Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hard Way Home, The Postmistress Book Reviews - Awards! This and That

Brrrr, its so cold outside! Fall seems like it flew by and winter has set in.
I've been so busy, between homeschooling my son and my job I haven't had much time to do anything else.  Longing to snuggle on my couch, wrapped in a blanket, reading.
I have to admit tho, I've been watching a lot of TV shows.  My fav. House MD , Bones, CSI (CSI Las Vegas, Miami and NY), and some others. So reading has been sparse.
I've also been playing some online games with my son, since he doesn't have any friends to play them with. Cafe World is one of them, on Facebook.

So , I'm currently reading a very good book.  When I first started reading it, I thought, "oh no, a war book!" But I stuck with it and finding its very hard to put down.
Its called  Hard Way Home by Dennis Wesley Clark  - Thirteen POW's in Vietnam find out about a "purge"  and must escape to save their life. They each have to decide their escape plan , either by walking home,  walking to Thailand and turn themselves in or escape out to see.  What I like about reading this was the pictures. Pictures of the country, the diagrams, the routes. It helps in visualizing the scene.
There are some very sad parts and parts where my heart was racing, anxious and scared!  The back of the book says " This fact based fiction novel leaves the reader questioning what is real, what is fiction, and what is possible."  Thats what I'm wondering! Its definitely a powerful story.  I haven't read the end yet and I'm anxious to see what happens. There is also a sequal  novel, The Grudge and I can't wait to read it.  I highly recommend reading these.
 From his website:

Dennis Wesley Clark accumulated a diverse set of experiences that uniquely prepared him for insightful story telling. As a youth he came familiar with the high Sierras and the wilderness of northern Canada. Later he lived in Costa Rica, Honduras and Venezuela learning the language and culture. He served in the Army in Vietnam. As an artillery Staff Sergeant he worked at the bases along the DMZ in the light artillery and later as ‘tactical combat advisor’ on heavy caliber anti-craft weapons used in a ground to ground role. In college he graduated top in his class in Finance and later earned a MBA. He worked in the aerospace and defense industry at various locations in the USA and England specializing in fixing ‘broken operations’ and later consulting. He visited Eastern Europe shortly after the departure of the Russians seeing the impact of their occupation. Now, as a novelist, expect this unique background to be woven into stories that will tantalize you with weave of combat, industry, and diverse cultures.

Thank you Mr. Clark for allowing me to read these wonderful novels.

I'm also reading a book for the Barnes and Noble First Look club. Its called
by Sarah Blake.  From Barnes and Noble:  

Filled with stunning parallels to today's world,  The Postmistress
is a sweeping novel about the loss of innocence of two extraordinary women-and of two countries torn apart by war.

On the eve of the United States's entrance into World War II in 1940, Iris James, the postmistress of Franklin, a small town on Cape Cod, does the unthinkable: She doesn't deliver a letter. In London, American radio gal Frankie Bard is working with Edward R. Murrow, reporting on the Blitz. One night in a bomb shelter, she meets a doctor from Cape Cod with a letter in his pocket, a letter Frankie vows to deliver when she returns from Germany and France, where she is to record the stories of war refugees desperately trying to escape.

The residents of Franklin think the war can't touch them- but as Frankie's radio broadcasts air, some know that the war is indeed coming. And when Frankie arrives at their doorstep, the two stories collide in a way no one could have foreseen. The Postmistressis an unforgettable tale of the secrets we must bear, or bury. It is about what happens to love during wartime, when those we cherish leave. And how every story-of love or war-is about looking left when we should have been looking right. 

About the Author
Sarah Blake lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, the poet Josh Weiner, and their two sons.

So far I haven't really gotten into it. I've only read a couple of chapters but it seems like there's so much much going back and forth, I  get lost and have  to make notes . But after reading the chat, I'm not alone and people have said after they got past the first few chapters it got better.  I hope it does!  If your interested in reading the chat, the link is here.  

I also owe a HUGE  apology to Laurel-Rain Snow and to Sassy .  They sent me awards quite awhile ago and I'm just now posting about it!

Thank you so much Laurel for the Dragons Loyalty Award! What a beautiful picture.

The Dragon's Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just a someone who follows and comments regularly.Here are the rules:

* If you have a blog, post it on your blog with a link back to the site who gave it to you.

* Leave them a comment on their site, email, etc. to let them know.

* If you don't have a blog but have a website, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other type account, post there with a link back.*

And thank you Sassy!! For the wonderful Humane Award.  

The Humane Award is for:
This award is to honour certain bloggers that are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn't for them, my site would just be an ordinary book review blog. Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a daily basis. I thank them and look forward to our growing friendship through the blog world.

I will have to do the nominations at another time. Thanks again to both of you!

Best regards,


Rose DesRochers said...

Thank you for another great post.
I look forward to many more entries with high quality info.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Wow, these books sound really good! And the cover on "The Postmistress" is eye-catching.

You are so welcome for the award. You are definitely a top commenter on all my blogs, which I greatly appreciate.

As a new blogger, I get so excited when someone visits regularly and has something to say after the posts.

Book Bird Dog said...

Sound like interesting books. Wish I had time to read all the books I hear about from bloggers!

Natalie W said...

I'm the same way Laurel! Love getting comments :0)
Thanks Book Bird Dog & Rose :0)

Sassy Brit said...

No need to apologise, I just realised I have some too LOL So, thank YOU, for reminding me.

And you deserve the awards!! Congratulations.


Sassy Brit said...

oooh meant to add, Mr.Clark's book sounds brilliant! Thank you for introducing me to yet another new author (to me!)


Anonymous said...

Congrats to you! And I can join the "I am far behind on acknowledging my awards" club. Ugh!
I haven't start Postmistress for the B&N book club. I hope it picks up for you!

Lisa said...

I'm really enjoying The Postmistress and find the writing every bit as beautiful as the cover. I was sad to have to put it aside for awhile because of reviews I had to get up on my blog and book club reads. Can't wait to finish it.

Natalie W said...

Hi Lisa! I'm starting to get into now, it took a little bit! Glad your liking it.
Thanks Sassy & Christine!

Zia said...

I read The Postmistress and my friend is reading it too and we both feel the exact same way. There are other things too but to err of the side of caution about spoilers I'll stop saying anything heh