviewed books in a while because, to be honest, I've been reading quite a bit of twaddle.
I discovered author Deborah Smith. She writes Southern romance novels (think Pat Conroy of Prince of Tides fame). Her books are not my usual fare and have some bad language and sexual scenes. I did enjoy The Crossroads Cafe, a sweet story about two people who have faced tragic losses and learn to live and love again together. I also read A Little Bit Guilty, which was a pure twaddle romance about a big city lawyer who meets up with a cowboy come to live in the big city. Smith's characters are very believable and enjoyable.
I also read A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman. This was a Christian romance, and I was not impressed. The action was very predictable. The writing style was rambling. The characters were not very appealing. And the sex/romance was couched in "Christian" ramblings. I actually preferred the Smith books even though they had some scenes I don't usually read because at least they were honest!
The last book I finished was The Homeplace, the first in a series by Gilbert Morris. I always enjoy Gilbert Morris's historical fiction. This series is about the Freeman family living during the Great Depression. The family suffers some major losses and is held together by Lanie the oldest sister. In this first book, we watch Lanie grow to young womanhood while caring for her younger siblings and working hard to hold her family together. The Morris books are never very deep and are rather predictable, but the characters and story lines are enjoyable.
Currently I am reading Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs as part on an online Bible study group. I am also reading Saving Sailor by Renee Riva. I haven't gotten very far, but it was a Kindle freebie and it looks promising. For my Classics of the 20th Century reading, I am currently reading Democracy and Education by John Dewey. It is rather eye opening as I am learning about how our modern system of public education has been shaped. It is particularly making me thankful that we homeschool!