‘When the Clouds Roll By: Till We Meet Again’ by Myra Johnson – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / September 26, 2013

‘When the Clouds Roll By’ is a s very touching, bittersweet story about how war affect everyone’s lives…not just those who are called to fight. It describes some of the physical, spiritual, and emotional battles which are fought even when the war has ended. This tale takes place at the very end of WW1, mostly in a small community in Arkansas. Annemarie and Gil have been childhood friends, then sweethearts, since they were toddlers.  A year before the story begins, Gill had proposed and given Annamarie a diamond ring.  However, in that year’s time, Gil’s letters had become less warm and Annamarie worried he no longer felt the same about her. Then he was injured badly in the war and determined he was not going to “stick” Annemarie with a “1/2 of a man”.  Against the pleadings of chaplain, Samuel, when the train arrived, he warmly greeted his family but totally ignored the anxiously waiting Annemarie.  Almost immediately after the greeting, the awaiting ambulance hauled Gil, Sam and other injured, sick patients to the local Veteran’s Hospital. Gil met Sam on the way overseas in the ship they were sent to the states in.  Sam was encouraged by Dr. Russ…

‘Cintani Bird: Search for the Assassin’ by J L Cash – Book Reviewed by LAWonder10
Young Adult Books / September 26, 2013

Cintani Bird is a tale about Sophie and Lucca, lifelong childhood friends, and their ensuing relationship and the adventures they experience. Lucca and Sophie went on a bike ride and picnic, in spite of her mother’s objections to the impropriety her, alone with Lucca, and no chaperone.  Lucca had a special excursion planned, plus, an accompanying surprise.  They rode through a village and down a path, while Lucca recited to her all the superstitions and tales told by their parents and grandparents, the whole time.  They ended up at the Tower, of which all parents warned their young ones to stay away from, claiming it was cursed.  They proceded to the top of the tower, where they had lunch and could view the whole island.  Later, Lucca concluded the adventure with his surprise – a concealed cave.  They went down the steps of a ladder where, at the bottom, a lantern was located.  Lucca led Sophia through dark, narrow tunnels and eventually to a special place – the surprise. The story increases in action as the adventure takes an unexpected, threatening, turn of events.  They are approached by frightening, yet kind strangers, who assist them and their community in various…