The Love Ceiling by Jean Davies Okimoto It’s possible that the fact that I was a ‘late bloomer’ is one of the reasons I really liked this tale of a woman of a certain age coming into her own.  Annie struggles to come to terms with her life, her desires and the needs of her family.  We see life through three generations of Annie’s family as she searches for fulfillment as a person and artist in her own right.

Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Nivens. Velva Jean’s goal in life has been to sing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Her life in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the late 1930’s doesn’t lend much hope to that goal.  Reality, of course, gets in the way. With an early marriage to a strict and unbending man. Learning to drive her brothers old pick up truck, and a steadfast belief in herself gives her the hope of finding a way out.

The Drunkards Path  by Clare O’Donohue. A pleasant ‘cozy mystery, Nell steps in, gets in the way and solves problems as we discover who actually murdered the two yong women and a family is reunited in the end.