Thursday, February 18, 2010

" NY TIMES BEST-SELLER"

I am by no means an expert on books, if I was I'd be an editor in New York! However I am pretty good at picking great reads. I think this comes from being a multi-genre reader of 50 years. I will admit there are a few genres I don't read such as sci-fy and certain types of romance. I like a little romance if there is a strong woman involved, such as Elizabeth Goodweather in Vicki Lane's 5 star series. Years ago I worked for a record company in Nashville picking singles. For those who don't know what that is, I'll explain. The artist records an album of say 12 songs. Usually the first single release has already been picked. I would get a copy of the album, listen to it several times and then I picked the song I thought was the best one on the album to be the next single. I had a pretty good track record for picking # 1 songs.

This past week I read 2 really awesome books by NC author Peggy Poe Stern.

Heaven -high Hell-deep and its sequel Above All. Both of the books in my opinion should have occupied the # 1 spot on the NY Times and Indie Bound Best-Seller lists!

I would categorize these books as literary fiction.











In Heaven-High, Laine Elder is a 14 year old (going on 30) mountain girl who knows nothing but hard work, her mother's mental abuse and the tragic heartbreak of her baby brothers death. To save her from her mother, her father forces her to marry a man much older. This book GRABS you from the first page and holds you tight till the end leaving you with an ache for more. With grit and determination reminiscent of Scarlett O'Hara, her love of the land will have you cheering her on

and turning the pages to see if she comes out the victor over the trials and tribulations of mountain life. Its cliff hanger ending made me thankful I had also bought the sequel Above All because I don't think I could have waited to find what happened next with Laine!






Above All is an equally great read that you cannot lay down!! At the end you say NO, I can't believe I have to wait for Peggy Poe Stern to write the rest of Laine's story! Thank goodness there will be 2 more books in Laine's story. These books are some of the best writing in print!

I would say run don't walk to your nearest bookstore but here's a shortcut which is your best bet to get these wonderful books. http://peggypoestern.tripod.com/id14.html

22 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks for the shout out, Carol! I'm looking forward to reading Laine's story!

Marguerite said...

Now that Mardi Gras is over, I will have time to read, again! Thanks for the great reviews, cher!

lakeviewer said...

Ah, you're the one with those instincts! Great. I shall put them on my list.

Nezzy said...

OOooooo my toes a tinglin', I'll have to check these out!!!

God bless and enjoy you many blessings!!!

Pat in east TN said...

I've read the first book and really enjoyed it, so guess I'd better put in an order for the second one.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Thanks, Carol... Both books look really interesting.

How's Hubby?
Hugs,
Betsy

Journaling Woman said...

Sounds like a great read.

KB said...

I need to try one of your book recos soon! I tend to read either highly intellectual non-fiction about animal biology OR brain candy, like Dan Brown's latest thriller. It sounds like your recos may be somewhere in between.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I'd say if they have your stamp of approval, they're "blue ribbon" winners.
I'm going to give myself the time to read both of these, and I'll get back with you, and compare our notes !
Hugs,
Jo

Reader Wil said...

Yes I also love those books Vicki Lane wrote about Elizabeth Goodweather. I am looking forward to her latest book! The books you mentioned will be on my list too!

ga.farmwoman said...

Hi Carol,
I use to read everything I could get my hands on when I was younger. It is funny to think now I am busier than I was then.
Heaven-High sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading. I will have to check it out.
Have a great weekend.
Pam

Katherine Aucoin said...

Just the way you critique the books, makes me want to run out and by them...on my way to Amazon!

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

I am headed to ebay to buy "write" now.
Love that name Laine. grabs me....
How a great weekend, sending sunshine your way
:)

La Belette Rouge said...

I love it when a series is so good that you just can't wait for the next one. That is a sign of a great series.

Callie said...

Thank you for the review!
It is always nice to get an opinion about a book before you buy.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

I have not read a good book in weeks now. Everytime I pick one up I put it down in disappointment. Beginning to wonder if I ever will find another good one.
Thanks for sharing these
Maggie

Morning's Minion said...

These sound like great stories. I'll look for them when I get settled after the great retirement move.
By the way: don't know if you do anything with fabric, but there is a line out now which commemorates GWTW. I flopped down for a few minutes this week with a Hancocks of Paducah catalog and there it is.

Deb Shucka said...

Thanks for the great recommendation. I can hardly wait to get my hands on these books.

NCmountainwoman said...

I love Elizabeth Goodweather. I read all four of them this winter and really look forward to the new one.

I also love picking out the best songs. That's one of the best things about an iPod...making playlists of the one or two songs you like best from a CD.

Elenka said...

Thanks for the info. I wrote them down....

Gaston Studio said...

Ohhhh, sounds like good ones... thanks!

Trixie Goforth said...

Hey, Biscuit!