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Mar 27, 2013
Central Park RendezvousCentral Park Rendezvous by Ronie Kendig

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A charming collection of stories that follow a family - albeit in a hopscotch fashion - through the Civil War, WWII, Vietnam and finally the Iraq War.  A special coin that pre-dates the Civil War is passed from father to son and carries a special meaning through the years.  At first I was confused by the layout of the book.  It starts with the most modern story and works its way back in time, with breaks back to the modern story.  But it works and it's a nice look at the changes - and the similarities - of people across time.  Suitable for any age, I highly recommend this one.

Mar 22, 2013
Deep in the Heart (Lone Star Legacy, #1)Deep in the Heart by Gilbert Morris

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I've enjoyed Gilbert Morris' books for many years, but this one fell short for me.  I realize it's book one in a series, but it didn't seem to go anywhere.  The characters are good and if you're interested in the history surrounding the Alamo - that's all good.  This author does history very well.  But I thought the plot was weak and the resolution didn't really deliver.  This won't deter me, however, from remaining a loyal Morris fan.  :)

Mar 18, 2013
Victory at Yorktown: A NovelVictory at Yorktown: A Novel by Newt Gingrich

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The third in their trilogy regarding George Washington and the Revolution - this is without doubt their best book.  Riveting for any history buff, the behind-the-scenes view of Washington's inner circle and the details of the siege are fascinating.  Woven in the midst is a heart-wrenching story of two friends caught on opposite sided of the battle. More than worth the read but should be read in order to understand fully the story of the two friends.  Highly recommend this trilogy!