“The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope” by Rhonda Riley
Spring 2013…The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley for Harper Audio.
From the Back Cover
In the waning months of World War II, young Evelyn Roe’s life is transformed when she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier, all but completely buried in the heavy red-clay soil on her family’s farm in North Carolina. When Evelyn rescues the stranger, it quickly becomes clear he is not a simple man. As innocent as a newborn, he recovers at an unnatural speed, and then begins to change—first into Evelyn’s mirror image, and then into her complement, a man she comes to know as Adam.
Evelyn and Adam fall in love, sharing a connection that reaches to the essence of Evelyn’s being. But the small town where they live is not ready to accept the likes of Adam, and his unusual origin becomes the secret at the center of their seemingly normal marriage.
Adam proves gifted with horses, and together he and Evelyn establish a horse-training business. They raise five daughters, each of whom possesses something of Adam’s supernatural gifts. Then a tragic accident strikes the family, and Adam, in his grief, reveals his extraordinary character to the local community. Evelyn and Adam must flee to Florida with their daughters to avoid ostracism and prying doctors. Adrift in their new surroundings, they soon realize that the difference between Adam and other men is greater than they ever imagined.
Intensely moving and unforgettable, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope captures the beauty of the natural world, and explores the power of abiding love and otherness in all its guises. It illuminates the magic in ordinary life and makes us believe in the extraordinary.
“Princess Posey and the Next-Door Dog” by Stephanie Greene
July 2013… Princess Posey and the Next-Door Dog by Stephanie Greene for Recorded Books, LLC.
Although no one else knows, Posey has been afraid of dogs ever since she was knocked down by a big dog when she was tiny. Whenever Posey feels challenged, she dresses in her
princess outfit featuring a pink tutu. When she hears loud barks coming from the new neighbor’s yard and decides to meet the dog, she dresses appropriately to help overcome her fear. Posey successfully rises to the occasion – with a little support from her clothing.
This early chapter book is practically perfect. The text is understanding of a child’s viewpoint without being patronizing. The print is large with generous white space between the lines and around the pages. The soft pencil illustrations are humorous. This is just one of a fine series of gentle adventures.