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The Alarming Letters from Scottsdale by Warner Law
Brother by James Fredericks
Bubbles Betrothed by Sarah Strohmeyer
Bunny Modern by David Bowman
Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille by Steven Brust
A Day With My Dad by Lance Waite
Dirt: An American Campaign by Mark LaFlamme
Divine Freefall by Beth Wiseman
50/50 by Dean Karnazes
Game Widow by Wendy Kays
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
How the Day Runs Down by John Langan
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
Margarettown by Garbrielle Zevin
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Memphis: Objects, Furniture & Patterns by Richard Horn
The Minutemen's Witch by Charles Coleman Finlay
The New Writer's Handbook by Ted Kooser
One Crossed Out by Fanny Howe
The Once and Future Celt by Bill Watkins
Peter Hatches and Egg by Louise Bienvenu-Brialmont
Raindrop Plop! by
Ripley Under Water by Patricia Highsmith
A Skeptical Spirit by Albert E. Cowdrey
Smash Trash by Laura Driscoll
Sunsets and Shooting Stars by Rick Seidel
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
Uh-oh, Calico! by Karma Wilson
We Come Not to Praise Washington by Charles Coleman Finlay
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann Schwartz
Zodiac by Neal Stephenson

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Book 4: Chapters 28-37
Book 4: End of Part 1

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Comments for Divine Freefall

Divine FreefallDivine Freefall: 12/24/08

Divine Freefall (2000) was one of the first books I got through Bookcrossing. I liked the cover art (still do) and the blurb on the back cover sounded good to me (still does) but the execution of it just doesn't work for me. Maybe if I'd made the time to read it back in 2003 when I first had gotten it, I would have enjoyed it.

Melanie Dow is back at the family farm to settle her mother's estate. She comes across a young man performing a strange nightly ritual in the family barn and leaving daisies in a coffee can for her in the morning. A night of passion with the stranger forever changes Melanie's life.

My first problem I had was Melanie's motivation. She would act and think one way for a bunch of pages and then do an about face for the next couple for no apparent reason. Her friendship with Becka was too strongly based on whatever the ideal female friendship is supposed to be. In other words, Becka is introduced as Melanie's friend for talking about men and sex (or the lack of having any) and painting the nails and all that fluff. That's not real friendship. It's not believable and a terrible introduction for a character who ends up playing such an important role.

My last quibble with the book is purely cosmetic. The book uses some odd spellings and other odd grammatical things. It reads like it was written by someone who had heard the words and phrases but had never seen them written down. The most annoying of these in the novel is "Mam" for "Ma'am." It's a colloquial version of madam and should be written as "Ma'am."

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