My grandmother has tons and tons of books. She is slowly sifting through them to decide which to give away to family, which to donate, and which to keep. I, of course, was granted the permission to go through the give away pile first. Not because of any reason other than my mom has already read the books in the book room, and I’m the biggest reader next to my grandmother and mom.
I got some great books from her, and I’ve really expanded my reading from my usual reading of the best author, Greg Iles. Between my grandmother’s book and my community book club, my reading selection has grown. I’ll make further reviews of some of those books.
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The book I’m currently reading is A Painted House by John Grisham*. This is my first John Grisham novel (gasp – I know!), and I’m loving his style of writing. He develops the characters well, thickens the plot, and leaves enough mystery that it keeps me flipping the pages. Overall, it was a light and easy read with engaging entertainment. Out of five stars, I give it a 4.
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Taken from the Amazon website:
“Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers — and two very dangerous men — came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.
A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless baby is born … and someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives — and change his family and his town forever….”
From the Amazon website:
“Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, John Grisham was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby–writing his first novel.
Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books’ protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients’ case, earning them a jury award of $683,500–the biggest verdict of his career.
When he’s not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.”
The novel, A Painted House, has been written into a TV movie by the Hallmark channel. The main actors include Logan Lerman, Robert Sean Leonard, Aarija Bareikis, Scott Glenn, and Melinda Dillon.