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Monday, December 24, 2007

Beauty and the Black Sheep by Jessica Bird

Beauty And The Black Sheep (Silhouette Special Edition)
by Jessica Bird
Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Silhouette (July 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373246986
Buy it here.
Rating: 5

Why I read this book?
At my favorite BB, every one was talking about Jessica Bird. She also writes paranormal romance as JK Ward. I like that book, and this one didn't disappoint. In fact, I read another book of hers called The Billionaire Next Door, and it was a small book with a big impact!

This is the beginning of a trilogy. It's a story about Frankie and Nate. Nate reminds me so much of Josh Holloway. The way he talks, he sounds just like Sawyer in LOST. Although he's (Nate) is one kick-ass chef.

If you're really not into reading romance, I recommend this book. If you're not into reading at all, I recommend this book. If you don't have time to read, I recommend this book.

There's a good review for this over here.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

The Winter Rose
by
Hardcover: 720 pages
Publisher: Hyperion (January 8, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401301037
Rating: 5
Buy it here.

Why I read this book?

I read The Tea Rose first. It was such a wonderful book. I cannot NOT read the next book. In fact, I have to send for my copy from England because this one is not coming out until next month here in the US. I am crazy for this book. I'll probably buy the set when the last of the trilogy comes out and gift it to my sister. I've never enjoyed a book so much since Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, or The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons and the likes.

I recommend this book. Yes, it's thick, but it's really worth it. It's well-research and the story is just plain out of this world, in the very best way.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Oooh, Nazis!

Click here to buy the book.

Five Past Midnight (Mass Market Paperback)
by James Thayer
Paperback: 416 pages
ISBN-10: 0671798154
Rating: 4

♦ ♦ ♦ Reviewed by my Sweetie. ♦ ♦ ♦

A great book providing realism that makes you ‘feel’ like you are there. Does a good job of not contradicting known minute historical details about the world of Hitler’s Germany, yet manages a way to add intrigue. It retains the moral high-ground of ‘Nazi’s are bad’, and then turns you loose to enjoy the fact they were human also… now lets go shoot a few of them if they get in our way.

Set in the final fanatical days of the end of the Third Reich, this book provides accurate but not over-bearing details that make you feel that you are really there, yet provides a plausible story of a Jason Bourne type super hero, believable if you want to believe, which gives you a confident feeling of security in the most dangerous land on the earth.

I finish one out of ten books I start. I finished this one.
Would I read it again? Not for at least 7 years, if ever.

With Stephen King as a ‘10’, how does this rate? About a 5 (that’s very good).

Action? Ok (that's good)

Readable? Very. Words do not clunk along, forcing the reader to try to figure out some pithy obscure meaning. I enjoy pithy books for about a page, then I fall asleep.

Could I put it down? Absolutely. It’s not that good.

No foul language. No sex. But still a good book.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Jodi Picoult - THE TENTH CIRCLE (audio)

The Tenth Circle
by Jodi Picoult, Carol Monda (Narrator)
Audio CD

List Price: $39.99
Published in 2006
ISBN-10: 141937172X

Rating: 4

Why I listened: Because I was searching for a reader which I enjoyed from a different book and got this title. I think this should be a story for anyone thinking about dating, boy or girl. The first half of the book for girls to learn their lessons, and second half for the boys to learn.

It's like reading Danielle Steel, where everything that might and could go wrong, did. But what's different is that at the end of the story, you feel that somehow, this family might just be alright.

Book Blurb: The Tenth Circle is chock full of symbolism and allegory that at times can seem oppressive. Still, Picoult's fans will welcome this skillfully told story of betrayal and its many negative, and positive consequences.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Sherrilyn Kenyon - Devil May Cry

Sherrilyn Kenyon - Devil May Cry
(A Dark-Hunter Novel, Book 11)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 0312369506 [Buy it here]

Rating: 5
First Sentence: Vengeance

Why I read it: Because it's a series I've been reading since a friend of mine have asked me to look for the one of it's title. I am hooked even since.

Favorites: Every time Ash and Simi is mentioned. I just love the way Simi would refer to Artemis as that Bitch Goddess. Love it!

I also feel the story has more depth. Kat's story is so fascinating. The Sumarians are wonderful. I care what happens to them. The characters are not whinny. I just enjoyed the book. It's might be one of my favorites of the series, like Night Play.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Stephenie Meyer - Eclipse

Hardcover: 640 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; 1 edition (August 7, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316160202

First sentence:
There's a note, but I am skipping that.
I ran my fingers across the page, feeling the dents where he had pressed the pen to the paper so hard that it has nearly broken through.

My rating: 4 ♥

I read this book because I have read Twilight and New Moon which are the first two books of this series. I thoroughly enjoyed those. I like this book also. Ms. Meyer is a gifted writer, however, I am not much for rationalizing cheating or anything similar, so I couldn't quit enjoy the book as I wanted to. This is a young adult book, and maybe that's how young adult love is supposed to be...I just don't like it.

Book Description
Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour Eclipse, the much anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga. As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob --- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Cecelia Ahern - PS, I Love You

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (February 4, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401300901

My rating: 4 ♥

First Sentence:
HOLLY HELD THE BLUE COTTON sweater to her face and the familiar smell immediately struck her, an overwhelming grief knotting her stomach and pulling at her heart.

I found this book at a library sale. It's for a dollar. I have it on my TBR pile for a few months when I heard it's going to be a movie. I read it and have so much fun with it, even though it's kind of sad. There are funny moments too.

I have read this author's other book Love, Rosie, which was a delightful book to read. I am looking forward to the movie for this book, PS, I Love You because it has Gerard Butler in it.

From Publishers Weekly
Ahern, the mediagenic 22-year-old daughter of Ireland's prime minister, debuts with a sweet, sentimental tale of a young widow's trials and triumphs in the year after her husband's death. Soul mates Holly and Gerry married in their early 20s; when Gerry dies of brain cancer at 30, Holly is utterly bereft. But Gerry has a final gift: a series of letters, which Holly is to open on the first of each month from March to New Year's, and which will guide her on her journey from grief. Gerry correctly predicts that Holly will not have gone through his belongings by June, found a new job by September or considered falling in love again by December, but with his posthumous epistolary encouragement she does all those things. She also enters a karaoke contest, takes a beach vacation and dances at a holiday ball she'd always attended with Gerry. The months pass as close friends help prop Holly up; around her, a marriage falls apart, a couple gets engaged and a friend announces her pregnancy. Within her tight-knit family, Holly's youngest brother makes a revealing film of her birthday party, her elder brothers change places in her allegiance and her parents take in one stray grown child after another for stays short and long. Ahern's speed (she wrote the book in three months) and her youth do show-the wisdom in evidence owes much to Nicholas Sparks and Sophie Kinsella-and her prose is pedestrian. She boasts a natural storytelling talent, however, resulting in a compelling tale sparked by an unusual premise.

MICHAEL CONNELLY - THE LINCOLN LAWYER (audio)

The Lincoln Lawyer (Unabridged Edition)
by Michael Connelly, Adam Grupper (Reader)
Audio CD, Published 2005 by Hachette Audio, Unabridged Edition

10 audio CD, 11 hours 37 minutes

Why I listened to this? My husband found this CD at the library, and really enjoyed it. I listened and was hooked on it too. I'm off to find other Michael Connelly's books.

My rating: 5 ♥

First Sentence:
The morning air off the Mojave in late winter is as clean and crisp as you'll ever breathe in Los Angeles County.

My favorite moment: When Mick, the lawyer, was at the courtroom and used the mine analogy. How the prosecutor had stepped on a mine pin and is afraid to move his feet knowing that some thing's going to detonate.

Book blurb:
A tale about a cynical defense attorney whose one remaining spark of integrity may cost him his life.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sherrilyn Kenyon - The Dream-Hunter (A Dream-Hunter Novel, Book 1)

First sentence:
Completely motionless, Megeara Saatsakis stood on the edge of a cliff looking out on waters so perfectly blue they were almost painful to behold.

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (February 6, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0312938810

My rating: 3 ♥

I bought this book from Romance Writer of America signing. I waited in line for half and hour and bought this book and the author signed it. I also bought some books for my friend in the Philippines, but I don't think she got it yet. I mailed it in July and she still haven't gotten it. I guess it's really lost now.

Anyways, I am confused about timelines in this book. You see, in the Dark Hunter series, Nick was already dead, and here at the end of the book, he's an 18 year old again, and none of the Dark Hunters were married yet.

This is where you can find the correct reading order of this series.

Book Blurb:
In the ethereal world of dreams, there are champions who fight to protect the dreamer and there are demons who prey on them...

Arik is such a predator. Condemned by the gods to live eternity without emotions, Arik can only feel when he’s in the dreams of others. For thousands of years, he’s drifted through the human unconscious, searching for sensation. Now he’s finally found a dreamer whose vivid mind can fill his emptiness.

Dr. Megeara Kafieri watched her father ruin himself and his reputation as he searched to prove Atlantis was real. Her deathbed promise to him to salvage his reputation has now brought her to Greece where she intends to prove once and for all that the fabled island is right where her father said it was. But frustration and bad luck dog her every step. Especially the day they find a stranger floating in the sea. His is a face she’s seen many times.... in her dreams.

What she doesn’t know is that Arik holds more than the ancient secrets that can help her find the mythical isle of Atlantis. He has made a pact with the god Hades: In exchange for two weeks as a mortal man, he must return to Olympus with a human soul. Megeara’s soul.

With a secret society out to ruin her expedition, and mysterious accidents that keep threatening her life, Megeara refuses to quit. She knows she’s getting closer to Atlantis and as she does, she stumbles onto the truth of what Arik really is.

For Arik his quest is no longer simple. No human can know of a Dream-Hunter’s existence. His dream of being mortal has quickly turned into his own nightmare and the only way to save himself will be to sacrifice the very thing he wanted to be human for. The only question is, will he?

Other book in this series:
Upon The Midnight Clear (A Dream-Hunter Novel, Book 2)

Books Dark Hunter series:
Fantasy Lover
Dragonswan
Night Pleasures
Night Embrace
Midnight Pleasures*
Dance with the Devil
Kiss of the Night
Night Play
Stroke of Midnight*
Seize the Night
Sins of the Night
Unleash the Night
The Dark Side of the Moon
Devil-May Cry

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Alexander Mccall Smith - Tears of the Giraffe

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor (September 3, 2002)
My rating: 4

First sentence:
Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, found it difficult to believe that Mma Ramotswe, the accomplished founder of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, had agreed to marry him.

I read this book because I like the first one in the series. This author is great at making you like his characters. Mma. Ramotse is now engaged and solving mystery as ever.

I like the picture of Botswana it shows.

My favorite moments? It's probably the discussion of Freud and how he was worried that boys love their mothers.

Book Blurb:
Alexander McCall Smith (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) offers the second and third installments of his dignified, humorous Botswanan series. In Tears of the Giraffe, PI Precious Ramotswe tracks a missing American man whose widowed mother appeals to Ramotswe; meanwhile, the imperturbable detective is endangered at home by her fiance's resentful maid.

Related posts:
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander Mccall Smith

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Carson McCullers - The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (audio)

I found this unabridged audio book at a library and decided to listen to it.

First Sentence:IN THE town there were two mutes, and they were always together.

My rating: 3 ♥

I like the story overall. I like the parts with Mr. Singer in it. The central character of the story. All the characters in this book are well-developed. So well-developed that you can see their point of view. I just wish there was more plot to the story.

I was once asked to choose between character and plot, and I thought I would like character. But after hearing this book, I decided I want plot. Well-develop character can only be taken so far, but for a more entertaining read, I definitely need plot.

Favorite parts: When Mick thinks she's in love with Mr. Singer and followed him around everywhere.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Face The Fire by Nora Roberts (audio)

Audio Cassette
Publisher: Brilliance Audio Unabridged; Unabridged edition (May 28, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1587882272
My Rating: 3 ♥


I grabbed this book because I like Nora Roberts, and I like the reader of this particular audio. It's the same reader as the Little Women.

I listened because it's the conclusion of the thrilling trilogy.

My favorite part of the book: The courtship. Nora Roberts does it over and over again. She's so good at it.

Other books in the series:
Three Sisters Island:
Dance Upon the Air
Heaven and Earth
Face the Fire

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Beware a Scot's Revenge (School for Heiresses, Book 3) by Sabrina Jeffries

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket; Pocket Books Pbk. Ed edition (May 22, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416516107
My rating: 3 ♥

A feisty heroine, I like that in a book. A verile Scott who's got the hots for the girl, even better. Then they start to simmer, and sizzle, and I can't put the book down. There's something about the Highlands, and Scots, and historical fiction which makes me want to devour a book like candy.

Book blurb:
Lady Venetia Campbell's visit to her childhood home in Scotland takes a dramatic turn when she's kidnapped at pistol point by her father's sworn enemy. Sir Lachlan Ross is widely feared in his guise as The Scottish Scourge, but Venetia remembers her former neighbor as a handsome youth whose attentions she craved. Now a wickedly sexy man, Lachlan's appeal is even more intoxicating...and much more dangerous. Though Lachlan tries to treat her as his foe, his scorching kisses tell another story. And despite his plan to use her as a weapon against her father, Venetia is determined that Lachlan's lust for revenge will be trumped by an even more powerful desire....

Related books:
Never Seduce a Scoundrel
Only a Duke Will Do
The School for Heiresses(Anthology)

Author's blog

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (audio)

My Take: 5 ♥
Picoult is an engaging story-teller. I don't think that because you've been bullied you should go kill those people who bullied you. There are a lot of people like that in the world. I would like to hold the parents partly responsible though. Why didn't they as if he's being bullied, why didn't they move him to a different school? Home school him? Do something. I am sympathetic with the parents of the shooter, but I find the shooter guilty and he should hanged. Ms. Picoult has a talent with writing about moral dilemma and as a reader, be able to see clearly each side of the story. It's a pleasure to read this book even if it's dealing with an unpleasant topic of school shooting.


Book Blurb:
Sterling, NH is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens until a student enters the local high school with an arsenal of guns and starts shooting, changing the lives of everyone inside and out. The daughter of the judge sitting on the case is the states best witness but she cant remember what happened in front of her own eyes. Or can she? Featuring the return of some familiar characters (Jordan McAfee from The Pact and Salem Falls; Patrick DuCharme from Perfect Match), Nineteen Minutes asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether a person is ever whom they seem to be.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Texas Splendor by Lorraine Heath

My Take: 5 ♥
This is the third of Leigh Brothers trilogy by an author I enjoy reading. She's imaginative, believable and fun. I have not read the second book of the series. I just overlooked it. I usually read the books in order. I like Austin from the first book. This is one of those times when reading a lot of book simultaneously kind of ruin a good story. Still, a very good book. A keeper for sure!

Book Blurb:
Five years in prison for a crime he didn't commit...

That's how long Austin Leigh has waited to clear his name, and to be reunited with his beloved Becky. But when he is finally released, Becky is married to another. Now, Austin is determined to find the killer who destroyed his life and ruined his one chance for love. He is searching for justice--and for revenge. But what he discovers along the way is something quite different.

Her name is Loree Grant, and she's survived tragedy of her own. She is the kind of friend that Austin has never had, a true companion on the long road to forgiveness and redemption. And as Austin slowly bares his soul to this strong and beautiful woman, he begins to open his heart . . . to love.

Note:
Books in the series:
Texas Destiny
Texas Glory
Texas Splendor

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Eragon by Christopher Paolini (audio)

Audio CD
Gerard Doyle (Reader)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); 1 edition (February 10, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400090687
My rating: 4 ♥

My Take:
My husband borrowed the audio book form and I listened to this on a lark. I was hooked after the first CD. I was missing some fantasy book because Harry Potter is finished. Jim Dale is a fine reader. I fell in love with Harry Potter mainly because of him.

This book reminds me so much of Lord of the Rings. I am not a big fantasy fan, but I will listen or read this series because I enjoyed it. After Harry Potter, there's Eragon. I have the movie DVD, I hope the movie lives up to the book.

Book Blurb:
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. . . .

Note:
Books in the series so far:

Eragon
Eldest

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: The Dial Press (February 27, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385338708
My rating: 5 ♥
My Take:

I love the series. Becky makes me exasperated, uncomfortable and sometimes plain frustrated, but I enjoy the way she's written. Every book of the series had made me laugh out loud, cackle even, or brought tears to my eyes from comedy or tragedy of it. I just wish I can get into Luke's head more. He's this character that I like, and pretty sexy, but I don't know much about him. This is a wonderful part of the series.

Book Blurb:
Star of the bestselling Shopaholic series Becky Bloomwood (now Brandon) is pregnant! But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke's glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky's perfect world starts to crumble. She's shopping for two . . . but are there three in her marriage?

Notes:
Other books in the series:
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC
SHOPAHOLIC TAKES MANHATTAN
SHOPAHOLIC TIES THE KNOT
SHOPAHOLIC & SISTER

Friday, September 28, 2007

Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (June 26, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060852003
My Rating: 3 ♥
My Take:
I think it's a pretty good story, it was just a little "babbly" for my taste. I did finished it though. I came back to read the first book. The second book felt like it's the second book of the series. I don't know if that makes sense. I like Meg Cabot, so I'll read her, even if I am not instantly captivated in the beginning of the book.

Book Blurb:
Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn’t that she doesn’t have the slightest idea what she’s going to do with her life, or that she’s blowing her college graduation money on a trip to visit her long-distance boyfriend (of three months) Andrew, instead of using it as the down payment for the cute little Manhattan apartment everyone is expecting her to rent after finding a well-paying job in the city.

Where she’s going to live and how she’s going to support herself in the fall are really the least of Lizzie’s problems right now. Not when she’s got to deal with the fact that she’s done it again. See, Lizzie can’t keep her mouth shut. It’s not just that she can’t keep a secret—she can’t keep anything to herself.

But this time when she opens her big mouth, her good intentions get Andrew in major hot water. Now Lizzie’s stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date written on her non-changeable airline ticket.

What’s an American girl with a big mouth—but an equally big heart—to do?

Fortunately there’s Shari, Lizzie’s best friend and college roommate, who’s spending her summer in the south of France, catering weddings with her boyfriend Chaz in a sixteenth century chateau. One call to Shari, and Lizzie’s on a train to Paris. Who cares if Lizzie’s never traveled alone before in her life, and speaks only rudimentary French? One glimpse of gorgeous Chateau Mirac—not to mention gorgeous Luke, Chateau Mirac’s owner—and she’s smitten…

But while most caterers can be trusted to keep a secret, Lizzie’s the exception. And no sooner has the first cork been popped than Luke seems to hate her, the bride is in tears, and it looks like Chateau Mirac is in danger of becoming a lipo-recovery spa. As if things aren’t bad enough, ex-boyfriend Andy shows up looking for closure (or at least a loan), threatening to ruin everything, especially Lizzie’s chance at ever finding real love…

…unless she can figure out a way to use that big mouth of hers to save the day.

Note: Meg Cabot also writes as Patricia Cabot in historical fiction genre.
Books in the series:

Queen of Babble
Queen of Babble in the Big City

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Paperback: 235 pages
Publisher: Anchor; Today Show Book Club edition (February 6, 2003)
ISBN-10: 1400034779
My ratings: 5 ♥

My Take:
I picked this book up from the bargain section at the library. I heard people talk about it, but I just never thought to read it. But for 50 cents, I bought it and read. It's well done, it's entertaining, and I believe it gave me a window to Africa where this book was set. The characters are engaging, you just want to dive into the book and met them. I love it! I love the main character. I feel bad for her with her tragedy, but she doesn't dwell on her failures, so you never get uncomfortable with it. She just pick up herself and goes on. I admire her cunning and her kindness too. A must read!

Book Blurb:
This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.


Note:
Other books in the series:



The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Tears of the Giraffe
Morality for Beautiful Girls
The Kalahari Typing School For Men
The Full Cupboard of Life
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
Blue Shoes and Happiness

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Summer Garden - Paullina Simons


Number of pages: 839
My rating: 5 ♥
My Take:
The ending of the fantastic series which has taken me on a ride like a Giant Roller coaster at Six Flags. I never wanted it to end. This book is long, and so worth it. I feel it starts out slow, but that might just be because the other 6 books I was reading were very fast and action-ful on page one. This is a not to be mised series.

I would recommend that it be read in order because the story makes more sense that way, although each book can be read alone and you'd still get one satisfying tale.


Book Blurb:
From the bestselling author of The Girl in Times Square, comes the magnificent conclusion to the saga that was set in motion when Tatiana fell in love with her Red Army officer, Alexander Belov, in wartime Leningrad in 1941.

Tatiana and Alexander have suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. After years of separation, they are miraculously reunited in America, the land of their dreams. They have a beautiful son, Anthony. They have proved to each other that their love is greater than the vast evil of the world ... but they are strangers. In the climate of fear and mistrust of the Cold War, dark forces are at work in the US that threaten their life and their family. Can they make a new life for themselves in this new land? Can they be happy? Or will the ghosts of yesterday reach out to blight even the destiny of their firstborn son? Epic in scope, masterfully told, The Summer Garden is a novel of unique and devastating emotional power that spans two thirds of the twentieth century, and three continents. The Summer Garden. For what once was ...


Books in the series:
The Bronze Horseman
Tatiana and Alexander
The Summer Garden

Monday, September 24, 2007

Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts

My Take: 3
I have always liked the way Nora Roberts writes families. Her brothers and sisters have such strong ties and love each other and care for each other. It's a dream family. I have big family, but we're never as good as what she writes about. It's probably why I read her book. I go in spurts, and sometimes I would go a long time without reading her...but Nora Roberts is awesome!

Book Blurb: An amazon.com review.Perennial New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts's new Three Sisters Island trilogy is pure magic! No, I mean really magic. An intriguing combination of The Witches of Eastwick and Sleeping With the Enemy, Dance Upon the Air introduces readers to the idyllic town of Three Sisters Island. Reputedly conjured by a trio of sisters seeking to escape the Salem witch-hunts, the island remains a place of quiet refuge for one and all, including pretty Nell Channing who arrives in town afraid of her own shadow, with few possessions and no past. But the warm, sunny days and cool, windswept nights, as well as the loving concern of new friends--especially hunky sheriff Zack Todd--soon lure skittish Nell into a much-welcome fresh life. Nell's new boss, the captivatingly lovely bookstore owner Mia Devlin (look for Mia's story, hopefully, in the not-too-distant future), wonders from what or whom Nell is running. Mia treats Nell as she would a sister, which isn't too far off the mark, helping Nell discover and explore her inner resources while Zack's romantic attentions bring a rosy glow to Nell's cheeks and to her future. But something wicked this way comes… Will Nell be ready to face and conquer her past? Even with the love and support of Mia, Zack, and Zack's fellow police officer, his peppery, down-to-earth sister Ripley, Nell has the fight of her life--the fight for her life--on her hands. Roberts continues to delight fans and create new believers with her talent and imagination.

Books in the series:
THREE SISTERS TRILOGY
Dance Upon the Air (2001),
Heaven and Earth (2001),
Face the Fire (2002)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath

Texas Destiny (Topaz Historical Romance)
by Lorraine Heath
Paperback
Published in 1997
Buy it Here

I love this book. It made me cry, which for me, means it's an excellent story. Some romances are good story, but they never made me cry. So, if a story can break my heart, I'm bound to read it again.

Amelia is a mail-order bride. She's supposed to be Dallas's wife. Fate have a different idea. When Houston, the younger brother, went to pick up Amelia from the train, they fall in love.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Books I Read in 2006

1. Nora Roberts - Blue Dahlia
2. Sebastian Falks - Birdsong
3. Paullina Simons - Tatiana and Alexander
4. Sherrilyn Kenyon - Unleashed the Night
5. Brenda Joyce - Deadly Pleasures

6. Marian Keyes - Rachel's Holiday|
7. Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper*
8. Colleen McCullough - The Thorn Birds*
9. Janet Evanovich - Manhunt
10. Leslie Caine - False Premises

11. Eloisa James - Kiss Me, Annabelle
12. Lorraine Heath - Love with a Scandalous Lord
13. Lorraine Heath - As an Earl Desires
14. Victoria Alexander - When we Meet Again
15. Nora Roberts - Black Rose

16. Suzanne MacPherson - In the Mood
17. Eloisa James - The Taming of the Duke
18. Lorraine Heath - Promise Me Forever
19. Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
20. Lorraine Heath - Never Love a Cowboy

21. John Grisham - Runaway Jury
22. John Grisham - The Summons
23. John Grisham - The Last Juror
24. James Patterson - The Lake House*
25. Mitch Albom - The Five People You Meet in Heaven

26. Georgette Heyer - These Old Shades*
27. Katherine Sutcliffe - Bad Moon Rising*
28. Emily Giffin - Something Borrowed
29. Sue Monk Kidd - The Secret Life of Bees*
30. Phyllis Whitney - Skye Cameron*

31. Lemoney Snicket - The Reptile Room*
32. Kristin Hannah - Magic Hour
33. Nora Roberts - Birthright*
34. Emily Giffin - Something Blue
35. Phyllis Whitney - Spindrift*

36. Catherine Coulter - The Maze*
37. Barbara Kingsolver - Poisonwood Bible*
38. Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez - The Dirty Girls Social Club
39. Catherine Coulter - The Maze*
40. Catherine Coulter - The Edge*

41. Eileen Goudgegood - Otherwise Engaged
42. Catherine Coulter - Hemlock Bay*
43. The Red Tent* Anita Diamant
44. Betty Neels - The Fortunes of Francesca
45. Philippa Gregory - The Other Boleyn Girl

46. The Dark Side of the Moon Sherrilyn KenyonDark Hunter
47. Suzanne Brockmann - Into the Storm
48. Philippa Gregory - Constant Princess*
49. Frank McCourt - Angela's Ashes*
50. Catherin Coulter - Eleventh Hour*

51. Linda Howard - Cover of Night
52. Jung Chang - Wild Swan, The Three Daughters of China
53. Jean Webster - Daddy Long-Legs
54. Catherine Coulter - Impulse*
55. Nora Roberts - Angels Fall

56. Marian Keyes - Angels*
57. Marian Keyes - Anybody Out There?*
58. Alice Siebold - Lovely Bones*
59. Catherine Coulter - The Sherbrooke Bride
60. Eloisa James - Much Ado About You

61. Vicki Lewis Thompson - Nerd Gone Wild
62. Kristin Hannah - Comfort and Joy
63. Elizabeth Lowell - The Wrong Hostage*

*audio books