March 25, 2008

Book Review: Shenandoah Album Series

This is actually the first of four books in the Shenandoah Album series written by Emilie Richards. The others are titled Lover's Knot, Endless Chain and Touching Stars. I've read the first three in the series, but not the fourth.

What I really enjoyed about these books as a whole is that they take place right in my back yard...Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Mountains. So different towns and places she mentions are places that I am quite familiar with. I guess that makes it more interesting. I also enjoyed them because it deals with family issues in such real terms...the emotions and reactions each character has to the events around them are very relateable.

So let me review the three I've read.

Wedding Ring - This was by far my favorite of the three. It delves into the lives of three women -- Tessa, her mother Nancy and her grandmother Helen -- and the circumstances that bring them back together after years of estrangement. While dealing with present-day problems, they also come to terms with what drove them all apart in the first place.

Lover's Knot - After surviving a traumatic mugging in Washington DC, the main character, Kendra, leaves her husband and estranged marriage and recovers in his grandmother's cabin in the Shenandoah Mountains. It was very well written, exploring the past and how decisions made then affect life today.

Endless Chain - Out of the three, this one did not hold my interest for very long. It revolves around a local pastor and his relationship with the local Hispanic population, and with one woman in particular.

While these books are in one series, you don't have to read them in any particular order. The same characters are in the books, but the stories themselves are independant of each other.

Overall, the books are extremely well-written and very enjoyable to read. And now that I have just found out she has written a fourth novel, you can be sure I am going to look for it.

1 comment:

  1. I think I may have to go pick one of these up just to see if I like it. I always like seeing and reading things that I'm at least a little familiar with.


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