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At least Demi had to assume it was. She couldn’t remember any other type of existence she might have been born into—only the one surrounded by rutted dirt, where she kept her head down and relied on her gut to know when to duck.
She was either brave or crazy, sneaking through those trees that hid the creek. It was probably the latter, considering the genetics of the self-destructive mother who’d left her to rot there… She shook it off, like she did every time she ran through those woods in a blur that would clear with the sight of his face. Dylan was worth the risk she blatantly ignored—he was worth everything, waiting down there by the water.
But as age and circumstance change him, she’s forced to realize it’s not an inherent madness swimming back and forth in her brain. It’s something else, something that controls everything growing in the fields she’s been strategically set in, and it proves she’s not a simple girl with roots in rural Iowa.
***MY HONEST REVIEW OF What Runs through the Heart***
Demi never knew
her mother. She was raised by her Aunt Jenna. Her Aunt’s husband John was an
abusive alcoholic who terrorized and beat Jenna and Demi. When Jenna started
school, she met Dylan, who also came from a dysfunctional home. As they grew
older, they fell in love. Their friendship had been a secret all along, to
protect Demi from John. Dylan and Demi make plans to run away and be married,
but as it draws closer, Uncle John becomes suspicious making it nearly
impossible for Demi to get away. But she has a secret weapon that even she is
This was an
enjoyable read, with an entertaining plot. The main character brought depth to
the drama that was her life. I liked the suspense scattered throughout, always
making me wonder how it would eventually turn out. In fact, it caught me by
surprise in the turn of events near the end. I look forward to continuing this
In September 1993, four generations of the Travis family gather to celebrate the 80th birthday of their matriarch, Isabelle. Reflecting on their experiences at the rustic family cabin set on a lake in the Chippewa National Forest, they talk of fishing for walleye, cooking the perfect beef roast, pulling pranks, making love, and living life abundantly over eighty years.
Simultaneously heart-warming and heartbreaking, the stories told by Isabelle, her daughter Ruth, and her grandson Eddie slowly unwrap secrets long held secrets long hidden deep in the Minnesota North Woods.
When Sam and
Isabella Travis bought property on Lake Dunbar in 1952, little did they know
the immenseness of the legacy they were creating. Three members of the Travis
family share many memories of their beloved family throughout six decades.
This was a
powerful read that had me wishing I was a member of this family. It had me
laughing, crying, and thoroughly enjoying all the memories shared. I felt their
shock and sadness, as well as their joys and pride, and felt like I was right
there with them. I didn’t want the stories to end. I am so glad that I got to
know this family, and feel I now share their memories as well.
This collection of three novellas chronicles the dramatic events from the founding of the first Martian colony in the middle of the 21st century to the first election of the Martian Republic in the 22nd century. "From Vermont to Mars" tells the story of ecological disasters on Earth that are the catalysts for the first emigrants to head to Mars. "The Red Planet Murders" continues the story by telling the compelling tale of murder and the reluctant investigator Achilles "Ace" Sloan who must solve the crime amid social unrest on Mars. "The Martian Republic" describes the political struggle between warring factions on Mars leading up to the first presidential election. Together, the three novellas are a sweeping, cautionary tale of a grand social and economic experiment on Mars. This work is also available in audio format on Audible.com.
If you enjoyed the trilogy, the author continues the saga in "The Red Planet President."
If you like
short stories that include the same characters, then you’ll like this book. It
is three novellas spanning through generations of two different families. It
begins with the reasons that many people are leaving Earth to live on Mars.
Then continues with the growth and dissention of Mars’ population.
This was an
enjoyable plot with several endearing characters. I liked following the Birch
family, and felt a connection to their simple life. It seemed to me that life
on Mars was in actuality no different than on Earth, minus the outdoor freedom.
As usual, politics get in the way, and the rich rule the poor. This makes the
story realistic to me, knowing that that’s the way it will always be. I loved
the description of the bookstore and its patrons. The identity of Mr. X was a
surprise that I wasn’t expecting.