Jan Stafford Kellis
What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot by Liane MoriartyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I spent the last three days engrossed in the story of Alice and her sudden memory loss.  It begins when she falls off her bike in spin class;  when she comes to, she believes it’s 1998 (it’s actually 2008)…

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. RowlingMy rating: 5 of 5 stars With a vast cast of characters, The Casual Vacancy plunges the reader into the small town politics of Pagford, its slum area The Fields, and its bigger, brighter neighboring town of Yarvil.  The characters are all well-developed, and even…

The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig

The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig

The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan DoigMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Ivan Doig tells a grand story, and this one made me yearn for Western small town life (normally unappealing to me).  The Bartender’s Tale is about a legendary bartender named Tom Harry and his son Rusty.  Rusty’s mom abandoned…

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’FarrellMy rating: 4 of 5 stars The Hand That First Held Mine is a tale about motherhood, of course, and love of all types, and strange twists of fate and malice.  The story follows two sets of characters:  Ted and Elina, who…