The Briskness of Fall by Kelly F. Barr

The Briskness of Fall
by Kelly F. Barr

Fall comes in
With a chilly breeze;
I am enthralled by a ballet
Of dancing leaves.

Through leaves on the ground
Playful, busy squirrels scamper;
In my front yard, robins abound
Fueling their bodies as temps become damper.

Soon they’ll fly south and others will follow.
As the cold winds blow, less songs the birds sing
Will reach my ears as I stay warm; my heart a bit hollow,
Until robins and warm breezes return in the spring.

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White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick

White Chocolate Moments by [Wick, Lori]

This is the third Lori Wick book I have now read, and of the three, I have to say this is my least favorite. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it, but I did struggle with some of it.

Arcineh Bryant is the main character and in the first couple of chapters, some of the things that happen are written so quickly and with little detail that it jolted me a bit. Arcineh’s grandfather is a main character in the book as well, and his character frustrated me quite a bit. He seemed to contradict himself quite a bit.

However, as I reached the final third of the book, I began to understand some of the characters better, and cared for them more. I would say the last third of the book was the best part.

Lori writes complex characters. However, I sometimes think they are too odd and it takes a while to understand why they are the way they are.

I will continue to read books by Lori Wick, but my favorite so far, remains Sophie’s Heart. Those characters never seemed odd to me. They seemed realistic based on their circumstances, and I know different people react differently to their circumstances. I guess I just don’t know anyone who reacted to circumstances the way some of the characters in her other books did, which made them seem odd to me.

If you’ve read any of the three Lori Wick books I posted about between my post last Monday and today’s post, did you find any of the characters odd? If so, in what way?

Misty and the Children by Kelly F. Barr

Misty and the Children
by Kelly F. Barr

Lots of voices float through the air;
The laughter of children tickles my ears.
Multiple grades and ages; as Misty sits and stares.
Her tiny head and ears twitch at the sounds of the dears.

Misty’s little body usually trembles and she barks loudly
For she was a rescued dog and people cause her fear.
Right now she sits alone, upright, proudly
Until the chattering children draw near.

Then she rises, body shaking, as she moves away.
The younger children would like to touch her
But she runs to her owner where she stays
As she watches and in her throat rumbles a “grrr”!

Double Book Review

When I was talking books with a friend, she mentioned some of her favorites are written by Lori Wick, and when I said I’d never read any of Lori Wick’s books, my friend said, “Oh, you have to.” Then she loaned her copy of Pretense by Lori Wick to me.

It didn’t take me long to get hooked on the story. It follows the life of a family of a military husband, his stay-at-home wife, and their two daughters who are about eight and ten years old at the beginning of the book.

As the two daughters, Mackenzie and Delancey, grow, they have to face many changes and challenges. Throughout these changes and challenges, they rely heavily on each other. Like anyone else, they make some bad choices that have lasting effects upon them and cause them to struggle with trusting people.

Lori Wick did a great job of creating characters that I cared about, sympathized with, and cheered for. Sometimes I also was frustrated with them and found one of them a bit odd. The story definitely kept me turning pages and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

 

Sophie's Heart by [Wick, Lori]

As soon as I returned Pretense to my friend, she handed me Sophie’s Heart by Lori Wick, and I have to say that I LOVE this book!

In this book, Lori Wick created such endearing characters that I fell in love with them immediately. I couldn’t stop reading because I NEEDED to know what was going to happen to these characters.

This story made me laugh and it made me cry, and those are always the books that capture my heart.

My friend loaned one more Lori Wick book to me recently, at the suggestion of her daughter, as it’s one of her favorites, and you can read about that one here on my blog next Monday. So my friend has made me a Lori Wick fan, but at this point, I can honestly say that, so far, Sophie’s Heart is my favorite Lori Wick book. We’ll see if that changes as I read more of her stories.

Have you ever read any books by Lori Wick? If so, which one is your favorite?