Random Reads: Cleopatra's Daughter, Oceans Apart, and Unlocked

My book club at church decided to read Unlockedby Karen Kingsbury. I'm not a huge fan of most Christian fiction because it's so lighthearted and shallow, but I would say this novel was a few steps above. It turned out to be a great choice for a book club because it covers several themes; autism, marital strife, self-esteem issues, bullying, suicide, lost friendships, and more. And it's based on a true story. Worth the time, great for a book/discussion club.

On my way to book club, I realized I was early so I decided to swing by the library. I ended up with another Karen Kingsbury, Oceans Apart. This book has to do with the fall-out of a one-night, extra-marital affair...and the little boy who's conceived as a result. Karen Kingsbury does a pretty good job of handling this topic, except for the declaration of the boy's mother that she loved the father of her child. Ummm, you knew him one night, hun. But, okay.

Cleopatra's Daughter
, by Michelle Moran was one of those can't-put-it-down books. This little history nerd loved it! I learned a lot about Cleopatra and her children, and Rome; it's customs, rulers, and history. Moran is one of those rare authors who's able to stay close to historical accuracy while fleshing out the characters and surroundings of that time. I can't wait to check out her other books.

Last, and by far the least, was the book Loving Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan. I love Jane Austen and this is nowhere close. Lathan snatched the characters from the pages of Pride and Prejudice and plunked them down in a cheesy Harlequin romance novel. I read two chapters and stopped. And that says a lot because I'm usually one to plow through no matter what, just to say I've finished it. If you have a hankerin' for more Jane Austen, find my previous entry on Darcy's Diary. Much better read.


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