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Subject: It's April 2015 - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 4/1/2015 10:08 AM ET
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  1. "CHANGING THE GAME" by Jaci Burton (Play-by-Play #2) (A++++) Most people play by the rules - Gavin and Liz aren't most people. Win at any cost. That's always been the mantra​ of sports agent Liz Darnell. When she carries things too far and risks losing her number one client - baseball pro Gavin Riley - Liz realizes that she'll have to work extra innings to regain his trust. It might not be too much of a stretch. She's had a thing for this player's moves since she first laid eyes on him and by the looks of it, he wants her just as bad. Gavin is more than ready - especially when Liz is offering herself as part of the bargain. As much of her as Gavin wants. For added thrills, he decides to throw a little curveball Liz's way to see just how far she's willing to go to keep him as a client. But when love unexpectedly enters the playing field, neither Liz nor Gavin is ready for the biggest game changer of them all.
  2. "PELICAN POINT" by Donna Kauffman (Bachelor's of Blueberry Cove #1) (A+++++) Blueberry Cove, Maine, is as small-town as small towns get. More than a little quirky, it has sheltered generations of families. But there's always room for a new face. Fixing things has always been Alex McFarland's greatest gift and keenest pleasure. But with her own life thoroughly broken, she's signed on to renovate the dilapidated Pelican Point lighthouse, hoping to reconnect with herself. The last thing she expects is to find herself falling in love - with the glorious coastline, with age-old secrets and welcome-home smiles...with Logan McCrae, the man she just might be able to build new hopes on. DIY is so much better with two.
  3. "COWBOY UP" by Vicki Lewis Thompson (Son's of Chance #7) (A++++) Sometimes a girl just needs a stud. "Never fall in love with a cowboy." These words were drilled into Emily Sterling's head since her parents divorced over twenty years ago. But now Emily has returned to her father's ranch...only to find herself face-to-face with jaw-droppingly hot rancher Clay Whitaker. Clay is the resident stud expert at the Last Chance Ranch and isn't so keen on "spoiled" city slickers...until Emily arrives. Now he's showing Emily just what a ranch - and a cowboy - has to offer. And luckily for him, it's an offer Emily can't refuse.
  4. "LOST LAKE" by Sarah Addison Allen (A++++) The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future. That was half a life ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby's past. Her husband, George, is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that's left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the southern Georgia heat and damp and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires. It's not quite enough to keep Eby from calling this her final summer at the lake and relinquishing Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door. Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve, before she learned of loneliness and heartbreak and loss. Now she's all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope, too, thanks to her resilient daughter, Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward. Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer...and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago. One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren't sure they needed in the first place: love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended. Can they find what they need before it's too late?
  5. "HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF" by Paige Tyler (SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #1) (New Author For Me) (A+++++) They're tight, they're on target, they're as alpha as men can get. The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret...they're a pack of wolf shifters. The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive - and they're also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn't sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something...and she's determined to find out what. Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She's smart, sexy and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she's getting dangerously close to the truth - and perilously close to his heart.
  6. "THE 12TH OF NEVER" by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Women's Murder Club #13) (unabridged audio CD) (A+++++) Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor - and she's about to face the most terrifying killers of her career. Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But while Lindsay and Joe are in bliss at home with their new daughter, the city of San Francisco is hit with multiple grisly and bizarre murders. An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder that he's convinced is real. No one believes him until a shooting is called in - and it fits the professor's description down to the last detail. Then the girlfriend of a star player for the San Francisco 49ers is found dead in her car, making the athlete the prime suspect. This seems like an open-and-shut case - until the body inexplicably vanishes from the morgue. When the chief of police calls, desperate for help, Lindsay knows she must return to work after only one week at home with her newborn. Lindsay doesn't have much time to stop a horrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when she is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.
  7. "THE MAN WITHIN" by Lora Leigh (Breeds #2) (Feline Breeds #2) (A+++++) He had protected her as a child, filled all her teenaged fantasies and as a woman, he stole her heart. Only to break it. Now, fifteen months later, the news has been released. The man she loves is one of the genetically altered Feline Breeds who have shocked the world with their presence. He's also her mate. The mark on her neck attests to that. The fire that rages in her heart and body further proves it. But he hadn't wanted her then; does he really want her now? Deceit and treachery, born in the past, now haunt the present as Taber and Roni fight to make sense of a sudden bonding. The mating of heart, body and soul as the man and the beast within merge; both battling the forces raging against the union and dominance over the woman he claimed.
  8. "WATCH OVER ME" by Lucy Monroe (Goddard Project #4) (Mercenary #9) (A++++) Mission: Irresistible. Super spy Mykola Chernichenko comes from a family of geniuses and though he's no idiot himself, he'd rather be where the action is than analyze it to death, That's why is vacation has just been cut short by a call to get two of his siblings out of some serious trouble - while protecting a nerdy scientist whose latest project could change the world...and get her killed. The guy who'd rather act than think guarding an egghead in a lab coat? Myk would appreciate the irony more if he weren't so busy trying to figure out how, exactly, to get under said lab coat. Because Lana Ericson just happens to be the hottest thing working the scientific method since, well, ever. Myk has a feeling Lana's laser-like focus would translate to something equally intense in the bedroom. And if she's as curious about him, Myk might just be willing to donate his body to science - each and every night.
  9. "FATAL STRIKE" by Shannon McKenna (McClouds #10) (A+++++) When Lara Kirk was abducted months ago, Miles Davenport vowed he'd bring her home. But the mission failed. Miles has become totally obsessed: he can practically hear Lara pleading for him to save her. Finding her after all this time will be next to impossible. Lara Kirk lives in a shadowy world where reality and fantasy are one. Her captors have poisoned her body with concoctions that enhance psychic abilities - and they seem to be working. To escape, Lara has formed a deep attachment with a man whose virile, sensual presence in her mind is her only comfort. She's not even sure if he's real - until the six-foot-five-inch powerhouse bursts in to rescue her. Once freed, Lara has no choice but to trust Miles with her life as they run from enemies too twisted to imagine. But they're also fighting a dangerous attraction that could kill - or save - them both. Either way, it's going to be a hell of a ride.
  10. "NIGHT DIVER" by Elizabeth Lowell (A++++) After a family tragedy, Kate Donnelly left the Caribbean behind forever. But a series of bad decisions has left her family's scuba-diving business drowning in red ink. Without Kate's financial expertise, the treasure-hunting enterprise will go under. Unable to abandon the little family she has left, Kate heads back to the beautiful and terrifying ocean that still haunts her nightmares. Holden Cameron was addicted to the adrenaline rush of active duty and the last thing the former British military diver wants to do is to babysit a family of thieves on a tropical island. But in his new civilian job Holden must investigate the suspicious activity surrounding a Donnelly dive to recover treasure from the ancient wreck of a pirate ship. When equipment, treasure and even divers begin to disappear, Kate and Holden form an uneasy alliance to uncover the truth. But the deeper they plummet into the mystery, the closer they come to each other. Soon they are sharing their deepest fears and darkest secrets - and a combustible chemistry too hot to ignore.
  11. "PRODIGAL SON" by Susan Mallery (A++++) The CEO's redemption. Jack Hanson knew what he wanted and it wasn't a media empire. After his father died suddenly, Jack was forced to leave his law practice and take over his father's company. And, oh, year, pull it back from the brink of catastrophe. The one bright spot in the whole mess was his new hire - an old business-school friend, Samantha Edwards. Samantha was just as smart, fun and vibrant as she'd been in school, but now...she was a hell of a lot sesier. Samantha Edwards knew what she wanted and it wasn't love. She'd already made a mess out of her life once. She wasn't about to jeopardize the best job she'd ever had by breaking the cardinal rule of business - falling for the boss. And yet, Jack needed her. And she needed him...because if he could put the company back together, perhaps he could heal her too. "THE BEST LAID PLANS" by Sarah Mayberry (New Author For Me) (A++++++) Single corporate lawyer Alexandra Knight wants to have a baby. Finding a daddy isn't the problem: her sexy colleague, Ethan Stone, has offered to help her out - no strings attached. But is it possible for two rational, professional people to have a baby together and not get emotionally involved?
  12. "A PLACE CALLED HARMONY" by Jodi Thomas (Harmony, Texas #0.5) (A+++++) Desperate to escape his overbearing father, Patrick McAllen disappears with his bride, heading north to build a new town - discovering strength, honor and true love along the way. After drinking away the grief from his family's death, Clint Truman avoids jail by taking a job in North Texas and settling down with a woman he vows to protect but never love - until her quiet compassion slowly breaks his hardened heart wide open. All Gillian Matheson has evr known is army life, leaving his true love to be a part-time spouse, But when a wounded Gillian returns home to find his wife desperately fighting to save their marriage, he's determined to become the husband she deserves. Amidst the storms, outlaws and unwelcome relatives, the three couples band together to build a town - and form a bond that breathes life into the place that will forever be called Harmony.
  13. "WILD IRIS RIDGE" by RaeAnne Thayne (Hope's Crossing #7) (A++++++) Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common...and it's likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan's late wife, Jessie - and Lucy-s best friend - who'd brought them together in the first place. And since Jessie's passing, Brendan's been distracted by his two little ones...and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he'll steer clear of her. She's always been trouble with a capital T. Lucy couldn't wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she's back in Hope's Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her,she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she'd managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smoldering.
  14. "BLUSH" by Opal Carew (New Author for Me) (A+++) Kama Sutra, Tantra, menage...are you ready to blush? Hanna Lane wishes she could shed her inhibitions and unleash her wild side in the bedroom. When she meets J.M. a Kama Sutra and Tantra master, they embark on a sizzling path of discovery, exploring the ancient sensual arts and new techniques that allow Hanna to unlock her naughtiest fantasies and make them a red-hot reality. But when Hanna's ex-boyfriend Grey reenters her life, determined to win her back, she longs to share herself with both men. Can Hanna tell J.M. and Grey her most taboo fantasy? And who will win her for keeps?
  15. "CHOSEN TO DIE" by Lisa Jackson (To Die: Selena Alvarez/Regan Pescoli #2) (A++++++) He'll choose them...abduct them...and kill them. Detective Regan Pescoli has worked the "Star Crossed Killer" case for months, never imagining she'd be captured by the madman she's been hunting. Regan knows exactly what he's capable of - and avoiding the same fate will take every drop of her courage and cunning. Regan Pescoli is unlike any woman Nate Santana has met before. But now she's missing and Nate knows something is dangerously wrong. The only person who can help him find her is Detective Selena Alvarez, Regan's partner. As Nate and Selena dig deeper into the Star-Crossed Killer case and the body count rises, the truth about Regan's disappearance becomes chillingly clear. In the desolate Montana woods, evil is lurking., And with time running out, the only way to save Regan will be to get inside a killer's twisted mind and unravel a shocking message that is being revealed, one body at a time.
  16. "SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART" by Beth Wiseman (Land of Canaan #1) (A+++++) What would cause the Amish to move to Colorado, leaving family and friends behind? Some Amish are making the trek to Colorado for cheaper land. Others are fleeing strict bishops with long memories. For Emily Detweiler and her family, the move is more personal. Tragedy struck Emily in Ohio, shaking loose everything she believed was firm, including her faith. Her family took the bold stop of leaving Ohio to resettle in a small Amish community in Canaan, Colorado, where they hope the distance will help erase the painful memories. David Stoltzfus's family moved to Colorado for reasons he doesn't understand. But Canaan is turning out to be something other than the promised land they all anticipated. Fearing that a health condition will cut his life short, David plans to return home o Paradise, Pennsylvania, as soon as he can. But then he meets Emily, who sirs feelings in his heart despite his apprehension about the future. Emily's growing love for David surprises her, but she fears that he will find out the truth about her past and reject her. But what if the truth is that they are made for each other? And that God longs to give them the desires of their hearts if only they will seek him out.
  17. "SUSPECT" by Robert Crais (New Author for Me) (A++++++) LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Nine months ago, a shocking assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived two tours in Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler, she has PTSD as bad as Scott's. They are each other's last chance. And they're about to investigate the one case no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie. But what they find could ultimately break them both.
  18. "CHASING CHARLIE" by Kathy Carmichael (New Author For Me) (A+++) When David Murphy, cowboy wannabe and one of Dallas' most eligible bachelors, asks Charlie Nelson to pretend to be his fiancee, her reaction is to run far and fast. Charlie, raised by two older, very protective, brothers on a South Texas cattle ranch, wants only one thing: to avoid thrill-seeking cowboys. She clings to the security of her safe and steady job as a librarian. David needs a fiancee so his widowed mother will marry her gentleman friend whose company is transferring him to Japan. She has refused to wed until Davis is settled. Charlie is the perfect answer if only she'll go along with the scheme. Can he talk her into becoming his temporary fiancee? And once he does, can he convince her to become his real wife?
  19. "JADED" by Anne Calhoun (Walkers Ford, South Dakota #2) (A+++++) They can't hide from desire. After life as a cop in Denver leaves him burned out, Lucas Ridgeway returns to Walkers Ford, South Dakota, to serve as their chief of police. He's hoping to start over with a clean slate and avoid any emotional entanglements - even after his next-door neighbor kisses him senseless. Alana is passionate, dedicated and, most importantly, leaving town soon. So why not have some fun? Alana Wentworth comes from a larger-than-life political family, yet all she wants is to be a librarian. After an embarrassing marriage proposal from Mr. Not-For-Her, she jumps at the chance to live her dream for a few months. She wasn't supposed to get involved with the community - or sexy, troubled Lucas. But when the time comes for Alana to put Walkers Ford behind her, she's not ready. And Lucas may not be ready for her to go.
  20. "THE CHRISTMAS BOUQUET" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #11) (A++++) For the very driven medical student Caitlyn Winters, catching the bridal bouquet at a Christmas wedding has set off a chain reaction that she's sure is more curse than blessing. Not only has she fallen in love with family medicine resident Noah McIlroy, but an unexpected pregnancy threatens her well laid plans for the future. It doesn't help that Noah - with a whole lot of help from her O'Brien relatives, is completely on board with the prospect of marriage and happily-ever-after. It takes a whole lot of patience, love and family persuasion to help Caitlyn realize that she can still have everything she ever wanted, including a home in her beloved Chesapeake Shores and a man who understands all of her dreams.

CURRENTLY READING - 

  1. "Camouflaged" by Selena Laurence (New Author for Me) (Hiding from Love #0.5) (Kindle)
  2. "Exit Wounds" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #11)
  3. "Heart of Danger" by Lisa Marie Rice (Chst Ops #1)

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO -

  1. "The Wrong Hostage" by Elizabeth Lowell (St. Kilda's Consulting #1) (unabridged audio CD)


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Reading:   Witch Wraith by Terry Brooks, and Rhett Butler's People by Ronald McCaig, Faefever by Karen Moning, Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Finished:  Last Breath, The Ruby Knight, The Sapphire Rose, Changes, Guilty Pleasures, Roses, Beguiled, Moon Called, Ghost Town, The Dome of Fire, The Robe Skulls, Circus of the Damned.

Judye

 



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Finished this month:  Loving Time by Leslie Glass --- 3rd in the April Woo series, April and her partner, Mike Sanchez, investigate the apparent suicide of one man and the apparent murder of another, both linked to a woman, the head of a psychiatric institute/hospital.  April is still struggling with her Chinese upbringing/mind set with regards to Mike. Interesting plot, I like this series a lot.

If There Be Dragons by Kay Hooper --- Not a lot of plot, mostly two people stranded in a blizzard in Montana who fall in love.  A quick read.

Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich--- Slowly working my way through this series. Some I've enjoyed, others...not so much. Stephanie Plum has quit her job as a bounty hunter because she was tired of being shot at, kidnapped, having her cars blown up, etc. She's still being shot at, cars blown up, etc.  This one is a pretty enjoyable read. Ranger and Joe Morelli are still sexy, Grandma Mauser is still a hoot.

Blood Ties by Sharon Sala--- I picked up this book at random because I'd read the first one [Blood Stains] of this series several months ago and decided to follow up.  Glad I did because this is one of those books I couldn't put down.  In fact I finished it a 1:00 am this morning!  Three sisters learn about their pasts when their 'father' dies and they read the journals he's left for each of them.   In this one, Savannah Slade returns to Miami, FL where she had been born to claim her inheritance as the heir to a multi-million dollar estate from her birth father's family.  And the family members will do whatever is necessary to see that she doesn't get the money.  Great book and series, I'm going to finish it up by reading Blood Trails next.

Blood Trails by Sharon Sala --- Great series!!  Holly Slade has gone back to St. Louis, MO to after reading the journal her 'father' left for her when he died.  She's determined to find her birth father and see him arrested for the murders of several women, probably including her birth mother. I highly recommend this series, but start with Blood Stains so the other two make sense!

The 8th Confession by James Patterson.  Trying to finish up some series I've had started for awhile.  Patterson's books are always a quick read because of his writing style so I finished this in one day.  The Women's Murder Club are working multiple homicides;  Lindsey Boxer and her partner as the police, Cindy Thomas as the reporter trying to write her story and Claire Washburn as the ME looking for clues as to cause of death.  As usual, lots of twists and turns and the women's personal lives thrown into the mix.  An enjoyable read.

206 Bones by Kathy Reichs --- Temperance Brennan is being sabotaged, making it look like she has mishandled an autopsy among other things.  Someone is trying to discredit her and is becoming very brazen about it, even to the point of endangering her life.  Lots of medical jargon, but always an interesting read.

Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin [I LOVE THIS SERIES!!] --- King Henry II has called on Adelia Aguilar, to once again, discover the mystery of bones reported to be that of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere.  As Adelia goes about this task, with the help of Mansur, she finds herself in danger.  Someone doesn't want the truth to come out and people are dying.  Lots of historical information about the 1100s in England and the medical knowledge available at that time. 

Currently reading: Undecided

Up next: Undecided 



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I am listening to "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" read by Barbara Rosenblat. I read the book years ago and saw the movie but I'm enjoying the audio version more than either of them. Barbara Rosenblat is hysterical and her different British accents - "spot on" . I've laughed out loud more than I have in ages.

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FINISHED

Forbidden Passage (STRANDED, SHADOW ISLAND): Jeff ProbstChris Tebbetts         Fast read.  

Starfire: Dale Brown               I enjoyed this more than I expected.

Vicious Circle : Wilbur Smith           What a strange storyline, but I really liked it.  Certain parts of the book---Wow...

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I just finished Dear Dad by Louie Anderson, which I loved. Louie grew up in a chaotic and abusive home headed by his alcoholic father.  This book is a series of letters he wrote to his father after he'd died, as he struggles to find peace with certain memories.  He alternates between just being perplexed to being still hurt and bitter at what he experienced growing up.  As a middle-aged man he still wonders why?  He also tries to unearth his father's past with the hope that something there will explain or justify why his father grew into such an angry and unhappy adult.  Louie Anderson has a very compassionate voice and has grown into a kind and empathetic soul (at least in the 2 books of his that I have read).  He is determined to break the chains of the past and not repeat his father's tragic mistakes.  His story is sadly not unique, but his determination to forgive, find peace and live a happy life is inspiring.  Highly recommended!

 

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Currently Reading:

Necessary Lies - Diane Chamberlain

Finished:

Blue Asylum - Kathy Hepinstall - 3.5 Stars

The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty - 4.5 Stars

The Light Between Oceans - M. L. Stedman - 4.0 Stars

The Strangers on Montague Street (Tradd Street Book 3) - Karen White - 4.0 Stars

Return to Tradd Street (Tradd Street Book 4) - Karen White - 4.0 Stars



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California by Edan Lepucki     At about two chapters in, I am intrigued.  I didn't know about the amazon VS Steven Cobert war but this was recommended to me by amazon based on other books I have bought.

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What a wicked earl wants by Vicky Dreiling
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Entry Island by Peter May

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Just finished Helen Keller In Love by Rosie Sultan, and have to say it was not my cup of tea at all.  The book is written in the first person, in Helen's supposed voice, which of course implies these were her personal thoughts, experiences and memories.  So to me it was quite jarring that the story contained so many, well, quite graphic soft-core love scenes; for example: "Peter helped my hands trace to bottle of oil, then stretched out next to me on the bed. He took off my blouse, then poured the oil on my skin; it pooled there slightly between my breasts and he massaged me, then he pulled my knees apart. My skirt fell to the floor and I felt the heavy, warm press of his hips, as his whole self came in."  And then there was this: "He yanked up my skirt so that I felt the hem on the backs of my thighs.  Still, the fabric stayed between us.  But I felt in waves.  With my hands holding the doorjamb I felt him pummel me. 'Do you like that?' he spelled to me.  'Yes.'" 

Well.  I just have a very hard time believing that Helen Keller (or her family) would be in favor of her image and reputation being associated with this kind of writing.  I understand the book is based on fact, but it is a stranger's interpretation of the facts.  And passages like this (and I am no prude) (and there are many of them) made me completely uncomfortable throughout the book.   

The writer also over-used scents as a descriptive force.  I understand that Helen herself had to rely on smell, taste and touch in her life, but the repetitive focus on smells was so frequent that it eventually exhausted my patience;   There's Peter with "the scent of night, whiskey and tobacco on his skin."  Then, "Peter's wit, scent of water, smoke, and fury took me in."  Later Helen "inhales Peter's scent of pine soap and coffee."  Still later, "Peter's scent--muskrat, hot rain, and tar--stayed with me when I waded deeper into the pond water." And on and on.  Enough already.  This annoying cliche seemed to be found on almost every page.

Overall, I fouund this book distasteful and difficult to finish, not only because of the poor writing style, but primarily because I felt it does nothing to preserve or enhance Helen Keller's legacy.  She deserves far better than to be sullied in this way.  I slogged though it somehow--but reader beware indeed!

 



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I followed California with another PostApoc. book, The Pesthouse by Jim Crace.  Only a 3 star.  I think the books grimness and grittiness was appropriate, but there was NO relief in the writing at all.  You never see the blue of her scarf as a nice let alone pretty color.  No food as flavor worth eating it for.  I skimmed a lot of the book just to get to the end.  

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Currently reading:  The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser.  Meet the Annas:  A Musical Novel by Robert Dunn.  David Carradine: The Eye of my Tornado by Marina Anderson, former wife.  I will probably start a 4th book this weekend as well, something more of a page turner type than these are.

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I am currently listening to Widow's Walk by Robert B. Parker and Narrated by Joe Mantenga.  I could listen to that man read the phone book!

Charlene

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Kathyk said:

I am listening to "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" read by Barbara Rosenblat. I read the book years ago and saw the movie but I'm enjoying the audio version more than either of them. Barbara Rosenblat is hysterical and her different British accents - "spot on" . I've laughed out loud more than I have in ages.

 

Hi Kathy!,

I'd be interested in listening to that if you're willing to part with it.  There is one in the system, but it is a different narrator.

Charlene

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Finished last book now starting Country Brides by Debbie Macomber
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I have several book going but am really excited by Bangkok 8 by John Burdett.  Great murder mystery, lots of comtemporary Thai culture, and great writing.  I started collecting more of the series but only the first was printed in Large print, bad for me but I will read them anyway.   Reminds me of Colin Cotterill's Dr. Siri series which I love. 

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FINISHED

Going Gone (Forces of Nature, Bk 3): Sharon Sala         The Stormchaser is at it again.  I have read all 3 of these and liked them.

The Compound (Compound, Bk 1): S. A. Bodeen         This is a YA book and a fast read.  I liked it and will be waiting on the next one.

The Sea Runners: Ivan Doig            This had a good storyline, but the pronunciation and the speech that it is written in, was hard for me to focus.

Woof at the Door (Call of the Wilde, Bk 1): Laura Morrigan     I had already read 2 of the other books and liked them. This was enjoyable, also.

Private India: City on Fire (Private, Bk 8): James PattersonAshwin Sanghi    Enjoyable book, but all the names of the characters had me so confused.

 

 

 

 



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