Worth by A. LaFaye

November 18, 2017 by Cindy McCanHistorical Fiction | No Comments

Farming in the late 1800s was backbreaking work full of uncertainties. Worth describes the difficulties of farming, the fragility of life, and the conflict between farmers and ranchers for land during the pioneer years. Nathaniel Peale, 11, lives on a Nebraska homestead with his parents.  He takes pride in the …

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Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick

November 11, 2017 by Cindy McCanAdventure | No Comments

This is an especially timely book; Texas and Florida are still reeling from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Zane and the Hurricane captures many of the difficult situations that people face before, during and after a hurricane. Zane Dupree travels from New Hampshire to New Orleans to get to know his …

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Crow by Barbara Wright

October 26, 2017 by Cindy McCanHistorical Fiction | No Comments

I did say I was presenting only one book per state, but once I listened to Crow I knew I had to include it as well. Crow tells the story of the only successful coup d’état in US history; the only time a non-elected group overthrew a legally elected government. …

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The Lawyer by John Ellsworth – Promising but Falls Short

October 19, 2017 by David McCanThriller | No Comments

The Lawyer by John Ellsworth is a legal thriller that takes place in Chicago and features a criminal attorney, Michael Gresham, who ends up being played by one of his clients. The story has a few unexpected twists and Michael negotiates his relationship with his ex-wife, the people he is defending, …

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Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

October 14, 2017 by Cindy McCanChristian Fiction, Historical Fiction | No Comments

*Stella Mills’ character is loosely based on the author’s grandmother who grew up in a small, segregated African-American town similar to the fictional town of Bumblebee. Like the protagonist in the story, Sharon Draper’s grandmother enjoyed writing by moonlight.  Narrator Heather Alicia Simms’s rich and expressive voice is a perfect …

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Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm

October 6, 2017 by Cindy McCanHistorical Fiction, Humor | No Comments

There are so many good audiobooks that take place in historical Florida! Many of the books I’ve listened to so far are serious in tone and deal with important but tough issues. This laugh-out-loud book was a nice change of pace. Note: Full of Beans is a prequel to Jennifer …

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The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

September 30, 2017 by Cindy McCanHistorical Fiction | No Comments

The Birchbark House is the first in a 5 book series written by master storyteller Louise Erdrich and inspired by her own family’s history. The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich follows 7-year-old Omakayas and her family throughout a calendar year, season by season.  We meet Nokomis, her beloved grandmother; Deyday, …

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