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More Books I Read This Summer

Posted on: September 20, 2018

I was pleased to see that everyone enjoyed my list of book recommendations, so following my previous post, I wish to share three more books I read and enjoyed this summer. I have included a children´s book as I believe everyone should read a children´s book once in a while. It is amazing what you can learn.

No More Mulberries

No More Mulberries is a story of commitment and divided loyalties, of love and loss, set against a country struggling through transition.

British-born Miriam’s marriage to her Afghan doctor husband is heading towards crisis. Despite his opposition, she goes to work as a translator at a medical teaching camp in a remote area of rural Afghanistan hoping time apart will help are see where their problems lie. She comes to realise how unresolved issues from when her first husband was killed by a mujahideen group are damaging her relationship with her husband and her son – but is it already too late to save her marriage?

My review
I bought this book because I love reading stories that take place in the middle east. I was not disappointed. Mary Smith has written a wonderful story about cross-cultures, family, relationships and Afghanistan. The detailed descriptions of the land, people and culture are fascinating. The story is told through the point of view of Miriam, the main character, who is a wife, mother and medical practitioner. It is easy to identify with her as she struggles to maintain a home for her family in a culture so different from her life in Scotland. Miriam also has to deal with ghosts from the past and the feelings she has suppressed for too long which are having a negative effect on her marriage. This well-written book takes place in a troubled time just before the Taliban take control. Since the reader knows what will eventually happen, but the characters don’t, it keeps you on your toes and turning the pages. I highly recommend this book.

A Marriage of Convenience

Gerrie Hermann, aspiring rock star from a rich South African family, has an unusual proposal for Sophie Woods when he meets her for the first time in their university canteen. Strait-laced Sophie has never done anything out of the ordinary in the whole of her 19 years. When she decides to take Gerrie up on his offer she has no idea that her decision is going to affect the rest of her life in ways that she could never have foreseen, even in her wildest dreams.
My review
Sometimes one hasty decision can affect your entire life. Sophie doesn’t know what she is getting into when she agrees to marry wannabe rock star Gerrie Hermann so he can stay in the UK and pursue his music career. Can a marriage of convenience survive a botched up kidnapping, harboured secrets, lost dreams and undeniable heartache? An easy read with real-life characters set in the exciting London music scene and exotic Rio de Janeiro.

I Am David

David’s entire twelve-year life has been spent in a grisly prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. But when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. With his vengeful enemies hot on his heels, David struggles to cope in this strange new world, where his only resources are a compass, a few crusts of bread, his two aching feet, and some vague advice to seek refuge in Denmark. Is that enough to survive?
David’s extraordinary odyssey is dramatically chronicled in Anne Holm’s classic about the meaning of freedom and the power of hope.
My review
This is an amazing book. One that makes you think. It is cleverly written from the point of view of a young boy who has been raised in a concentration camp. He escapes but has to make his way in a world he knows little about. He gets by with his resourcefulness, honesty, and unique problem-solving skills. The book is written for children but is perfect for adults as well, as the topics of hope, forgiveness and sacrifice are universal and timeless. A must-read for all ages.
I know that TBR list is growing but here are three more to add!!

52 Responses to "More Books I Read This Summer"

Thank you again, Darlene. It is always good to have a book recommended by another writer and I agree with you about adults reading children’s books too. As a teacher and a mother, I did it all the time, including all the Harry Potter and Darren Shan series, as well as Roald Dahl’s collection: so glad I read them all!

As a mother and a teacher you get to revisit many old friends, don´t you? And visit new ones too! I didn´t read Charlotte´s Web until I read it to my daughter.

Thanks Darlene for the shout-out.

My pleasure! A good read.

Cheers! Glad you enjoyed it.

Reblogged this on Stevie Turner and commented:
Thanks to Darlene Foster for having included my book ‘A Marriage of Convenience’ in her summer reading list, and for the review.

What a great collection. Each of them–I want to read. I love the juxtaposition of hope and freedom for David who’s known neither.

Thanks Darlene, I am looking forward to reading them!

All three sound like excellent reads. Does “I Am David” take place after the fall of Hitler? Eastern European countries like Yugoslavia purged the country of ethnic Germans after the war around 1945. A friend of mine was 9 years old when she was and her family were chased from their homes and sent concentration camps. They weren’t Jewish. It’s a little known history. This story made me wonder if this is what happened to David. You didn’t mention a country.

I think you are right. The story doesn´t mention a country but it clearly takes place in post-war Europe so I assumed the concentration camp was in an Eastern Block country. I am David is a book you would enjoy, Patricia. It was written in Danish in 1963 and later translated into English.

It’s already on my list! Can’t wait. You might enjoy my friend’s adult memoir, Casualty of War, by Luisa Lang Owen. Attached is a C-span interview with her as it will give you an idea about that time period. She’s my opera buddy. https://www.c-span.org/video/?178310-1/casualty-war-childhood-remembered

Thank you so much. Her book sounds fascinating and it is something I have not heard much about. I appreciate the link.

Thank you Darlene. No More Mulberries is a terrific book. One of my favourites from last year. 🌼

Yes, an excellent book! Glad you agree.

Thanks so much for the shout out for No More Mulberries, Darlene. Stevie’s sounds intriguing and I like to sound of visiting Rio de Janeiro! I bought I am David for my son a long time ago, just at the time he was reading books on his wn so I haven’t read it. Must have a look on his bookshelf for it!

You are so welcome. I did enjoy your book very much. There is a lot of hidden meaning in I am David as there is in many kids books.

Reblogged this on Mary Smith's Place and commented:
Darlene Foster is sharing reviews of the books she has been reading this summer and I’m delighted she has given No More Mulberries a lovely review.

Thanks for the reblog!!

I loved ‘No More Mulberries’ , I like to read about places I am never going to visit, but should know more about.

Armchair travelling is a great way to see the world. Even better when it is part of an engaging story.

Thanks for another three good recommendations. They all sound interesting, and the first one in particular appeals to me. I could do with another couple of lifetimes, just for reading.

Me too. I know I will not live long enough to read all the books I want to. But I do love sharing the ones I enjoy with others. You would love Mary Smith’s book!

Thanks for the recommendations. I like when authors like you curate books; I’ll check to see if I can find some titles in the library. Thank you, Darlene!

I’m sure the library will I am David. I also am sure you would love it.

Fab reviews Darlene. I’ve read that book of Stevie’s and thoroughly enjoyed and Mary’s book is eagerly awaiting me on my Kindle. 🙂

I know you will enjoy Mary’s book too. So many books, so little time!!

I appreciate your recommendations Darlene. I’ve started listening to audio books on my drives across the prairies and they have been marvellous companions. Isn’t it fabulous that libraries lend e-books? I’ll have to see if these are available.

Audiobooks are wonderful, especially when driving. Hope you can enjoy some of these books. xo

I’m ashamed to admit I have hardly read at all in the last six months. That’s not like me! I’ll check out your book recommendations. 🙂

I have times when I get busy and don’t make time to read as well. I hope you enjoy some of these.

Great post! Thanks for sharing and giving the brief synopsis of story lines and your review! Much appreciated!

You are welcome. Happy to share my reading experiences.

All look interesting and are new to me, thanks!

Happy to share. Always great to hear about what others are reading and enjoying.

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All great reads all going on my TBR list! xo

I´m sure you will enjoy them!!

Number 3 sounds so good. I love to read about that era of history–so gritty and hero-producing!

Thanks for dropping by. I am David is all of that. Enjoy.

I’m so jealous how much you’ve been reading. I guess if I got off the computer, I’d have more time to enjoy books too!!
Thanks so much for these suggestions!

Like you I felt I was spending too much time on the computer and not enough time reading, so this summer I made a point of working on my TBR list. I barely made a dent but at least I read some good ones. Thanks for your comment!!

An interesting choice of books. It’s always good to see Mary Smith reviewed.

I have both Mary and Stevie’s books, Darlene. My TBR creaks and groans. I am so glad you enjoyed I am DAvid – such a wonderful book.

It was your review that reminded me I had the book. So glad I read it. My TBR is overflowing too!

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