Rather than slowing down in her old age, ninety-year-old Cara Conrad opens her heart and her home to a young woman and her son who need a bit more family help before launching into the world on their own. Cara's daughter Susan thinks her mother should be hiring a live-in caretaker rather than harboring relatives she's never met, but Susan's own daughter, her grandchildren, and her weight loss goals are keeping her so busy she can't sort things out at her mother's place. Next a mystery man shows up to court Cara, and by the time everything settles down, all the delightful characters in Cara's House realize it's never too late to welcome more love into your life.
Genre: Family Life Length: 420 Pages (1,021 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Sep 20th, 2020
Connie Henshall, wife, mother, rabbit-hole stumbler, and eternal optimist, battles to hold her family and home together through the strains of redundancy and ever-looming financial ruin. Her disastrous and at times comical attempts to find new employment test her confidence and her marriage to their limits. Yet sometimes salvation appears in the most unlikely of guises.
Lucky Dip is a light-hearted and hope-filled story of love, friendship, family, and the never-ending battle to keep an eleven year old daughter out of the make-up bag.
Genre: Family Life Length: 303 Pages (1,029 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Sep 19th, 2020
The novel takes place in in Lagerlöf's native Värmland and is about the tenant farmer Jan in Skrolycka and his daughter Glory Goldie Sunnycastle. He loves his daughter more than anything else, but after she moves to Stockholm at age 18, she stops sending letters home. The father sinks into a dream world where he imagines she has become a noble empress of "Portugallia", making him a great Emperor.
Genre: Family Life Length: 200 Pages (2,705 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Sep 19th, 2020
This is the first of four novels portraying the uplifting and timeless journeys of four generations of the Bird Family. This book is about the lifetime friendship between a seventy-five year old Holocaust survivor and an eighteen year old car accident survivor as well as their incredible experiences both before and after they met. Their will to live life to the fullest and capacity for love conquers all, even death.
The novel is based in part upon my own true story and recovery from a serious car accident.
An unlikely friendship is kindled when a young disabled man meets a Holocaust survivor.
In this short novel, Rosenfeld weaves together the tragic, yet inspiring stories of two unlikely friends. Jonathan, 18, is a car-accident survivor and working to regain strength in his legs. Sarah, a Holocaust survivor with many emotional scars, searches for ways to live with a past that continually haunts her. When the two meet in a fitness-center Jacuzzi after swimming for rehabilitation, each opens up to reveal a tragic story of overcoming emotional and physical pain. Rosenfeld's novel moves quickly. The author advances the narrative and maintains momentum with the back-and-forth dialogue between the two characters. While the age difference between Jonathan and Sarah renders their relationship platonic, this age gap allows a distance that collapses all artifice. What the reader will find is a true sense of human connection between these characters--one that defies sex, gender and self-consciousness. At times, the reader may long for a more present-tense world. Much of the novel is occupied by back story, and the characters' present-time interactions are brief and in service to the delivery of past stories. Similarly, Jonathan and Sarah are often largely defined by their disabilities and past abuse, leaving little to present them as rounded characters except for their struggles and delicate treatment of one another. However, the author satisfyingly ...
Genre: Family Life Length: 157 Pages (410 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Sep 19th, 2020
"There is nothing in this world that forgiveness cannot heal."
Waya Ridge is a homeless man in his mid-forties who has no concern for anyone else -- only himself and where he's getting his next fix. He steals a bicycle from another homeless "friend" and takes off down the Pacific Coast Highway where a callous motorist rams into the back of the bicycle and continues on, despite sending helmet-less Waya flying headlong into the rocks on the cliffside just beyond the railing. It is a driver passing in the opposite direction who witnesses the hit-and-run and stops to rescue the broken man.
Thus begins a new journey down a completely different road for Waya Ridge -- and his sister, Ahyoka Ridge, who has issues of unforgiveness for her brother.
Genre: Family Life Length: 144 Pages (686 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Sep 19th, 2020