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10. "Snowfall at Willow Lake" by Susan Wiggs 4th book of The Lakeshore Chronicles

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The fourth story of the Lakeshore Chronicles is the love story between Sophie and Noah. Sophie is an international lawyer who was in a hostage situation which made her rethink things and now she is in Avalon where her children reside. Noah is the local veterinarian.
Their relationship starts off physical.....

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If Books Could Kill: A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle

5 stars - Love this mystery series.

Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright is attending the world- renowned Book Fair when her ex Kyle shows up with a bombshell. He has an original copy of a scandalous text that could change history-and humiliate the beloved British monarchy.

When Kyle turns up dead, the police are convinced Brooklyn's the culprit. But with an entire convention of suspects, Brooklyn's conducting her own investigation to find out if the motive for murder was a 200-year-old secret-or something much more personal.

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On vacation, reading more than usual, and my computer connection was down - catching up!

18) Life Blood by Thomas Hoover 3 stars
Film-maker Morgan James wants a baby, but when a charismatic fertility doctor offers her a chance, it may cost her life at his hidden Central American clinic. emoticon

19) My Wicked Vampire by Nina Bangs 4 stars
At the Castle of Dark Dreams, you can get your fantasies fulfilled - all play, right? Tell that to 600 year old Dacian and botanist Cinn Airmid who has intelligent plants! Nina always writes hot sexy books, and this is no exception emoticon emoticon

20) Lonestar Sanctuary by Colleen Coble 3 stars
Widow Allie Sider is being stalked, and those close to her killed. She escapes with her 5 year old daughter, Betsy, to the Bluebird Ranch, a sanctuary for abused horses and kids. Foreman Rick doesn't trust her at first, but made a promise years ago to Allie's husband to protect her. (Romance story - guess how it ends?) emoticon

21) Grave Illusions (Jess Vandemire, Vampire Hunter) by Lina Gardiner 3.5 stars
Jess was bitten and turned before ex-cop John Brittain (Britt) was born. She heads up a black ops unit in NYC fighting a sudden insurge of vampires who are killing people. Jess & Britt are attracted to each other, but will the attraction turn to repulsion when he learns her true nature? (Kick-butt police/vampire/romance) emoticon emoticon

22) Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks 5 stars
Continuing the "good Vamps vs Malcontent bad vampires" series. Connor is almost 500 years old, and has seen his fellow Vamps fall to love. He thinks it will never happen to him, until Marielle, and angel cast out for disobedience (but not a fallen angel) arrives, trapped in a beautiful human body. (romance/vampire) emoticon emoticon

23) Never Forgotten (A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery) by Terri Reid 3 stars
Paranormal PI Mary's budding romance with Police Chief Bradley Alden is threatened by the "curse" that has killed a dozen uniformed men (law, fire, EMS) in the area. A secondary plot is abused women. emoticon

24) Not What She Seems by Victorine E. Lieske 3 stars
NY billionare Steve Ashton runs away from his frenetic shallow life to meet "real" people. He meets single mom on the run Emily Grant - and her secrets threaten them both. emoticon


25) Final Jeopardy by Linda Fairstein 4 stars
High powered Sex Crimes Prosecuter Alexandra Cooper loaned a movie star friend her Martha's Vineyard summer home - and Isabella is shot and killed. Was the intended victim Isabella or Alex? How is investment banker and Alex's boyfriend Jed Segal tied into it? Is it someone Alex prosecuted? Thank goodness Alex has friends! (crime procedural) emoticon

26) Saving Rachel (A Donovan Creed Crime Novel) by John Locke 4 stars
Sam Case starts his day with his mistress, how great is that? But, it goes downhill from there - twisty fast confusing but exciting plot with nothing what it seems. emoticon

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Behemoth - Scott Westerfield 6*
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Great book "atwoosie". I've read all the books he wrote. I found one a couple years ago written by his brother called "A brothers Journey" . Couldn't really get into it though. What an awfull life that guy had growing up! He seems to have overcome and is making the best of his adult life though-

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5* The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman

This is a collection of short stories about the town of Blackwell, Massachusetts; taking place from the founding of the town in 1750 up to the present day. Each story builds on, but does not follow, the events and the characters from the previous stories. Another common thread through the stories is a garden with red soil, that will only grow red plants and flowers. The stories have a bit of a magical quality to them, mixed with realism, and part historical fiction.

I really enjoyed this book, and seeing how the town evolved and grew over the years. I also liked the sense of family history that connected the stories. I only wished the book were a little longer, so I could have "visited" the town of Blackwell a little longer.


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I loved this book SO much!

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The Sheikh’s Ransomed Bride – Annie West - 3.5*
The Greek’s Chosen Wife – Lynne Graham - 3.5*
Married by Arrangement – Lynne Graham - 3.5*
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Am having computer problems - not getting SP emails. Hope this'll solve it. Going to library tomorrow - have another bunch to get that've been on reserve a few days.

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I just finished "The Know-It-All" by A.J. Jacobs.
The author reads the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica in an effort to become the "the smartest person in the world." Very funny, enjoyable, and you pick up some factoids you never wanted to know.

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I have been doing rereads of books I read as a teen. I guess I am allowed since I turned 65 this month.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. 6 stars
It is surprising the different things that hit you when viewed from this end of the generation spectrum. Especially after reading her biography last month. So much of it was about the customs of the times but so much of it is a young girl's wishes and dreams. Of course it is shocking how much older the "young ladies were than they were in my generation. She was in her 20's when most of the story was taking place. I had imagined that she was in her late teens like me when I first read it. If you read this as a child reread it now that you have attained adulthood. It is such a strikingly different view that I read it this time.

So I went on to Little Women by L. A. Alcott 6 stars
Again I was shocked by the differences in culture between then and now. (Or at least my now when I was young.) They entertained themselves by writing plays and putting them on for their parents. We watched TV or listened to the radio. I suppose now they stick to the computers and IPhones with their games, chatrooms, and twitter and such. It is almost like a foreign language at times (both her times and the children of today). Again the "Little Women" were in their late 20s and early 30s when I saw them as teens like me when I first read it. I did like the idea of plays and things to entertain ourselves. I even remember putting one on during summer vacation once after reading it. What shocked me the most was the social infighting that was happening in her book. But as I look back on my youth I can see that that was not only during her generation but in all generations. It seems to be extremely bad right now with all the problems with bullying. That makes this story so much more relevant than I was even aware of as a youth. Very much worth the reread.

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury 5 stars.
Another coming of age book with a touch of the macabre. I read it for the macabre when I was younger but this time I saw the universal growth that all must go through. I enjoyed all the plot twists but mostly I enjoyed the memories attached to reading it the first time. Very much worth the reread.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. 6 stars
First time through this was a classroom assignment. Needless to say I just flew through it and barely gave it the concentration due it. This time I paid attention to the differences and similarities between the two cities and the interdependence of each on the other. I enjoyed it much more this time around. That is all that needs to be said.

Finally: Rocket Boy or October Sky by Homer Hickam 6 stars
I am reading this as part of the "One Book" plan through our library. I thought I hadn't read it as a youngster but I think I did read it as October Sky. This takes place during the beginning of the space race between Russia and the United States. I remember watching for Sputnik to go over each evening. I also remember the immediate spiking up of the science curriculum at this time. I was in 6th grade when he was entering high school but I was also interested in shooting off rockets. This is the story of growing up during this time and also the demise of the coal mining industry in West Virginia. An excellent story of both growth and death. Well worth the reread.


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A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer

This book is a memoir about a childhood of abuse. He was forced to do terrible things. His mother even tried to get him to lie on top of a hot stove so she could watch him burn. Please pray for Dave Pelzer and his family who are currently spokes people.

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Devil's Food Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke. 4

I love her books, they are fun to read and I never have to think too hard. A wonderful break for me from my busy life. And the recipes are always amazing. I've never had one that didn't turn out. Can't wait for the cookbook to come out in October!

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova 6*

A Harvard cognitive psychology professor is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease at the age of 50. Over the next two years we see the progression of the disease and its effects on Alice and her family. Beautifully written.

I've read this book twice. The first time was shortly after my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Reading it again, after having educated myself on AD and dealing with it on a regular basis, I saw things a bit differently - perhaps more deeply, more clearly. Even if you don't have a friend or family member with AD, this is an amazing book.

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We Are All Welcome Here" by Elizabeth Berg ****

In 1950, Paige Dunn is a 19 year old wife 9 months pregnant with her first child when she contract polio and is placed in an iron lung. Becoming the first woman in the country to successfully give birth while in the lung, Paige is a quadriplegic who is nevertheless determined to raise her daughter, Diana, by herself (her husband can't deal and divorces here shortly after the birth) and live as normal a life as possible. Against all odds, she manages with the support of her tough-talking, loving, black caregiver, Peacie.

Now it is the summer of 1964 in Tupelo, Mississippi and Diana is caught up not only in puberty and the mystery of boys, but also in the early days of the Civil Rights Movement and the increasing responsibility she is forced to assume in her mother's care. Adversity, Freedom, Trials, and Responsibility all come into question as all three women in the house look for the balance between giving and taking. A thoughtful, well-written novel that actually has a real woman as its inspiration.

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5* Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding by Jessie Sholl

This is a true story. Jessie Sholl is a writer living in New York, when she gets a call from her mother, who tells her she has just been diagnosed with cancer. Jessie returns to her hometown of Minneapolis to help her mother prepare for her surgery, and to get her affairs in order. That is a difficult task for any adult to face, but Jessie has the additional burden of a secret she has tried to keep hidden all her life: her mother is a compulsive hoarder.

I had an aunt who was a hoarder, only back then, I did not know it was called hoarding, or how widespread it was. I just thought at the time my aunt was "messy" and "eccentric". My aunt passed away over a year ago; she spent the last 7 years of her life in a nursing home after a major stroke. Even her small room in the home showed signs of hoarding. Reading this book, I could see a lot of aunt in Jessie's mother, and I gained a deeper understanding of why my aunt was the way she was.

I could feel Jessie's shame and pain over the situation, but I could also tell that she really loved her mother, and she just wanted her to have a happy and normal life. Her mother's hoarding had far reaching consequences, even in New York; after a few days of cleaning her mother's house, she picked up scabies from an infestation there, and didn't know it until she was home and had passed it on to her husband.

This was a fascinating book; Jessie told her mothers story with honesty, some gentle humor sprinkled in, but not in an exploitative way.
Jessie struggles with dealing with her mother's disorder, and trying to find a way to live with it without having it consume her own life. It's not simply a book about a "messy house", it explores the reasons behind the disorder and why hoarders are the way they are.



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The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova 5***** Very long book about art and psychology. If you are interested in painting, this is a good book for you.

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[Signature]Reviewed by Katharine WeberElizabeth Kostova made a dramatic debut in 2005 with her megabestselling The Historian. The first debut novel to hit the New York Times bestseller list at #1, The Historian has been published in 44 languages, has more than 1.5 million copies in print, and there's a Sony film in the works. A hefty, quirky, historical vampire thriller that took 10 years to write and for which a reported $2 million advance was paid, The Historian has managed through sheer bulk and majestic grandeur to confer upon itself the literary weight of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, even as it offers up some of the easy delights and generic writing skimps that put it on the Da Vinci Code shelf.The Swan Thieves revisits certain themes and strategies of The Historian, chief among them an academic hero who is drawn into a quest for knowledge about the central mystery, only to develop an obsession that becomes the driving force of the plot. Each chapter marks a point of view shift from the previous one, with the narrative shared among a variety of characters telling the story in a variety of ways. The events range from the present moment back to the 19th century of the painters Beatrice de Clerval and her uncle Olivier Vignot, whose intertwined lives, letters, and paintings are at the heart of the story.This time out, Kostova's central character, Andrew Marlow, has a license to ask prying questions as he unravels the secrets and pursues the truth, because he is a psychiatrist. (Before Freud, genre quest novels depended on sleuths like Sherlock Holmes to play this role.) Even though Marlow comes across as a sensible, trained therapist, after only the briefest of encounters with his newly hospitalized patient, the renowned painter Robert Oliver, Marlow develops an obsessive desire to solve the mystery of why Oliver attempted to slash a painting in the National Gallery. Marlow is himself a painter, and the Oliver case has been given to him because of his knowledge of art. But Oliver is uncooperative and mute, though he conveniently gives Marlow permission to talk to anyone in his life before falling silent. Oliver's inexplicable behavior, which includes poring over a stolen cache of old letters written in French, triggers what I can only call a rampant countertransference response in Marlow, whose overwhelming obsession becomes a strange and frequently far-fetched journey of discovery as he persists to the point of trespass and invasion. Is this the crossing of the ultimate border promised by the ARC's jacket copy, the enactment of the fantasy of one's therapist developing an obsessive fascination that blots out all other reality?Less urgent in its events than The Historian, The Swan Thieves makes clear that Kostova's abiding subject is obsession. Legions of fans of the first book have been waiting impatiently, or perhaps even obsessively, for this novel.


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Rediscover Catholicism - A Spiritual Guide to Living With Passion & Purpose by Matthew Kelly 5.5 *

I loved this inspiring and motivating book about finding our vocation in life and becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves. Part I: We Become What We Celebrate. Part II: The Authentic Life. Part III: The 7 Pillars of Catholic Spirituality. Part IV: Now Is Our Time.

Matthew Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker, best-selling author, and business consultant. To order a copy (pay shipping only) visit www.DynamicCatholic.com.

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The Cream Puff Murder - Joanne Fluke 4*s

Hannah, her family & friends solve another murder. I really like these books and usually they are a quick read for me.

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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver ****

Born in the US in the '20's to an American father and Mexican mother, Harrison Shepherd grows up in Mexico with his mother and her parade of 'protectors', in a series of ever smaller pied-a-terres. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers who teach him the secrets of working in a kitchen and allow him to run free in the streets. By chance he meets the muralist Diego Rivera and his wife, painter Frida Kahlo and spends the next 7 years living with them and their houseguest, Lev Trotsky. In casting his lot with the anti-Stalinist proponents of the workers' revolution, Harrison becomes the target of journalists who are loathe to criticize the dictator who has become a vital US ally in the war against Hitler. We follow Harrison through the rest of his short life as an idealistic writer and believer in the ultimate good of the people as he hounded by reporters blown by the winds first of political expediency and then by the vitrol of the McCarthy era. Kingsolver is uncompromising in her portrayal of a life tragically shaped by prevailing public opinion, an artist who at all costs remains true to his ideals.

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Stieg Larsson 6 stars

Excellent end to the Dragon Tattoo series! These books are very exciting and keep you reading long into the night!

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2010 As the finale to Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is not content to merely match the adrenaline-charged pace that made international bestsellers out of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. Instead, it roars with an explosive storyline that blows the doors off the series and announces that the very best has been saved for last. A familiar evil lies in wait for Lisbeth Salander, but this time, she must do more than confront the miscreants of her past; she must destroy them. Much to her chagrin, survival requires her to place a great deal of faith in journalist Mikael Blomkvist and trust his judgment when the stakes are highest. To reveal more of the plot would be criminal, as Larsson's mastery of the unexpected is why millions have fallen hard for his work. But rest assured that the odds are again stacked, the challenges personal, and the action fraught with neck-snapping revelations in this snarling conclusion to a thrilling triad. This closing chapter to The Girl's pursuit of justice is guaranteed to leave readers both satisfied and saddened once the final page has been turned. --Dave Callanan

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The Book Thief Marcus Zusak 5 Stars

Excellent book! It is suppose to be for young adults but I loved it! It's about Death (as the narrator) and a young German girl and her life and those around her, set during the time of WWII.

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Starred Review. Grade 9 Up–Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents. Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA

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I read Return of the King yesterday, and I feel like I spent the whole day plowing through a field by hand.

Heavy and emotional but amazing. I forgot how truly frightening some of the descriptions of Mordor are, or how moving the scenes of Gondor of Rohan.

And I went to a book store on Saturday that sells books by the pound. I am ready for the next few months of cuddling up with a good book.

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Death of a Bore by M.C. Beaton. 4 stars. OK, last Hamish Macbeth for me for awhile. This was a very good one though, laugh-out-loud funny with some sweet and ironic elements and a solid plot. And, I'm picking up quite the Scottish vocabulary!

Now, I'm back to my Life in a Medieval Cloister and listening to some British history off of BBC Radio.

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Girl in Translation, by Jean Kwok * * * * *
Kim and her mother immigrate to the US from Hong Kong, undergo hardships; living in an unheated condemned apartment in Brooklyn, working in a sweatshop in Chinatown. They are indebted to the mother's sister for paying for their passage to come to the US, but she exploits them horribly, and is jealous of Kim's obvious talents, when compared to that of her own children. When Kim figures out a way to bag 700 garments an hour- twice as many as the others, she pays them half as much per piece. Meanwhile, she excels at school, gets full tuition at a private school... There is also the extremes of going to a wealthy private school, then going after school to work at the factory, and the treatment she receives by her fellow students. A very good read!

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One Good Dog, by Susan Wilson * * * * *
This is a very moving story about a man who has hit bottom. He is unemployed because of something he did at work, and is sentenced by a judge to do community service work in a shelter, serving meals to the homeless. His wife has sued him for everything, his daughter doesn't want to spend time with him, and he realizes that he has no friends, because he only cared about getting ahead in his job. His life changes when he begins to care for a dog (a Pitt bull, damaged from abuse and fighting ) which unexpectedly comes into his life. Their lives are transformed.

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Sail
by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
****** (6 stars)

Sail is one of James Patterson’s most exciting novels – a page-turning, sure-to-please, can’t-put-it-down read. The book is filled with drama; surprises; and a superb, climactic ending.

Dr. Katherine Dunne is a successful cardiologist and mother to the mostly dysfunctional Dunne clan, consisting of daughter Carrie, age 18, bulimic and depressed; and sons Mark, age 16, a pothead with little ambition; and Ernie, a sweet 10-year old.

Since her first husband’s death four years prior, Katherine has found it difficult to combine a demanding career with raising children. In an attempt to bring the family together, Katherine arranges a two-month sailing vacation. The family embarks on what the children dub “mom’s guilt trip from hell” with Katherine’s former brother-in-law, Jake, at the helm of the family sailboat.

The family is barely out to sea when one life-threatening disaster after another strikes. Ultimately, they end up in a situation where they must come together if they are to have a chance of survival.


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The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W Durrow * * * * *
Rachel is the lone survivor of her family's fall from a roof of a Chicago project building. She is taken to live with her black grandmother in Oregon, where her Danish mother is never spoken of. The stories of a neighbor boy, the voice of her mother (in a diary found by a neighbor), and her father and father's sister are woven into this tale.

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4* Somewhere to Belong by Judith Miller

This story takes place in the Amana Colonies in Iowa, in the 1890's. It is told alternately between the points of view of Johanna, who has lived her life in the community, and Berta, who has just moved there with her parents from Chicago. Berta is only 17, and making the adjustment to a new way of life is very difficult for her. 21 year old Johanna is assigned to train her to help with the kitchen duties and to help her learn the rules of the community.

The two girls seem to be complete opposites, but soon become friends, especially when both discover family secrets that make them question where they belong.

I really enjoyed this book, and I learned a lot about the religion and culture of Amana. I want to read the rest of the books in the series also to learn more about this way of life.


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First, let me just say I enjoyed reading others replies so that I can get ideas for new books to read! I just finished Anyone's Son about the DeLaRoche murders in 1976. I went to school with one of the boys who was murdered so this was very meaningful to me. I am now reading Band of Brothers which the HBO mini series was based on.

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God's Little Devotional Book For Women by Honor Books, Inc
10/10

I really enjoyed this devotional

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Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin 3 stars

A story of friendship, rivalries & memory that takes place at an All-Girls school in the 1950's.


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Last Words George Carlin-****

Quit stuffing your face and face your stuff.

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The Golden Age of Science Fiction by various authors 3* ( A collection of short stories)

Many of the stories are very good, while a few are poor or boring.
Another bargain on the kindle.

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Death of a Poison Pen by M.C. Beaton. 3-4 stars. Another Hamish Macbeth book (my husband is reading them marathon style so they are all over the house!). This one's not as frantic as Death of a Village - a more linear plot line, but, as always, a lot of fun and excitement in the Scottish highlands. Similar to Agatha Christie's Moving Finger, but with its own plot twists.

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The Man in the Window by Jon Cohen 4.5 emoticon

When Louis was 16 years old, he was badly burned in a fire. Now in his 30's, he's a recluse who lives with his parents and hides his burns with a hat and scarf. The neighbors think he's a monster. Louis lives in a very small world. Will he ever venture out?

Published in 1992. I enjoy the way this author writes. Beside painting a vivid picture, he has a practical, honest, colorful way of saying what he means.



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17) Murder for Greenhorns by Robert Kresge 4 stars

A Western set soon after the Civil War - new teacher Kate Shaw and cowhand Monday Malone are traveling to Warbonnet, Wyoming. Monday is just along for the ride, as Sam Taggart is escorting Kate. Sam and Kate were hired sight unseen - Kate as the teacher, Sam as the lawman. Sam is shot and killed by a long-range bullet. Kate convinces Monday to play the role of the lawman so they can solve the murder.

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I just finished "Snow Flower And The Secret Fan" by Lisa See. It is about 2 girls in Old China, and their relationship through the years, starting in childhood, and ending in death. It is about trials of Old Tradition, and the status of Women in Old China. A very interesting read, and very different..

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1. Eclipse Bay -- Jane Ann Krentz -- 4
2. Split Image -- Robert B. Parker -- 4
3. Night and Day -- Robert B. Parker -- 4
4. Rough Weather -- Robert B. Parker -- 4
5. Careless In Red -- Elizabeth George -- 4
6. Marrying for Kings' Millions --Maureen Child -- 3
7. Undead and Unfinished - MaryJanice Davidson -- 4
8. Dawn in Eclipse Bay -- Jayne Ann Krentz -- 4
9. Sweet Revenge -- Diane Mott Davidson --4
10. The Lemur -- Benjamin Black -- 4
11. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -- Stieg Larsson -- 4
12. Fatally Flaky -- Diane Mott Davidson -- 4
13. Burning Lamp -- Amanda Quick -- 4
14. Sarah's Quilt-the Coninuing story of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1906 --Nancy E. Turner --6+
15. Hit and Run -- Lawrence Block - 4


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9. "Dockside" by Susan Wiggs 3rd book of The Lakeshore Chronicles

3stars ***

The third story is the love story between Nina and Greg. Similar to others in the Chronicles Nina and Greg known each other since they were teenagers. Now Nina has a child in College and Greg is divorced with 2 kids (one who is a pregnant teenager). Both want the Inn at Willow Lake. This story takes place in the spring/summertime. I am starting on the fourth story in the Chronicles.

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Little Princes by Conor Grennan
I laughed I cried I could not put it down,it had adventure, and joy and just a touch of romance.
A lovely book that treats a hard subject with a light touch, I loved it, by the end I felt like Conor and the kids he met were old friends.

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Finished reading a self-published book: Remedy by Heidi Vlach.

I enjoyed the book. It's a different story, since the book is adult fantasy but the main characters are animal types. In fact, there is nothing close to a human in the whole world the author has created. The story is good and the characters enjoyable to read.

4/5 stars

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16) What Lies Within (5th Sam Casey Mystery) by S.D. Tooley 4 stars

Sam gets involved in another paranormal case where the dead speak to her. Of course, it would be easier if they just said what they meant, instead of giving her partial clues. A body is discovered in an abandoned hotel, and it has ties to the Chief of Police ...

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Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery by Charlaine Harris

5 stars - good mystery!

Twenty-eight-year-old Aurora (Roe) Teagarden, professional librarian, belongs to the Real Murders club, a group of 12 enthusiasts who gather monthly to study famous baffling or unsolved crimes. As a meeting is to begin, Roe discovers the massacred body of a club member. She recognizes the method of slaughter as imitating the very crime she was to address that night--suddenly her life as armchair sleuth assumes an eerie reality. (Amazon review)

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Numb by Sean Ferrell**** 4 stars

An amnesiac joins a Texas circus where his inability to feel pain makes him a big-top hit and earns him the name Numb. After a haunting experience wrestling a lion, Numb and his best friend, Mal, give up the circus for life in New York, where they live in a crappy hotel and make a living as a low-rent one-man freak show. When Numb lands a talent agent and begins to move up through the layers of celebrity, he leaves Mal behind for a cast of characters including a blind artist girlfriend and bad news model Emilia. But in Numb's world, nothing hurts much at all, so Mal comes back and predictably turns things upside down, despite the men's bond being difficult to comprehend.


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Running the Books by Avi Steinberg **** 4 stars

When Steinberg graduated from Harvard, he expected to become a rabbi, but neither his faith nor his chosen lifestyle made that a suitable career choice. As a stopgap, he applied to work in a Boston jail library. There he was responsible not only for the day-to-day functioning of the library but also for teaching inmates creative writing. A dedicated intellectual and instinctively diffident, he was almost too easy prey for tough, aggressive, streetwise, ever-conniving criminals. To his chagrin, the hard-bitten prison staff equally tested his presuppositions about humanity’s benevolence. Caroming instantaneously from profane comedy to abysmal tragedy, Steinberg recounts his struggles to relate humanely to people at the edge of society. Prison librarianship offers some of the profession’s greatest challenges, and Steinberg tells just what it’s like to suddenly recognize that the mugger attacking him in the park was the same guy he had checked out some books to a few months earlier.


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Flint by Paul Eddy *** 3 stars

Grace Flint, a promising young English undercover cop, being brutally assaulted in a sensitive sting operation gone wrong. The sadist responsible for leaving her in a bloody heap, shady financier Frank Harling, vanishes without a trace, and Flint is left to heal, simmer and pick up the pieces. She stumbles across Harling's trail while on assignment with a joint British/American task force headed by a take-no-prisoners FBI agent named Cutter, who hunts international money launderers and has borrowed Flint from British intelligence to investigate a Caribbean bank. When a Learjet is bombed out of the sky, taking the banker and Cutter's number-two man with it, Flint figures Harling is behind the attack and launches her own investigation. Then she's plunged into a terrifying (and believable) conspiracy of rogue British and American spies who have been using the banker to shake down his criminal clients. As Flint pinpoints Harling, a sinister operative is dispatched to do her in. Brutal cloak-and-dagger games rage from the streets of Paris to the tense Turkish/Greek DMZ on Cyprus as rival intelligence agencies wage unsanctioned war against their own operatives. Flint is an engaging and thoroughly sympathetic heroine, wrestling her doubts and fears as she moves through an utterly amoral world.


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To the End of the Land by David Grossman *** 3 stars

Instead of celebrating her son Ofer’s discharge from the Israeli Army, Ora finds her life turned upside down and inside out when he reenlists and is sent back to the front for a major offensive. Unable to bear the thought of sitting alone waiting for the “notifiers” to bring her bad news, the recently separated Ora decides to hike in the Galilee, where she will be both anonymous and inaccessible. Joined by her estranged best friend and former lover Avram, a recluse who never recovered from the brutality he experienced as a POW during the Yom Kippur War, she narrates the story of her doomed marriage to Ilan and her often arduous journey as a mother. As the tension mounts, she talks compulsively about Ofer, as if telling his story will protect him and keep him alive for both herself and for Avram, the biological father he has never met. As Ora and Avram travel back and forth through time via shared memories, the toll exacted by living in a land and among a people constantly at war is excruciatingly evident. Grossman, whose own son was killed during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, writes directly from the heart in this scorching antiwar novel.


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