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Subject: Autumn Blue, Bad Luck & Trouble, Tallgrass, and Winter's Child - 4/1
Date Posted: 6/17/2010 4:21 PM ET
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I have an unpostable book because the code will not work.  So I am listing it over here to see if anyone wants it.  

It is "Select Editions: A compilation of 4 authors, perfect for a trip carry along." the book is in "like new" condition, I am not sure if it has ever been read.  It is the paperback version.

The titles that are included in the book are listed below:

1. Autumn Blue by Karen Harter: Single mother Sidney Walker needs help. She has three kids to raise, and they are more than she can handle by herself. Her retired neighbor, Millard Bradbury, simply wants to be left alone instead of having his life meddled in by his overbearing daughter. When their lives intersect, Sidney and Millard learn hat maybe the things they need the most are the ones they least expect. A warm, engaging family drama. "A touching story of family & faith."  ----------  A lyrical, character-driven novel about a single mother who struggles to save her troubled young son and finds help in the most unexpected place. Sidney Walker should have married her ex-boyfriend Jack when she had the chance, then maybe her teenage son, Tyson, wouldn't be under house arrest for attempted robbery. Her retired neighbor, Bradbury, has stepped in temporarily to watch Tyson while she's at work, but Sidney needs to make a permanent change. She knows what Tyson needs is a father, and though she's attracted to the deputy sheriff involved in his case, Jack wants to get back together and would make a far better parent. As autumn rolls across the landscape, Sidney must decide between doing what's best for her children and following her heart.

2. Bad Luck & Trouble by Lee Child: Lee Child's explosive new thriller begins in a helicopter high above the california desert. A man - a former army colleague of freelance investigator Jack Reacher - is sent free-falling to his death. When Reacher learns of the murder, he calls on his old military unit to join him to avenge the crime. And in a world where Jack reacher decides you're the enemy, you'd better be ready for a big dose of bad luck and trouble. "Lee Child...may be the best thriller writer in the business."  ----------  Ex-military cop Jack Reacher is the perfect antihero--tough as nails, but with a brain and a conscience to match. He's able to see what most miss and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Each book in Lee Child's smart, addictive series (The New York Times has referred to it as "pure escapist gold") follows the wandering warrior on a new adventure, making it easy to start with any book, including his latest gem, Bad Luck and Trouble. However, be forewarned...once you meet Jack Reacher, you'll be hooked, so be prepared to stock up on the series.

3. Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas: In times of turmoil, it may not be easy to recognize a real hero. When Japanese arrive at the internment camp at the old Tallgrass Ranch in Colorado in 1942, thirteen year old Rennie Stroud and her family are not the only local folks suspicios of the newcomers. Soon Rennie's life is turned upside down as she discovers the darkest and best parts of the human heart right in her own home. "Tallgrass has all of the elements of an American classic."   ----------  An ugly murder is central to this compelling historical, but the focus is on one appealing family, the Strouds, in the backwater town of Ellis, Colo. Soon after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government rounded up all the Japanese residents of the West Coast and shipped them off to "internment camps" for the duration of the war. One of the camps is Tallgrass, based on an actual Colorado camp, as Dallas (The Chili Queen) explains in her acknowledgments. The major discomforts and petty indignities these (mostly) American citizens had to endure are viewed through the clear eyes of a young girl who lives on a nearby farm, Rennie Stroud. Rennie's obvious love of family slowly extends itself to the Japanese house and field helpers the Strouds receive permission to hire. The final surprise is the who and why of the murder itself. Dallas's terrific characters, unerring ear for regional dialects and ability to evoke the sights and sounds of the 1940s make this a special treat.

4. Winter's Child by Margaret Maron: Judge Deborah Knott and sheriff's deputy Dwight Bryant are just settling into their new marrige, when Dwight receives an urgent phone call. His young son's mother - Dwight's ex-wife - had disappeared. Dwight rushes to the bou's side to search for answers, but all he finds are more questions. Had his ex been in trouble? Is his son now in danger? "The considerable strength of Maron's writing lies in giving her sleuth a life...Maron does it superbly"  ----------  A family-oriented judge blissfully content in her brand-new marriage to her childhood friend turned marital partner Dwight Bryant, deputy sheriff of Colleton County. Part of an extended family so large it requires a map of the family tree to help readers keep track of the various relatives, Deborah is jolted from her routine when, first, Dwight's ex-wife and, then, his eight-year-old son, Cal, go missing. Meanwhile, Dwight's colleagues are busy tracking leads in the case of a local roustabout who has been killed by a shot to the head while sipping a beer in his pickup truck. As always, familial concerns take pride of place over the mystery as Deborah tries to stanch her jealousy upon perusing old wedding photos of Dwight's beautiful if shallow ex-wife; she also worries about establishing a solid relationship with Cal--when and if they can find him. In Maron's charming, folksy, small-town world, even the mayhem is domestic in nature, in this case prompted by stolen antiques and highway litter.

If you would like it...Please post here & PM me.  (You can either gift me 1 credit or order 1 book on my bookshelf and I will send this one instead.) Thank you for looking, Sabrina

Sorry about all of the post editing...I was adding the book info. :)

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