Jan Stafford Kellis

Book Reviews

The Boston Girl

For those who’ve read other Anita Diamant books, this one is completely different from her others, but that won’t be a surprise as they’re all different and fabulous in their own right. This book is written in the style of a one-sided interview. A grandmother, Addie Baum Metsky, is telling…

The Aviator’s Wife

  The is a work of historical fact-based fiction. The author did piles of research, including reading the diaries of Anne and Charles Lindbergh, and she used real events and a few fictionalized events to weave this engrossing story of a marriage in the spotlight of the world. When they…

The Outside Boy

The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cummins plops you down in 1950’s Ireland, where Christy tells his own coming-of-age story. It begins with the death of his grandfather, and the slow spilling of long-held family secrets. Christy and his family are travellers—gypsies—who live on…

7 Secrets of the Prolific

The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block by Hillary Rettig My rating: 5 of 5 stars Hillary Rettig delivers everything she promises within the covers of Seven Secrets of the Prolific. I consumed this book alongside two fiction selections, and reading…

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a collection of stories designed to illustrate how others experienced the path to a true calling. In reading the stories, you’ll discover some ideas that might aid you in determining your own calling in life.…

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Perfect by Rachel Joyce My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s 1972. Schoolboy friends Byron and James are fascinated by the necessary two-second adjustment to the time—apparently, two seconds must be added to the clock to maintain correct atomic time. On the day the seconds are added, Byron’s mother takes…

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the story of Emily Shepard, homeless and on the run after a nuclear power plant meltdown in northern Vermont. Her parents, employees of the plant and fatalities of the meltdown, are blamed by the…

Songs of Willow Frost

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a heartbreaking story about William, orphaned at the age of seven, and the difficult path that brought his mother to the moment when she had to give him up. It takes place in Seattle in…

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult My rating: 5 of 5 stars Those of us familiar with Jodi Picoult’s books are in for a treat: Leaving Time is different than anything else she’s written, yet it still retains some of her signature touches. The multiple narrators, the disturbingly real characters, the…

A Rip In Heaven by Jeanine Cummins

This is the true story of the brutal rape and murder of the author’s two cousins, Robin and Julie Kerry. Her brother, Tom Cummins, witnessed everything and somehow survived. The attacks occurred in 1991 on the Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis when Cummins was sixteen years old. She…