Tuesday, April 5, 2011

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf is another great novel and page turner! The story revolves around two sisters who share a terrible secret and who have both suffered horribly because of it. Allison Glenn is attempting to start her life over after serving time in prison for killing her baby. Her sister Brynn is running away from Allison and everything that reminds her of her sister and the night that everything changed. To make matters worse, the girls parents have just about erased both girls from their lives and their home. The only family connection the girls continue to have is their grandmother, who accepts both girls for who they are and tries to help in any way possible. Allison gets a job in a book store and develops a friendly relationship with the owner and her family. She lives in a half way house and does her best to start over. Brynn is working part time and going to college and continues to refuse to see or talk to Allison. Why? The past comes back to reunite the girls once again and changes their lives forevermore. I highly recommend reading this book. You will not be disappointed.

Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg

Set in Texas, two sisters, Diane is eighteen and Katie is twelve, live with their strict, military father. He's always been a difficult man to live with, but things have become much worse for the girls ever since his wife died. Katie misses her mom terribly, so much so, that when things get too difficult for her, she lies under her bed and speaks to her mother, hoping she will come to her and tell her what to do with her life. When Diane makes a decision to move to Mexico with her boyfriend, she talks Katie into going with them, but on the way Katie decides this might not be a good decision.

Katie is a deep thinker which helps her to understand why people do the things they do.