What Makes A Good Book?
By Hillary E. Peak
For me, a good book is simple. It is one that makes me think about it long after I've finished, I may not remember everything about it, but it stays with me, deep in my soul.
I've loved to read for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I read mysteries from England - The Secret Seven. I can close my eyes and think back to wanting to taste ginger beer - which is what they drank in every book. Admittedly, I was disappointed when I had it, but I still remember thinking about it. I dreamed about going to Narnia, prayed it would happen.
When I was in junior high and high school, I carried a book everywhere I went. (Now, I carry a Kindle - say what you will, but I LOVE the convenience of having all the books I've ever wanted with me at all times.) Some of those books I still own. I loved Christopher Pike - he is the reason I still watch and read everything with a vampire. I remember a book about witches (I can't remember the title), but the girl puts on boots that can step leagues at a time. the imagery was so vivid, I still think about it.
Later, I couldn't put Beach Music down. The sting of the Holocaust tattoo remains in my mind. The death of the captors in Bel Canto can bring tears to my eyes. I want to save the animals in Water for Elephants. Books are friends; book are places to visit and times to explore. I guess that's why I want to write - to be part of that world and to touch people they way I've been touched.
About The Author:
Hillary E. Peak is a recovering idealist. She became a lawyer to change the world ans is still somewhat shocked that it didn't occur. Now, her goal is to retire from practicing law and write novels that people love. She is currently a practicing attorney in the District of Columbia. She lives with her family in Alexandria, VA.
Buy The Book: Wings of Hope
Book Description: Wings of Hope
The bond of a father and daughter is special. The letter said he was dying, that's all Jules Weinstein knows when she leaves her life in San Francisco and moves to New York City to be with her father. When Jules' father asks her to come stay with him because he's terminally ill, she goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel, or saved the life of a Black Panther.
Wings of Hope is a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life through his conversations with his daughter. Little does she know that by getting to her father, she will find herself. While her father struggles with whether his life was meaningful, Jules discovers that her father's last gift to her is the ability to reach for her dreams. Her journey teaches her that death and "the goodbye" is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life.
Book Excerpt: Wings of Hope