#BookReview: Vanished

My Review Mark Bierman‘s novel Vanished opens in a Haitian prison with a game of cards turned violent, followed by an earthquake. The chapter ends with the escape of a prisoner who will play a pivotal role in the novel. Enter young widower Tyler and his father-in-law John, two Americans newly arrived to help build … Continue reading #BookReview: Vanished

#Bookreview: Zahara and the Lost Books of Light

My Review Zahara and the Lost Books of Light opens with a gripping scene from the Spanish Inquisition. In a moonlit plaza in Granada, “The smell of incipient violence taints the air.” Although a dozen severed earlobes hanging from the Arc of the Ears bear witness to the loss of human life that day, the … Continue reading #Bookreview: Zahara and the Lost Books of Light

#Bookreview: Born of Love

Review of Born of Love Born of Love by Rita Baker opens with a gripping scene of a young woman who has just hurled herself into the sea off Ellis Island. As the icy water numbs her, she recalls the shock of learning that her parents withheld her true heritage from her until she was … Continue reading #Bookreview: Born of Love

#Bookreview: Borders in Paradise

Review of Borders in Paradise James White’s Borders in Paradise opens in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow in West Hollywood, California. The year is 1939. The tiny bungalow is the Gaines family’s version of paradise, after twenty-two-year old Juno (John) and his brother Chassy (Charles) “ran away from that den of thieves and malcontents in Texas … Continue reading #Bookreview: Borders in Paradise